UK: To Accredit or to be non-Accredited, is that a Question?
All colleges and universities that want to recruit foreign students will now need a licence to do so and will have to take greater responsibility for their international students, helping Government crack down on bogus colleges who abuse the system. For the first time education providers face a ban on bringing over international students if they fail to follow strict new rules - including alerting the UK Border Agency (UKBA) if students fail to enrol. - UK Border AgencyAccording to the Border Agency students must:
- Be sponsored by a UKBA-licensed education institution;
- Prove that they have the means to support themselves and their families while studying here;
- Supply their fingerprints.
The costs are now clear – to be on the Register of Sponsors will cost £400 for four years, and £10 each time you issue a ‘confirmation of acceptance for studies’, the unique identification number prospective students will need to apply for visas. Accreditation costs vary widely, but the British Council website gives examples…
The signs are that the new system will provoke a mighty shake-out in the UK ELT sector. On the current Register of Education and Training Providers there are about 560 non-accredited language centres. By the end of May this year, only about 60 of those had approached Accreditation UK… - EL Gazette
The demand for foreign ESL (English as a Second Language) education in the UK will not decline. However, with the changes months away from implementation, international students may find it difficult to enroll. Many students maybe forced to search for new educational facilities or even countries for adequate education.