Millennials, 20 to 35 year olds, represent the largest living generation with an estimated 1.8 billion in 2015 falling into this age group. Often described as the first global generation, Millennials grew up with the internet and social media. They share their views from fashion and entertainment , to politics and human rights across informal global platforms such as Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram. As such Millenials are considered to be highly influential.
In 2015 6,000 Millennials took part in a survey and were asked to rank countries in terms of which ones they would like to live in. They were asked to consider many factors including housing, education, career prospects, and lifestyle. Out of the top five, three are countries where LSI has schools : Canada, United Kingdom and USA.
Good news for any potential student wishing to come to the UK to study ; it seems that applying for a student visa has never been so simple. In the past visa applications could be fraught with unforeseen problems causing considerable heartache to disappointed applicants. The new points based system, introduced at the beginning of April, attempts to rectify this uncertainty by setting out clearer guidelines.
A spokeswoman for the UK Border Agency outlined the benefits of the new system.
“The UK has a lot to offer international students. Now they see whether they are eligible for a visa before they even apply – making the system much clearer and easier to understand. The aim is to make the application process more transparent and straightforward.”
From the 1st April Students will need to provide evidence of the following
A visa letter from the school where the students intends to study.
Evidence of qualifications required as preconditions for course enrolment by the sponsoring school. The UK Border Agency require that language students have at least an elementary level of English (for the General Student Visa). If at beginner level students can only apply for a Student Visitor Visa.
Students will also need to decide which type of visa to apply for. For adults aged 18 or over, there are two main categories: a general student visa or the student visitor visa. A student visitor visa (SVV) would be suitable for students wishing to study in the UK for six months or less and who do not wish to take up any employment whilst in the country. With the general student visa however, a student can study in the UK for up to 12 months (or more in some cases) and is permitted to work. Watch the video below to learn more about the new General Student Visa or ,to read more about all adult student visas and the child student visas , please visit the UK Border agency website .
Something to consider before booking a course with LSI: as the new Points Based System requires a visa application for each licensed institution, if you are intending to split your studies between several of our UK schools you may need to apply for a visa for each school before your arrival in the UK. Please contact our schools directly if you have any queries regarding this.
Brand new for 2009 , LSI are offering the exciting TKT course to students who, as non native speakers of English, would like to learn more about teaching English. The TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test), one of the widely respected Cambridge ESOL examinations, is ideal for all existing teachers whatever their back ground as well as those who would like to take up teaching. Although the TKT is not a teaching qualification in itself, the course content is primarily about the teaching of English and will therefore give any potential student a good foundation to pursue any further teaching qualification.
The course focuses are the following key areas:
the different methodologies of teaching
the ‘language of teaching’
finding, creating and effectively using resources
the main aspects of effective lesson planning
classroom management methods for different needs
As a highly specialised course , the course is presently only offered in some of our language schools. At present the following schools offer TKT :