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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.

3.3% of visitors to Britain study ESL during stay

Some 1.1 million visitors to the UK took an English language course during their stay in 2013, spending more than £1.2bn in course fees, accommodation and other expenses, data from VisitBritain and the Office for National Statistics shows. Just 24% of visitors who took an English course said that study was the main purpose of their visit.

Russia cancels US-funded FLEX programme

Tense relations between the US and Russia have led to the cancellation of the largest US-Russain educational exchange programme after a teenage Russian boy sought asylum in the US on the grounds that he faced persecution at home as a homosexual. For 21 years the FLEX programme has funded more than 23,000 high school students from former Soviet Union countries to study in the US.

Italy plans to extend PON scholarships nationwide

The government is planning to extend its European high school study abroad scholarship programme, PON, to all of Italy’s 20 regions, as new research shows that the number of high school students studying abroad has increased by 55% in three years. Industry stakeholders have cautiously welcomed the news, but hope that implementation will be "less complicated" than in previous years.