Monthly Archives: December 2014


Key advice for students taking a German language exam course

At GLS, students automatically get a German language certificate documenting their level on the European Framework scale (A1-C2). This certificate is free of charge and, and a GLS B2 certificate is accepted by many employers and institutions in Berlin. However, for a certificate with international recognition, we do recommend taking the TestDaF or Goethe exams.

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Chinese language exams: what is the HSK examination?

China’s Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) is the standardized international test used to determine the fluency of non-native speakers in Chinese and it is used by all Chinese universities to assess the enrollment of foreign students and by a number of Chinese companies looking for foreign employees. Read more

Lee Shutler, Director of Studies, Hilderstone College

Lee Shutler, Director of Studies, Hilderstone College

20 tips for students taking a language exam test

A guide for students: how to get ready and make sure your perform well in your language exam.

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Rachel Falzon, Academic and Business Development Manager, ESE Malta

Rachel Falzon, Academic and Business Development Manager, ESE Malta

What to look out for when selling a pathway programme.

A pathway programme will prepare international students linguistically, academically and socio-culturally for successful undergraduate study abroad where English is used as the medium of instruction. The pathway programme, sometimes referred to as an International Foundation Year or a University Foundation Programme, is a fast-track alternative route to A levels for students whose first language is not English and who come from a 12-year formal education background. Read more

Planning ahead for university and choosing the right pathway program

It is important that the school staff is knowledgeable in the area of higher education and are well equipped to advise students throughout the university/college selection and application process. Read more

Walter Denz, Owner, Liden & Denz

Walter Denz, Owner, Liden & Denz

Russian language exams: TRKI vs telc tests

The choice of exams for Russian is limited. There is an academic exam called TRKI, administered by a group of Russian state universities but this exam only makes sense for international students going for a degree programme in Russia. Liden & Denz has found a very good alternative partnering with telc language tests, offering Russian communicative exams for levels A1-B2. Read more

Shane Wilkinson, Managing Director, BBSI

Shane Wilkinson, Managing Director, BBSI

Prepare for university: foundation or pre-masters diplomas in the UK

A good foundation or pre-masters diploma needs to contain some serious specialisation. Firstly, it is essential for students to become accustomed to studying a subject in a foreign language, so that in their first week at university they do not feel overwhelmed by the difficulty of having to follow a course at native speaker level. Secondly, there needs to be a strong element of study skills, appropriate to either undergraduate or postgraduate level. Thirdly (for English-based study) there needs to be IELTS preparation throughout the course. Read more

What makes a successful junior summer programme

A good, attractive, location, safe surroundings. Good combination between courses + fun, ideally also sport. Excellent student welfare with responsible team leaders who are able to create a nice, homelike and safe atmosphere as well as a great camp spirit.  It’s also important to have a balanced nationality mix.  Read more

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