Times Higher Education have just published their Student Experience Survey. Accompanying it they have articles which delve into various topics and issues which students face when deciding where to study.
Stephen Petty, author of the article “Sixth sense – or how to choose the best courses” approached Go Enrol for a comment about which factors play a role in determining which university an international student will apply for. Go Enrol, CEO, Stephen Parkes commented that:
…while the cachet of studying in the UK used to be enough, many students now want to study at a university that is familiar to their employers and to their social circle at home.
Mr. Petty made many other suggestions and observations which we agree with in his article, such as location being important and the value of being able to visit the university before applying.
If you are looking for courses in the UK, please see Go Enrol’s search page or if you are looking for more personal advise we offer a consulting service.
During this week, Go Enrol conducted a straw poll of English language schools in the UK. We asked Directors, Marketing Managers and other senior staff, how they were thinking of voting in the upcoming EU referendum.
The overwhelming response was that people working at language schools wanted the UK to stay in. In fact nine out of ten said they wanted to vote to stay in the EU.
A few of those who took part shared their reasons for wanting to stay. These reasons included concerns that voting to leave would be perceived as “We don’t like foreigners”. Other reasons cited were that having student tourists was key to survival and that valued staff members are from other EU countries and a vote to leave creates uncertainty about their employment.
However, with an industry with thousands of individuals working hard to improve student opportunities and create livelihoods for their communities, our poll’s sample size is too small to be representative of the whole industry. It gives a small taste of sentiment at this time.
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The latest Go Enrol partner from Canada has been launched on our website. Canadian Language Centre is based in Toronto. It offers a wide range of language courses for students who want to improve their English.
More information about Canadian Language Centre can be found on Go Enrol.
For the second year running, Go Enrol has conducted a survey of English language schools in native-English speaking countries. The primary goal is to understand the industry better and play a small role in helping schools improve themselves.
Some of what we found won’t be surprising for those in the industry, for example that agents remain the dominant force for supplying students to schools. Having this reaffirmed by peers is, however, useful. For schools in the UK, a major challenge for much of 2015 was the strong pound which has led some to explore courses which are perceived as more value-add. The idea that students signed up for a courses because they were, at least in part, wanting a “holiday” became less popular when we compared it to last year’s data.
We still find that the industry is very fragmented. Whilst there are of course some major international brands, when we asked the schools which schools in the industry are setting the standard for English language training – not one school was named twice. Accreditation bodies did come in for praise though. The British Council appears to be particularly well regarded.
These findings and more have been put together in an Executive Summary which we are making available for $39. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, please go to our partner website and follow the Paypal process – website.
We’re happy to let you know that we have been accepted onto the Microsoft BizSpark program. This competitive program to be accepted onto offers a range of support to growing, tech businesses.
What does this mean for our customers and users of goenrol.com? The same great and always improving support will still be the case. This support from the Microsoft BizSpark program helps us behind the scenes to be more efficient. This will free up more resources and time to further improve Go Enrol to help students and parents find the best courses and schools.
We are happy to announce that we have signed with our first language school partner in Scotland. The school is the renowned Basil Paterson in Edinburgh. They are well known for their IELTS courses and other English language courses which support students to improve their language skills.
Basil Paterson is now live on Go Enrol. You can see their institution page here and their IELTS course here.
If you are interested in studying at Basil Paterson, please contact students[at]goenrol.com.
If you are a school interested in working with us, then please write to schools[at]goenrol.com.
This week we hit another great milestone: student and parents in 180 countries have now used Go Enrol. We’re thrilled that what we are building has been and continues to be used by people in so many places.
The biggest sources of traffic to Go Enrol continues to come from Thailand, Indonesia, the UK, USA and India. At the other end of the scale though, we’ve thrilled to have welcomed and helped people from countries ranging from Vanuatu to Togo to Benin to the Solomon Islands.
No matter where you’re from we are here to help. If you have any feedback or questions please do get in touch.