Learning with passion
Tours with the study of foreign languages are popular among clients of different ages – from parents who buy tours for children in order to facilitate learning a foreign language, to entrepreneurs who are interested in conversational business language. Language programs are designed for children from 5 years old, but programs for schoolchildren of 10–18 years old are in the greatest demand. Adults make up only 10% of the total flow. Language tours are organized mainly in the countries whose national languages are most common in the world. To England, USA, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal. At the same time, the teaching methods are the same everywhere – communicative, since the main task of all courses is to overcome the language barrier. Therefore, the set of standard mandatory programs in all countries is the same. The easiest and cheapest option is a basic course (15–20 hours per week). Recently, a business course in a foreign language has been popular: a few general classes and a few hours of business language every day. You can start learning a language at any age. However, if you can’t spend two or three weeks on this, it’s better not to start. The greatest demand is for learning English. Then follow German, Spanish, Italian. And only then – French and Portuguese. Less common are proposals for teaching Oriental languages during special tours to Asia – Chinese, Japanese, Farsi. It is rather an exception. The main course of a foreign language is in every school. It focuses on conversational practice with a frequency of 3-4 lessons 5 days a week. All the rest of the time – for the rest. Intensive course is suitable for those who have little time and serious goals. High intensity is achieved by increasing the number of training hours and reducing the number of people in a group. The mini group is an intensive language course for 3-6 people. Increased attention of the teacher to each person, flexibility in planning the course for classes in such a group is provided. The foreign language examination course offered by language schools is especially for those who want to successfully pass the Cambridge Certificate Examination, TOEFL, IELTS, to continue their studies at foreign colleges and universities. Duration – from 4 to 16 weeks, the intensity of 30-40 hours per week. You can choose the “Academic Year” – a program designed for students and schoolchildren from 16 years of all levels of language knowledge, consisting of three semesters. A combined course allows you to combine the study of foreign with computer courses, management courses, sports. In addition to training, a vacation course necessarily includes cultural programs, sports (tennis, golf, horseback riding, football, scuba diving, surfing) and excursions. Individual course – Home Tuition – these are individual lessons with a teacher, a native speaker when staying at his home. The flexibility of “home” activities, the absence of the temptation to switch to one’s native language, the opportunity to get to know the country from the inside, through involvement in the daily life of the family, gives maximum results. For shy Home Tuition is the only chance to speak in a foreign language, for parents it is the safest and most reliable way of teaching children abroad. Therefore, the high cost of the program (from $ 850 per week) is fully justified. If you choose classes for a couple with another student, you can save $ 150-300. If a child diligently learns Spanish, but his speech is not as fluent as the teacher would like, it is best to send him for a week to the Spanish language center Colegio Maravillas, suggested by ITEC. Holidays on the Mediterranean coast, combined with learning and living in a Spanish family, will produce results that will pleasantly surprise both parents and the teacher.
Study tours can be individual and group (most often business language groups, schoolchildren). The main programs of study tours are study programs. Language classes are conducted for 2-4 hours a day, the second half of the day is provided for leisure. Excursion and educational programs include sightseeing of the country visited, the study of its history and culture. Sports and educational tours are becoming increasingly popular, especially among young people. Summer vacation courses for students and schoolchildren with language learning, excursions, tennis, golf, horseback riding, surfing, skiing, scuba diving can be distinguished on the market. Such programs are offered by the company Open World. Emphasis is placed on the possibility of learning the chosen sport. In the school segment of the market, group tours are especially in demand with accommodation in summer health centers, campgrounds, colleges with the opportunity to learn the language among their peers, not breaking away from the familiar environment. Secondary and higher education As for secondary education, students most often want to go to England, the United States, Ireland, Australia, Germany and Malta. In these countries, our students dream to learn. By specialties – marketing, management, information technology, medicine. However, experts say that hotel management is better trained in Switzerland (from $ 15,000), and art and design in the UK (about $ 10,000), Spain (from $ 5000) and Italy (from $ 7000). The choice of specialty, country, city depends on client preferences. Experts from leading companies engaged in studying abroad, advise you to choose a few options, and then make the final choice. It is important to determine the size of the school. An equally important question is accommodation. Placement of students can be in hotels, hostels at colleges, at camp sites, in families. The selection of the latter should be approached especially carefully. It is recommended to place students in families of two, preferably representatives of different countries – to stimulate language communication. For complete peace of mind, you should check whether the university provides medical insurance, if there are medical personnel on its territory. The Direct Conversation Bureau offers its clients studies at colleges and universities in Australia, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Canada, New Zealand, the USA, France and other countries. Among the most popular are the medical faculty of the University of Melbourne, where the competition reaches 10–12 people per seat. Tuition – $ 30,000 per year. Professional programs and internships An additional segment that is currently being formed in the educational market abroad is professional training in management, marketing, information technology, tourism, design, business, and banking. All that there is demand. This type of educational tourism is called advanced training during travel through travel agencies. Western students consider internships in enterprises to be no less important part of education than diploma protection. Until recently, overseas internships, as well as refresher courses, were rare for our students. Prices for such programs vary depending on the country and specialty, as well as the services of an intermediary firm. Medical insurance is included in the mandatory package of services. Thus, the Open World Education Group offers its clients vocational training in colleges in England, USA, Ireland, Australia, Germany and other countries lasting from 4 months to 2 years with obtaining certificates and diplomas in the field of hotel and tourism management, commerce, administration, graphic and computer design, information technology, finance, business and other things. Training in Work & Travel, Work & Study, Au pair programs is possible.
MBA – Master of Business Administration MBA is the most recognized degree in business management. Currently, more than 900 business schools operate in the world. American are considered the best, but today they have become cramped by European, in particular, British, schools. MBA programs can be studied in many ways. Provided daily form (full-time), evening (part-time), correspondence (distance learning). Also short (about 10 months) courses for leading managers with at least 7 years of experience (executive MBA) and programs tailored to the wishes of the student (corporative MBA). Full-time education is the most expensive – at least $ 35,000 per year. The cost of training for one-year and two-year programs is almost the same. The higher the level of school, the more stringent the requirements for knowledge of the English language. After all, regardless of the location of the business school or university, the MBA program is taught only in English. The passing score on the GMAT test is usually at least 600 points, on the TOEFL score is 500 points, on the IELTS score is 5.5–6.0. To enter leading business schools (Wharton School, Sloan School of Management, University of Chicago, Kellogg Harvard), more than 680 GMAT points are required. As for work experience, American and European business schools look at the lack of professional experience through their fingers. Conservative British schools accept people at least 25 years old and with only three to five years experience. Anyone who needs additional MBA preparation can complete a Pre-MBA preparatory course, which guarantees admission to the main program. By the way … You can establish contact with the school yourself using the Internet. It is important to comply with the basic requirements for candidates – to correctly execute documents and be fluent in a foreign language. All documents must be submitted no later than 12 weeks before the trip.