With an already booming tourist offering, the development of a national English language association and diversifying programme options, Cyprus is sailing full steam ahead to make its mark on the ELT roadmap. Natalie Marsh visits the country to find out how.
English language teaching is no longer the preserve of solely English speaking countries. As new destinations emerge, they face significant hurdles - quality assurance, limited state support - but are nonetheless leveraging their strengths to bring in students. Beckie Smith discovers how.
Cyprus is considering limiting the period of time international students can stay and study to just seven years and imposing stricter academic requirements for university entrance, amid reports that students are leaving their studies to work illegally or being forced into exploited labour.
Politicians in Cyprus have called on the government to streamline entry requirements to private higher education institutions, which cater to up to 90% of all non-EU students. They say current student visa obligations are onerous and get in the way of the island's ambitions to become an education hub in the region.
Keen to emulate the success of nearby Malta, Cyprus is the next Mediterranean country angling for a stake in the study travel market by pushing for visa reform and regulation that would enable the country to compete effectively as an English language teaching destination.