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.

Slavo at the famous Old Trafford stadium

PRODIREKT education and academic advising group, who owns the Verbalists Language Network, is often approached by high school graduates and young professionals in search for their next career move. Slavo, who at his young age already became a professional soccer player in Serbia, had the usual dilemma – should I go to university or just take another English course, or should I just start gaining work experience right away. And if university, which one? Should it be in country or abroad? What if I start university and don’t like it or can’t finish it? After talking to Slavo and his parents, we felt that for him the best option might be a one year ILAC International College program in Canada, which can practically serve as his gap year. READ MORE

A new post-Brexit UK immigration system will place European students under the same rules as non-EU counterparts

The UK’s Home Office has announced a new post-Brexit immigration system that will place European students under the same rules as non-EU counterparts and introduce a points-based system for skilled work and student visas.

In the initial outline of the new system – due to take effect from 1 January 2021 – the government has also said the EU citizens will be treated as non-visa nationals, and that the use of ID cards for entry by European citizens will be phased out. 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