Canadian government caps number of student visas for next two years

Submitted by seeta.bhardwa@… on Tue, 01/23/2024 - 16:38

The Canadian government has announced that it will set a cap on international student permit applications for the next two years. 

The cap will mean that approximately 360,000 study permits will be approved in 2024, which is a 35 per cent decrease from the number approved in 2023. 

Caps for each province have been calculated according to population size, meaning provinces that have experienced the lowest increase in international students will see the largest decrease in study permits accepted in 2024. 

International students no longer able to bring dependants on UK student visas

Submitted by seeta.bhardwa@… on Thu, 01/04/2024 - 10:20

From Monday 1st January 2024, international students studying in the UK will no longer be able to bring dependants with them on their UK student visa, aside from those on research postgraduate programmes. 

The announcement was made in May 2023, in a written statement by home secretary Suella Braverman, stated that the government is “removing the right for international students to bring dependants unless they are on postgraduate courses currently designated as research programmes”.

Australia cuts post-study work visa by two years and increases English language test requirements

Submitted by seeta.bhardwa@… on Tue, 12/19/2023 - 10:16

The Australian government has laid out a range of changes to student visas in a bid to crack down on visa applications from non-genuine students and ensure students and graduates are working in jobs that match their skills levels. 

Among these measures are the decision to cut the post-study work visa for international students by two years, just months after it announced extensions to post-study work rights.

What is the TEF? Results of the Teaching Excellence Framework 2023

Submitted by seeta.bhardwa@… on Mon, 12/18/2023 - 12:44

What is the TEF?

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is a system that assesses the quality of teaching in universities in England. It also includes some universities from Scotland and Wales.

The framework was introduced by the government in 2017 to provide a resource for students to judge teaching quality in universities and to increase the importance of teaching excellence (and bring it into line with research excellence) when rating institutions. It is important to note that, currently, the TEF analyses only undergraduate teaching.

Survey finds rise in student satisfaction and challenges to top study destinations

Submitted by seeta.bhardwa@… on Tue, 11/07/2023 - 12:24

The US was the only country among the top four study abroad destinations to be rated above the world average for student satisfaction in a global survey of 126,000 international students.

The 2023 Global Student Satisfaction Awards, conducted by Studyportals, Unibuddy and the British Council IELTS, asked international students from almost every nation to rate their study experience in 126 countries.

Scholarship of the month: UK government AI scholarship and visa package

Submitted by seeta.bhardwa@… on Mon, 11/06/2023 - 09:56

The UK government has announced a £118 million skills package to boost training and development of AI research and expertise in the country. 

Some of the new initiatives announced will be for international students and researchers to come to the UK to continue their studies in AI or develop their skills and training in the field. 

The package will be used to fund a range of developments including:

Winners of 2023 Global Undergraduate Research Awards announced

Submitted by seeta.bhardwa@… on Wed, 10/18/2023 - 17:28

The winners and highly commended students of the 2023 Global Undergraduate Awards have been announced.

The Global Undergraduate Awards is the world’s leading undergraduate academic awards programme, which recognises high-achieving students and their outstanding coursework, shares this work with a global audience and connects students across cultures and disciplines. 

Scholarship of the month: Mastercard Foundation Scholarship Programme

Submitted by seeta.bhardwa@… on Tue, 10/17/2023 - 12:07

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is the largest initiative and foundation of its kind supporting students across Africa to pursue an education.

The programme works with a global network of more than 4o universities and non-governmental organisations to provide students with funding, mentoring, leadership skills development, tutoring, internship opportunities and career services. 

10 effective strategies for building relationships with parents

Submitted by seeta.bhardwa@… on Fri, 07/21/2023 - 17:06

The college application process is a significant event in the life of both students and their families, because this is the first crucial decision that students take at school level for their future.  

Parental involvement is crucial to ensuring a successful college application. However, parental expectations can create additional pressures on students. So how do we deal with this?