As what promises to be Nigeria’s closest election in history approaches, students, agents and overseas education institutions are waiting anxiously to see how its outcome will impact student mobility out of one of the largest source markets in Africa.
After 50 years operating in international education, mega-education company EF celebrated in style by breaking the Guinness World Record for the “most nationalities in an online video album of people performing a choreographed dance”.
There are no major upsets in the list of top-ranked study destinations in the 2014 edition of the ICEF i-graduate Agent Barometer, however the latest education agent-based poll reflects Australia's upturn as a study destination. And this year, the USA and Canada tied in first place for overall attractiveness of a study destination.
Changes to visa regulations introduced this year are harming EFL schools, according to South Africa's association of English language providers, which estimates that immigration rules may cut some schools’ business by up to 60%.
Affordable fees and a strong reputation for higher education are among the main draws for international students choosing to study in South Africa, but discrimination and difficulty finding affordable accommodation are significant obstacles, the first major survey of international students in the country has revealed.