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  • Norway mulls tuition fees for non-EU students

    The Norwegian government is considering introducing tuition fees for international students from outside the EU and EEA alongside proposed cuts of 80.5m NOK (US$12m) in next year’s budget despite. It has faced parliamentary opposition and demonstrations against the proposal were held this week outside the University of Oslo.

  • Scandinavia top for international student satisfaction in Europe

    Finland, Sweden and Denmark have ranked in the top three European countries for international student satisfaction, most notably for academics and organisation of their universities while Southern European countries have been left trailing in the latest StudyPortals student satisfaction report.

  • US students spend €200 million in Spain while studying

    US students studying abroad in Spain contribute more than €200 million to the national economy through local transportation, mobile phones, travel and cultural activities, according to the Association of North American Programs in Spain.

  • Brokenshire rebuts claims that UK gov not doing enough

    Immigration Minister James Brokenshire rebutted claims last week that the government is not doing enough to help the UK’s international education sector, despite eloquent arguments that the UK is becoming overly reliant on China and losing its competitive edge.

  • ELT MOOC proves FutureLearn’s most popular

    The English language-focused MOOC has been the singularly most popular online programme offered by UK platform, FutureLearn, which has shared with The PIE News information about who signed up for the course. Meanwhile, Australia’s own ELT MOOC also suggests massive demand for online ELT.

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Cultural collision: what is learning a language like from the inside?

Culture shock can strike international students the world over at any time, leaving them feeling isolated and displaced, and sometimes even causing them to return home. Katie Duncan finds out what agencies, educators and governments are doing to help smooth the transition and even speaks to students themselves about their cultural experiences.

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