Canadian educators are reporting a surge of interest from Mexican students considering studying abroad because of a combination of relaxed visa rules between the two countries and the 'Trump effect'. "Canada has always been popular, but we have always had to compete with the United States; that is now changing," one said.
Just under one in ten internationally mobile French language students study in Canada, according to a new report presented at the Languages Canada conference this month. France claims the majority of the global share with 83%.
New regulations that private language schools in British Columbia have had to adhere to since the end of 2015 in order to be able to accept student visa holders are costly and an ill-fit that will drive a quality schism in the industry, claim stakeholders.
The Quality Assurance in Language Education Network, a worldwide network of English language accreditation bodies, has officially launched its website and branding this month, following a symposium in Malta. The developments put the organisation on track to create a forum for sharing best practice and comparing accreditation systems used in different countries.