Students looking to study in the UK for six months or less can now enter on a standard visitor visa

UK student visas, Verbalists

The UK is to introduce more flexibility into the visitor visa route by removing the short-term study visa and allowing study on programs up to six months on a visitor visa, while English UK is calling on the government to adopt measures to support the sector as it estimates an 80 per cent loss of student weeks due to Covid-19.

The short-term study visa route will close at the end of the year and students looking to study in the UK for six months or less can enter on a standard visitor visa. READ MORE

Accredited online programs in Canada may lead to a post-graduate work permit in Canada

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

US administration withdraws controversial policy barring foreign students from online study in the US

The US government has rescinded its 6 July immigration rule that would effectively have barred international students from entering or remaining in the US if their program of study transitioned to online delivery. READ MORE

Study in the UK – top scholarships for international students

The UK is known for the high quality of its education, but it is also one of the most expensive. For many international students the expense of studying in the UK is prohibitive, which is why getting some form of financial assistance is a must.

PRODIREKT is well known for helping students coming from the developing countries enter the Western universities. We believe that education should be a right, not a privilege. Therefore, we promote universities that see the value in diversifying their campuses. Although here on our website you may find some of the programs offering scholarships exclusive to our international students, there are many other scholarships, especially in the UK, that are available. Today, we bring you a list of top scholarships in the United Kingdom: READ MORE

The new challenges for schools and online learning

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

Getting to know one of the Canada’s most prestigious schools – Ridley College

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

Swing (to English) to cure depression, The Jive Aces with Verbalists

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

Achieving our high school students’ education success together with the District School Board of Niagara in Canada

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

OSIBISA and Gregg Kofi Brown bring Verbalists one special Sunshine Day

This summer Verbalists had a very enjoyable interview with Gregg Kofi Brown, Ghanaian musician, who served as a singer and guitarist for the famous African group Osibisa for over two decades before issuing his first solo effort in 2005 with the “Together as One” album. READ MORE

Here are thousands of free online courses from world’s top universities like MIT, Stanford, and Harvard

The coronavirus pandemic has temporary changed how we live. We know that staying at home for a prolonged period of time can be difficult and frustrating, so it’s important to remember to take care of your mind as well as your body. While no one wanted coronavirus, it is certainly providing an opportunity for a massive, global experiment in online learning. Dozens of institutions —​ including Ivy League schools —​ have halted in-person teaching to help stem the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory illness the novel coronavirus causes. READ MORE

Introducing Kings Oxford, an outstanding provider of university preparation programs

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.

Our partner Kings Oxford is part of a wider group of international schools – Kings Education. Kings Education runs 7 year-round schools: in the UK – Oxford, London, and Bournemouth, and in the USA – Boston, Los Angeles, New York and New Jersey.

PRODIREKT has been a global academic advising partner of Kings Education since 2000, while our Verbalists Language Network has enrolled 100s of language students at the King’s schools in the UK and USA. READ MORE

How to become skilled and independent just after high school, studying and working in Canada was Slavo’s way

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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

The most important factors for South American students when planning for study in the USA

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

A visit to our students at the NIKE Tennis & English Camp at Bisham Abbey

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 here

Last summer, we visited our students at Bisham Abbey, which is one of England’s top tennis venues. Beautifully situated on the banks of the river Thames, extensive sports facilities surround an 800 year old abbey once belonging to King Henry VIII. Several British Olympic teams use Bisham as their training base throughout the year.

We talked to our players and coach Gill Lemore about this high-performance Nike tennis camp:

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In search of best boarding schools, Stonar

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

Student testimonials, our perspective

Schools & Agents (S&A) interview with Dejan Trpkovic, PRODIREKT, published on 27 November 2018:

The Importance of Student Testimonials – An Agent’s Perspective

In this day and age selling has become quite an aggressive business – be it the selling of tangible products as well as the selling of services. Education, is by no means an exception to this rule. Nowadays we are living in a world which uses every possible medium to spread the world about whatever it is that Company X or Business Y has to offer. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that when it boils down to making a decision about their future, students all over the world need all the reassurance they can get. READ MORE

Educators and agents speak their mind about how they see the education industry in the months ahead

Educators, agents, and service providers are planning for a number of scenarios into 2021, but ICEF wanted to take a closer look at how everyone is preparing for the upcoming student intakes between now and September. For example, when and how will visa services be restored for major study destinations? What about travel restrictions? Can we expect international flight schedules to pick up as restrictions ease off? READ MORE