Category Archives: Student experience


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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Junior programme in Salamanca

Junior programme in Salamanca

Key ingredients for a successful junior summer programme

Junior summer camps are popular. These language programmes appeal to parents who want their children to learn a language while being supervised by professionals. While language schools need to offer an attractive programme, agents need to manage their clients’ expectations.

Here are four tips from IALC managers and directors to ensure a successful summer camp experience. Read more

Christin, Intern, BBELS

Christin, Intern, BBELS

The benefits of shared accommodation for language students

Booking the accommodation before the student goes overseas is a great idea. We find that our students know where they are going to stay and they don’t feel the pressure to find accommodation once they arrive in Byron Bay.
There are a lot of different types of accommodation students can choose from. But one of the most popular options for our English language learners is the Student House accommodation. Read more

Christin, Intern, BBELS

Christin, Intern, BBELS

Die Vorteile einer Wohngemeinschaft

Um es unseren Studenten so einfach wie möglich zu gestalten eine Wohnung in Byron Bay zu finden stellt BBELS Studentenhäuser bereit, in denen unsere Stundenten während ihres Aufenthaltes wohnen können. Read more

Language study abroad for the 50+ age group: separate or integrate?

We’ve gathered tips and views from IALC language centres in France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and the UK on the characteristics and preferences of the senior or 50+ age group. Read on and decide for yourself: integrate or separate! Read more

Work experience and internships abroad: managing student expectations

Advising students on work experience and internships abroad is a complex process. Managing student expectations is the key to ensuring they have a positive and happy experience. Read more

Tourism and marketing internship in Cape Town

Usually everybody is going to Australia, New Zealand or America. However, I do not have a preference for the mainstream destinations, so I decided to explore Africa.  Read more

Laura Ha, Russian language student

Laura Ha, Russian language student

Student testimonial: volunteering and learning Russian in Moscow

A testimonial from 21 year-old German student Laura Ha, who studies Russian with Liden & Denz while volunteering with Action Reconciliation.

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Learning Russian in St Petersburg – a student testimonial

Today is my last day after 6 amazing months in Saint Petersburg studying Russian and working as an Intern for Liden & Denz. In that time, I have learned, grown and changed so much as a person and student in ways that I cannot even begin to measure. Read more

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Members of IALC share their insights on the language travel industry. Contributors are owners, directors, managers, teachers or administrative staff of IALC-accredited language schools worldwide.

IALC Workshop

IALC 2017 Workshop in Boston Massachusetts, USA - 23-26 March 2017

IALC 2017 Boston
Dates: 23-26 March 2017
Location: Boston, USA
Educators: IALC-accredited language schools worldwide
Hosted by: ELC Boston
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ELC Boston hosts the IALC 2017 workshop

IALC Study Travel Research Report 2016

Trends in the demand for foreign languages
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IALC Study Travel Research Report 2015

Perceptions of independent and boutique chain schools in language travel
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