Expat Study Abroad News
Latest 10 news items tagged Study Abroad
29 Apr at 6 PM 2013
A popular suggestion that English-speaking expat wives should be granted work permits to teach in Saudi schools may have fallen on deaf ears within the kingdom’s government.
The proposed decision by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Labour, welcomed by a majority of the kingdom’s teachers, involved permission of wives and daughters of expats to teach in Saudi schools. However, a source from within the ministry is now stating that approval has not been granted as yet.
The unnamed source told the Arab news that no meetings to discuss...
8 Apr at 6 PM 2013
The record toxicity of Beijing’s winter air pollution is likely to be followed by a massive expat exodus to cleaner air and fresher locations, according to senior expat executives in the city.
Diplomats and the many businesses catering to the vast city’s large expat community are expected to leave as well. It’s not only pollution-wise expats who are planning to leave, as many thousands of Chinese citizens who have arrived in the capital for economic or business reasons are learning more about the effect of chronic pollution on...
1 Apr at 6 PM 2013
The famous WWII spirit shown by Londoners during the blitz has surfaced again in Cyprus, with British expats joining in a crusade to help those in dire financial need.
Since Cyprus’s financial crisis struck, many British pensioners on the island have been unable to access their savings via ATMs, and the British Government has suspended pension payments due to the delicate state of Cyprus’s two largest banks. As a result, many are now relying on food parcels distributed by local Anglican churches via the generosity of...
25 Mar at 6 PM 2013
As part of tougher immigration laws, the UK Border Agency is planning to make immigrant workers and students
from as yet undetermined high-risk countries lodge cash bonds before entry.
The measure is intended to make sure immigrants on temporary visas don’t become overstayers and simply disappear, and there are calls to extend the plan to tourists planning to take advantage of the NHS. The plan calls for the bond to be returned in full to those leaving when their visa expire and, in the case of tourists, if they have made no use of...
19 Mar at 6 PM 2013
The sharp drop in the number of fee-paying overseas students
applying for study
visas in New Zealand is being blamed on the perceived poor quality of the country’s education providers.
Spokesman for the NZ Labour Party Raymond Huo has caused consternation in the sector by putting the decline in application squarely on the shoulders of immigration, the education providers themselves and unscrupulous student agents. New Zealand, he stated, is now seen as a ‘ghetto education’ destination.
Huo is the originator of a private...
12 Mar at 6 PM 2013
A recent survey of just under 2,000 Canadians revealed that 70 per cent of respondents are in favour of tougher immigration rules.
The survey, carried out by Forum Research, seems to have logged on to Canadian nationals’ fears that migrants will take jobs intended for Canadian workers. The results indicate that slowing down the flow of immigration is the preferred option for over two-thirds of the country’s residents.
However, the study
also indicated that most residents who were in favour of less migration felt that...
12 Mar at 6 PM 2013
A combination of the high New Zealand dollar rate, the world-wide recession and the 2011 Christchurch earthquake have hit the country’s export education industry hard since 2009.
Numbers of international students
applying for New Zealand student visas have dropped by 25 per cent over the last three years with approvals in 2012, the worst year on record, declining by 10 per cent. Reasons given were the soaring currency, the recession and the devastating earthquakes in Christchurch, once a hub for the industry.
28 Feb at 6 PM 2013
A new study
reveals that British pensioners are the world’s least prepared for retirement, going though their life saving in as little as seven years.
The report, commissioned by the HSBC Bank, states that most UK retirees expect to live for at least 19 more years after they receive their pensions. However, it also states that most have failed to save enough to see them comfortably though their final years.
The survey encompassed 15 countries and 15,000 people, with UK respondents the worst prepared for their post-work years....
19 Feb at 6 PM 2013
A huge protest at Singapore’s Speaker’s Corner in Hong Lim Park signalled Singaporeans’ unrest at the government’s plan to raise population numbers by encouraging immigration.
Earlier this month, Singapore’s government lawmakers endorsed a study
which suggested the solution to the declining workforce was to increase immigration. The white paper outlined a timeline to increase the population by 1.3 million by 2030.
Given that protests have only been allowed in Singapore since the year 2000, the many thousands who gathered...
18 Feb at 6 PM 2013
Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship has recently issued scam warnings to international students
on student visas. The scammers are hitting on overseas students
in the country whose student visas allow them to work for a limited number of days in every month.
Individuals posing as immigration officials are approaching students
with notices giving fines for working longer hours than are allowed and breaching their visa conditions. Immigration department officials have been receiving complaints from students