In the latest episode of ICF’s continuing podcast series, Craig Riggs (editor of ICEF Monitor) and Martijn van de Veen (vice-president of business development) discuss some of the trends shaping student mobility this quarter, including some important developments in China and new student loan supports for international students. They are joined by Vincenzo Raimo, a global higher education specialist, who expands on some of his ongoing research on education agents and their increasingly important role in international recruitment.
Kateryna Kzhemanovska from Ukraine did Year 1 with Kings Education at Concordia College in New York and was then transferred to Boston University (ranked 42) to major in Public Relations.
The US Department of State has announced that consular officers may waive in-person interview requirements for F-1 and M-1 student visas and student streams of the J-1 visa under certain conditions, particularly in visa waiver countries, for the remainder of 2021.READ MORE
The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022 have been released, showing the US continuing to dominate the top positions and gains for China and institutions producing Covid-19 medical research.
Canada announced a significant expansion of its Student Direct Stream (SDS) on 9 July 2021, with students from seven new countries throughout the Americas now eligible to participate in the expedited program for Canadian study permits.
Students from Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago may now apply via SDS, an online option that offers faster processing times for eligible study permit applicants.READ MORE
A new immigration route has opened on Thursday (1 July 2021), allowing international graduates to kick-start their careers in the UK after they have finished their studies at a UK university. The UK Home Office has also confirmed further Covid-19 visa concessions for students unable to travel to the UK.
With travel restrictions gradually loosening and global borders reopening, one of the world’s leading language networks Verbalists Education, owned by PRODIREKT, launched a promotional campaign aiming to position Malta as the top language tourism destination for this summer. The decision came as no surprise, as Malta has established itself as a safe destination for travelers from around the world. The Language Network’s promotional efforts will be supported by its continued partnership with the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) and the ELT Council.
PRODIREKT and the Verbalists Education & Language Network have partnered with the world’s leading teacher training experts so that our member teachers and education professionals can achieve better results, and more motivated, inspired and involved learners.
Since the beginning of 2021, we have combined forces with NeuroHeart Education and Neurolanguage Coaching to promote structural changes in Education, Languages and Communication. Rachel Paling, an International Game Changer in Education, in particular, the education of languages and a creator of Neurolanguage Coaching®, will be delivering a series of free webinars and workshops which will help to introduce coaching in education, as well as the practical application of neuroscientific findings and principles in the learning process. READ MORE
PRODIREKT and Verbalists Education & Language Network are excited to announce yet another partnership with one of the world’s leading educators, this time with NeuroHeart Education® and Neurolanguage Coaching®.
After our last year’s success with the iTeach project, when together with UKLC, a reputable provider of UK-based language courses, we helped iTeach become a leading online learning platform for EFL teachers, this year we partnered with NeuroHeart Education and Neurolanguage Coaching, headed by Rachel Paling, an International Game Changer in Education, in particular, the education of languages. READ MORE
We are education specialists and a trusted education consultant for students looking to open their world by studying overseas. Given our long-standing reputation and strong ethical approach to business, PRODIREKT has built a powerful brand image and positioned itself as one of the most credible education and study abroad consultancy firms in the industry. We like to compare ourselves to a sports coach. You do not need a coach to play sports; however, with a top coach you can win in the most competitive ranks and achieve your greatest potential. READ MORE
We are delighted to announce that PRODIREKT and the Verbalists Education & Language Network will sponsor and take part in The 5th NeuroHeart Education Conference, which will take place online from May 14th until May 16th, 2021.
The conference is accredited by the International Coaching Federation, and all its proceeds will be donated to the NeuroHeart Education Foundation.
As featured in Schools & Agents, a leading online publication and network in the field of International Education:
Few education media can claim the level of devotion earned by PRODIREKT and the Verbalists Education Network, home to language education and study abroad. With almost 2 million views and counting, the Verbalists YouTube Channel is easily among the world’s most popular for study abroad, while the Facebook Business Page boasts about 100,000 members. The LinkedIn pages of both PRODIREKT and Verbalists Education have thousands of followers, and the Communication & Languages Group has become the place where education industry professionals post and exchange views. So, what makes the Verbalists social media so successful, we asked Dejan Trpkovic, Managing Director of PRODIREKT and the founder of the Verbalists Education & Language Network: READ MORE
Okay….here’s a question: Why does our industry still do that ridiculous thing of defining a language teacher by where they’re from? The Native Speaker Fallacy can’t still survive…can it? Does speaking a language qualify one to teach it? READ MORE
We are very excited and honored that our global partnership with Niagara College Canada has been recently strengthened – PRODIREKT has become the exclusive representative in the Southeast Europe region.
In recognition of our strengthened partnership with this college, we will be awarding worldwide scholarships of up to $2,000 for the Summer and Fall enrollments. After the recently changed immigration regulations, which have made Canada probably the best country in the world to work abroad upon graduation, our students now have one more great reason to study in Canada.
We are excited about our global representation and close partnership with Niagara College. Our students’ testimonials and many visits made to this college have instilled our belief that this is one of the most enterprising educators in Canada. The college delivers on its mission – to enrich lives and fulfill dreams by offering students hands-on, real-world learning experiences they need to succeed – both in the classroom and beyond. READ MORE
For many parents, the idea of leaving their child at boarding school tears at the heartstrings. No parent has an easy time being away from their kids. However, the pain of separation may be eased by considering lots of benefits boarding schools offer. READ MORE
One of the appeals of studying abroad is the opportunity to experience a new work culture via a post-study work visa. According to the 2019 International Student Survey report from QS, when choosing a country to study in, 35% of respondents want to be able to get a work visa after graduation. In some circumstances, like in case of Canada, the right post-study work visa can be the first step towards becoming a permanent resident of the country that hosted you during your education.
If you’d like to stay abroad after your studies, these English-speaking countries offer the best work visa schemes for international students based on length of stay. READ MORE
This year’s rankings are launched at a challenging time for the whole world, with COVID-19 impacting universities and students alike. The latest QS World University Rankings reveals the top 1,000 universities from around the world, covering 80 different locations. There are 47 new entrants in this year’s top 1,000 while over 5,500 universities were evaluated and considered for inclusion. READ MORE
International parents are often keenly interested in the facts and figures of UK Independent Schools. So, what does “independent school” mean?
Independent schools are private schools that are overseen by a board of governors or trustees. But independent schools are not traditional private schools. A private school can be run by a for-profit company, a non-profit company, or a church or some other non-governmental organization. Conversely, an independent school is considered private, but is run by a board of governors or trustees that is independent (hence the name) of any other entities. READ MORE
Offering international teachers of English the chance for high-quality professional development and a unique community to join.
The past year has tested many of us, and alongside our doctors and nurses, teachers continuing to educate remotely should be applauded. In many cases with little or no experience or training, around the world teachers had to adapt to online lessons and a completely new style of delivery. READ MORE
A while ago, I came across an interesting article published in The Guardian, entitled: Could language be the key to detecting fake news? The proliferation of deliberately misleading speeches, articles, websites and social media posts has led to many researchers trying to work out what the linguistic characteristics of fake news are. The article mentions that several researchers found that fake news may have in common the language they use – fake news articles use more words related to sex, death and anxiety, and overly emotional language is often deployed. The researchers noted that propaganda tends to use abstract generalities like “truth” and “freedom.”
But how accurate can artificial intelligence (AI) be in telling fact from fake? READ MORE
Studying in Hungary is very popular among international students because the quality of education is high while the cost of living is low. One can continue their studies in such beautiful and pulsating cities like Budapest, Szeged, or Debrecen. Moreover, the Hungarian government offers a lot of different scholarships for those who decide to come to continue their studies in Hungary. READ MORE
A new study tracking international students’ attitudes and behaviors through the pandemic finds that students are increasingly willing to begin studies online if they can eventually switch to face-to-face learning.
Demand for in-person learning is high, and more than half of international students said they would consider switching destinations for the chance to begin face-to-face learning as soon as possible. READ MORE
On 11 September 2019 the UK Government announced the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies.
For international students wishing to study in the UK, the new post-study work visa provides the opportunity to work in the UK after graduation. READ MORE
Over 10,000 students have placed their education and professional development safely in our hands, so why not do the same for your career? READ MORE
Deep but entertaining talks by late Sir Ken Robinson, warmly recommended to all educators out there.
A legendary figure in the fields of education and creativity, Sir Ken Robinson, has recently died at the age of 70. He was the world’s best-known and most entertaining educator and his talk “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” was the most-watched TED talk of all times. We are sharing his TED Talks below. Sit back, enjoy and remember to share and comment, your opinion matters! READ MORE
With lectures at universities and colleges restarting in Germany this autumn, new students may be asking themselves what they want to gain from their education. A springboard into academic research? Or perhaps a means to enter a certain profession? On the other hand, some students simply go through education simply for the promise of greater financial gain. Luckily for these individuals, Salary.de have analyzed salary data from 43.782 jobs by subject, industry, region and company size to determine where you are most likely to start earning the big bucks. READ MORE
This month, the UK government changed the immigration route for students! What used to be the ‘Tier 4’ route has become the ‘Student’ route. Most of the changes are not significant but they might affect you. PRODIREKT academic advisors have put together a handy guide for you to understand the rules on the new visa procedures for international students.
With the thousands of international schools available around the world, it can be overwhelming trying to make the best decision for your child’s education. Some parents go for the glitz and glamour of the large schools with an abundance of facilities, but often forget youth need attention, and it is often difficult to get that special attention when your child is in a large class.
The power of role models and their influence on us cannot be underestimated. This is particularly true for young people. Whether they are a parent, an athlete, a musician, an actor, or someone else, young people are going to latch onto someone and their accompanying philosophy. They will be influenced by that person’s words, because at their young age they lack the experience and wisdom to know otherwise. When it comes to celebrity role models, media and educators can enhance celebrities’ positive or negative influence on teens, so do we then have the responsibility to channel and explain the messages conveyed by the famous? READ MORE
THE GIFT OF LANGUAGE
The gift of language changes lives, so we want to improve the lives of those who save our lives!
We are exited to announce the launch of our “The Gift of Language” campaign! In partnership with British LAL Language Centres (LAL), we offer 2 scholarships, worth €900 each, for selected healthcare and frontline workers. READ MORE
Our partnership with King’s Ely started in 2017 when 20 of our youngest learners (8-10 year olds) from Italy attended the King’s immersion course. That education project turned out to be a great success! Consequently, in August of the same year, we were invited by the school’s senior management to get a personal feel of that historic school located in the equally historic town of Ely. READ MORE
PRODIREKT is excited to share some important news from Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Canadian Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced new visa policies and services this week that are designed to ease international students’ transition to study in Canada in the coming months.
These new measures include: READ MORE
When language schools were forced to suspend in-person classes earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic many switched immediately to online delivery in order to continue teaching currently enrolled students.
Students and agents now face a myriad of online learning programs, many of them with questionable pricing and quality. Should online language learning courses be just a simple Zoom or Skype teaching, or should they be developed into true E-learning systems taught by trained teachers? READ MORE
Our spring in Canada was action packed last year. After the experience of a lifetime in Vancouver, where we attended two major education events – ILAC Partnership Forum and ICEF Workshop, we flew to Toronto for the second part of our Canadian education globetrotting. Prior to our visiting ILAC International College in Toronto and Niagara College in Welland, we were invited by the management of Ridley College, one of the best schools in Canada, to be their guest. READ MORE
Actors, musicians, leading professionals and many other distinguished people are also members of the Verbalists Communication & Language Network. We bring you today the highlights of our last summer’s interview with The Jive Aces, who have firmly established themselves as the UK’s No.1 jive & swing band. READ MORE
Despite these turbulent and uncertain times for all of us, we still remain committed to and focused on delivering continuous support to our students. To that end, we are very excited to share the news about the expanded partnership we have forged with the District School Board of Niagara. This more involved relationship with the organization that manages 99 elementary and secondary schools in the Niagara region is important for our goal to provide the students from the emerging markets with a quality education that empowers them with the knowledge and desire to chase their dreams. READ MORE
Enroll in the Kings Oxford programs through PRODIREKT and enjoy the tuition fee savings of £1,000
With its historic buildings and beautiful parks, Oxford is one of England’s most attractive cities. Its world-famous university puts students at the center of Oxford life, which makes it a fantastic place to live and learn as an international student. READ MORE
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When one organization grows together with its students, then that is a true success story. We very much enjoyed being a part of Slavo’s youth. Our student Slavko Slavo Apostolov attended several Verbalists programs. When he was 16, we enrolled him in the Manchester United football & English school in the UK. Slavo came back from that prestigious football camp excited, happy and with a Best Player award. At 18, he attended Verbalists’ most popular language travel program – My LONDON. Last year, upon finishing his high school, that charming young man came to us again, this time for our guidance about study abroad opportunities. READ MORE
INTEAD has released a special edition report on emerging markets as part of their research series in collaboration with FPP EDU Media (Know Your Neighborhood, which aims to help US educators with recruiting and marketing in specific regions). The report is based on survey responses gathered over June and July last year from more than 12,000 respondents in Latin America and Africa. We will focus our article on South America given the fact that most students being advised and/or recruited by PRODIREKT and our Verbalists Language Network come from Mexico and Brazil. READ MORE
Who knows sports dynamics better than one of the world’s best recognized sports brands? Who understands language learning needs better than one of the world’s most popular language networks? The Verbalists Language Network is proud to represent for yet another successful year the NIKE tennis summer camps for young learners between 10 and 17 years of age, please see program details READ MORE
In September, the representatives of PRODIREKT, together with a small selected group of other agents, were invited by Stonar, a leading UK boarding school, to be their guest for a couple of days and to visit their premises. Stonar laid on an exclusive coach to transport the group to the school. The guidance and care offered by schools’ representatives as soon as we boarded the bus in London signaled something very pleasantly different. Kasha, Rachel and Judy made sure that we didn’t miss anything…and that didn’t stop until we sadly parted company with them at the end of our familiarization trip. What follows is our testimonial to what we experienced and just a taste of what our students and their parents can expect to find at Stonar. READ MORE