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September 11, 2013

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UK: Short-term study for business/tourists OK

English-in-UKA recent change to UK immigration rules is good news for students and for accredited language schools, as reported by The PIE (Professionals in International Education) News.

In significant news for the English language teaching industry in the UK, Immigration Minister Mark Harper has announced that short-term language study would be permissible for those entering the country on a business or tourism visa from October 28.

Chief Executive of English UK, Tony Millns, applauded the news, which his organisation had worked towards, along with others, for some time behind the scenes.

Visitors will be able to use the study allowance flexibly, either doing a six-week course in a single block or in weekly sessions, but may only take courses at centres accredited by approved bodies, such as Accreditation UK for the English language sector.

As part of the immigration update, it will also now be possible for international students to take up corporate internships of up to a year once they complete their degree.

Tier 4 students will soon be able to apply in-country for one of the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Schemes (GAE) schemes, provided it directly links to the qualification they gained at a UK university.

Minister Harper, announcing the changes that benefit businesses and international students, said, “The UK is open for business: we are building an immigration system that works in the national interest and supports growth.”

Read the full article from The PIE News.

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