22 Nov 2020 – On 11 September 2019, the UK Government announced the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies.
For international students wishing to study in the UK, the new post-study work visa provides the opportunity to work in the UK after graduation. READ MORE
01 Nov 2020 – This month, the UK government changed the immigration route for students! What used to be the ‘Tier 4’ route has become the ‘Student’ route. Most of the changes are not significant but they might affect you. PRODIREKT academic advisors have put together a handy guide for you to understand the rules on the new visa procedures for international students. READ MORE
The UK education sector is elated that post-study work rights are set to be offered to international students for two years post-graduation, with students graduating in the 2020/21 academic year set to benefit from this new immigration rule. It was a rule that the education sector had been campaigning hard for, particularly in the last few years, since the same two-year work rights were rescinded in 2012.
According to a government statement, the new post-study work visa will be available to students who have successfully completed a degree at undergraduate level or above at a UK higher education institution which has a “proven track record” in upholding immigration checks.
There will be no cap on the number of applications.
The new immigration route will enable eligible students to work or job hunt at any skill level, and they will be able to switch to the Skilled Work route if they find a job which meets its requirements.
The UK government has posted a fact sheet on the details around the post-study work visa here
The UK Department for Education has announced the expansion of accelerated two-year degree programs for universities in England, following a consultation period.The government said that two-year bachelor degrees would encourage new providers into the market, help students to fast-track their way into the workforce, and create “an unprecedented level of choice and flexibility”.
The UK Department for Education has agreed to a new fee system which will allow providers to charge 20 per cent more per year for domestic/EU students, a fee structure that will provide a saving to students of at least 20 per cent (approximately UK£5,500) for the total cost of a degree, he said. The proposals for courses fees will require parliamentary approval.
The government response to the scheme does not detail course fees for non-EU students. For standard three-year degrees, fees are capped for domestic/EU students, but providers are free to set fees for non-EU students.
A US based education group and academic consultancy PRODIREKT, which also owns the Verbalists Language Network, has partnered with the leading education event organizer Advent Group to promote their Access MBA and Access Masters tours. Access MBA and Access Masters tours represent a series of events that take place in over 55 cities around the world. The tours bring together elite international business schools and high-caliber candidates.
Dejan Trpkovic, Managing Director of PRODIREKT, explained cooperation synergies of the two companies: “Our partnership with Advent Group will bring a great value to prospective postgraduate students. It combines our expertise in academic advising as well as strong social media presence through the Verbalists Language Network on one side, and the event organizing proficiency and experience of Advent Group on the other side. High reputation of both companies will help bring top schools and candidates to the same table.”
A new study from AFS Intercultural Programs provides some fresh insights into the perspective of younger millennials on study abroad.
Mapping Generation Z: Attitudes Toward International Education Programs surveyed 5,255 students in 27 countries between March and December 2016. The survey finds that six in ten Gen Z respondents – that is, those aged 13-to-18 years old – have considered study abroad. With some variation by home country, between 57% and 75% indicated that their main motivation in going abroad was to seek out new cultural experiences. READ MORE
In the course of examining world markets for student housing and housing investment, global real estate services firm Savills has arrived at an interesting analysis of relative cost of study for major cities around the world.
Let’s first acknowledge that comparing costs of study is always a tricky business. Currency values never stop moving around each other, “apples-to-apples” comparisons among institutions and programmes can be elusive, and some of the sharp differences in costs between major cities and smaller towns often get smoothed out into national averages.
That’s in part what makes the Savills estimates noteworthy. They are focused on larger cities, where international enrollment is often concentrated. They also look exclusively at the relative costs of purpose-built student housing (PBSH), and at the tuition costs for non-specialist STEM degree programmes (e.g., mathematics) at institutions ranked in the top tier of the QS global rankings.
Savills has rendered all of those costs in a common currency – US$ – and has arrived at a summary of average monthly costs of being an international student in 23 major world cities. READ MORE