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ETS tests no longer accepted by UK visa authorities

The UK government has ended its licence agreement with ETS to provide Secure English Language Testing as required by UKVI. This means that TOEIC and TOEFL scores are no longer valid as proof of English level – ETS confirmed it made the decision after TOEIC fraud was uncovered in UK testing centres.

Visa issuance suspended at four colleges in Ireland

The issuing of visas and residence permissions to international students seeking to enrol at four English language colleges in Ireland has been suspended, following an undercover investigation by The Sunday Times that resulted in claims that some schools are willing to alter official records, allowing students to flout visa regulations.

Irish PM honours international students

Ireland's prime minister Enda Kenny last week honoured international students participating in the government's Student Ambassador programme which aims to use promote Ireland as a study destination to priority markets and recipients of the Government of Ireland Scholarships.

Malta: student numbers down, student weeks up

Latest stats from Malta reveal a slowdown in enrolments although a rise in student weeks helped buoy the English language teaching market overall in 2013. Italy, Russia and Germany led the Western European underpinning of the sector, while the impotance of the ELT market within overall tourism was also highlighted.

UK: Lords want PSW to stop STEM decline

The UK's "unwelcoming" immigration policy is largely to blame for an unprecedented fall in the number of incoming international STEM students, a House of Lords report has concluded. The Lords have called for a "simpler" immigration policy that excludes overseas students from net migration figures and the reinstatement of the post-study work visa.