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December 11, 2013

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'TripAdvisor' for language learners set to launch

coursefinders.jpgCourseFinders, described as a 'TripAdvisor' for language learners, is set to launch its online service this month.

Currently in testing mode, CourseFinders is a new online service that allows language students to search for and review schools worldwide. The website refers to a directory of 7,472 schools in 138 countries.

It is expected to launch later this month when it has 250 participant schools fully registered with complete profiles and aims to have up to a million website visitors by the end of next year. The service was created by major education conference organiser ICEF.

Among the features on offer on CourseFinders are the ability to contact multiple schools and enquire about prices from a single form; to read reviews of schools from current and previous students; to share photos and reviews with friends and family, to check to see if anyone knows the school. Students will be expected to login through their Facebook or Google+ accounts and complete a brief questionnaire before being ale to contact schools. Schools will be able to decide if they want to accept leads, paying a flat €3 fee for each one.

The website describes the service as helping students find schools "in the same way that Trip Advisor helps you find hotels." Other websites, for hotel schools and boarding schools, are also planned.

The CourseFinders website.

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