In a survey of its members, English USA found nearly 80% of the IEPs that responded had seen a decline in their 2016 spring enrolments compared to the year before. Only 10% said they had more springtime enrolments in 2016.
The UK’s ELT sector has shrunk for the second year in a row as both adult and junior enrolments dropped for the first time and lengths of stay diminished. English UK figures show the country hosted 42,000 fewer students in 2015, 8% less than the previous year.
Cuts to scholarships and tumbling oil prices have unsettled the Saudi market, but a booming youth population and labour market needs mean the country still presents huge opportunities for student recruitment, says a British Council report.
Fears that South Africa’s English language sector is being squeezed by restrictive visa conditions have been confirmed in the latest statistics from Education South Africa. Figures show that student numbers at member schools plummeted by more than a third in 2015.