Despite economic and political tensions in key ELT source markets, national initiatives to promote foreign language learning and a strengthening link of languages to employability are continuing to drive demand for study abroad in Brazil, Spain, Russia and Turkey.
We all lead "digitally enabled" lives but what consequences does the rise in digital innovation have for the landscape of study travel, in particular for the booking process and the future of the education agencies who marshal the ambitions of students? Natalie Marsh finds out.
Education agents have spoken out against Australia's Streamlined Visa Processing system, saying it is neither faster nor dependable for visa issuance. They have cautiously welcomed the recent announcement that the system will be scrapped starting next year but say it's too early to tell if it will be an improvement.
ICEF has launched a US Agent Training Course specifically designed to improve the quality of service delivered by education agents sending students to study in the US. Agents may sit an exam at the end of the free online course.
The US has overtaken the UK as the top receiving country for ELT as global growth slows and the study travel industry enters a period of market consolidation, leading to price pressure, IALC research has distilled.