In exciting news for the European study travel industry, the Italian government has announced it will resume providing scholarships for high school study abroad courses through the PON scheme after a year-long lull.
ELT providers in the UK are waiting anxiously to find out if funding for Italy’s PON scheme will be released this year. This, along with the programme's challenges and opportunities, was a hot topic of discussion among providers in London this week.
British Council-accredited schools voiced concerns over quality provision, price wars and challenges around satisfying group leaders of the Italian MoE’s PON scholarship scheme at an event held by the British Council, English UK and Trinity College this week.
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.