English-taught Programs outside the “Big Four” destinations have grown by 77%.

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The number of English-taught programs outside of the “Big Four” countries is proliferating, according to a new report from Studyportals and the British Council. Nearly 28,000 full-degree programs are taught outside of the “Big Four.” Since the beginning of 2017, the number of English-taught programs offered outside Australia/NZ, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada has grown by more than 77%.

If you want to go to school, there are now more programs and places for international students than ever before, according to a report from Studyportals. People from different industry parts came together for a Webinar on December 7 to talk about the study. In the wake of this report, Megan Agnew, the IELTS Global Partnerships manager at the British Council, wants to “start this kind of discussion.” In Agnew’s words: “It shows that there has been a shift in this centre of gravity in the way people move around when they study.” “The UK, US, Australia, and Canada are still popular places.” It may not be a European thing anymore to have programs outside of the “Big Four” anymore, but this could change in the future.

In a report from the Council on Foreign Relations, they say that the development of ETPs will slow down as countries in Western Europe rethink their internationalization goals. Especially in China and East Asia, the report states that ETPs will grow a lot there. Many people think that by the end of this century, China will have a bigger economy than Europe’s. VP of EAIE Piet Van Hove said, “I’m not surprised that internationalization is on the rise.” As of right now, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Germany are still the three best countries in the world to visit. Carmen Regina, a senior marketing analytics consultant at Studyportals, said that “those Anglophone countries, even if they aren’t in the big four, haven’t been as good at getting international students.”

There are indeed English-taught programs that are European and recruit, but they haven’t been as active as some other European destinations in this area. For the first time, China now has more ETPs than any other region in the world. 12.2% of the programs don’t come from the “big four.”Some South African institutions are helping to build Sub-Saharan Africa, even though the number of students “remains limited.” Comprehensive portfolios increase the number of students in South Africa and Africa, even though the number of students is still tiny. Data from Studyportals shows that there have been a lot more English-taught bachelor’s programs in Europe in the last decade or so Growth in Latin America and South Asia, which are still in the “early stages” of issuing ETPs, has been the slowest.

As we all know, China and Asia are becoming more and more of a center for programs. Across Asia, it looks like English-taught bachelors have a significant advantage over their non-English-taught peers. Neginha saw this “This global study shows how quickly institutions around the world are adapting to teaching in English and giving students more options than ever before,” Edwin van Rest, CEO of Studyportals, said. A new study says that since January 2017, China and Sub-Saharan Africa have “doubled” the number of things they’ve done. Stuart Rennie, the head of SJ Rennie Consulting, says that “the most important thing for Sub-Saharan Africa is the price point and accessibility for students in Africa.” Because they can’t get into state or federal universities, private universities around the region are experiencing an increase in students.

The pandemic has made it hard for people to get visas and travel to certain places. ETPs in countries that don’t speak English mainly were in business and management, engineering & technology (E&T), and the social sciences, but some were also in other fields. A “mind-boggling” 46% of all programs taught in countries where English isn’t their first language were these programs. According to van Hove, the role of language in different fields of study and academic degrees can be very different. You might not have to worry about your English skills if you are studying humanities or law, but if you are studying electron microscopy, you might have to.

People at Sciences Po Aix say there is a problem with making courses accessible to people who might not speak English well enough to take them. People at the British Council, where Sara Pierson is the director of Examinations, have asked us to think about the changes in the international education field and how they might affect our kids and us. As more people go to college, the number of undergraduate ETPs is going up faster than the number of master’s level ETPs outside of the “big four.” Van Hove said that even though there aren’t many non-native English-speaking countries, this is where bachelor-level programs have grown the most. It’s an entirely different game.

Regina also talked about a shift toward degrees that are more environmentally friendly. The demand for programs that deal with the environment is growing exponentially in the countries that would be the most affected by environmental problems, says the expert. These countries are technically small places to hire people. Investigators may have come to different conclusions because of the Covid-19 virus. This is what people say. Scholars do want to go to the places they had in mind when it’s safe and possible for them, says Agnew.

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