Research paper: Europe Future Outlook - Europe as a source market for UK ELT in 2021 and beyond
Europe Future Outlook is a joint research initiative, produced in collaboration with the British Council and launched in June 2021 exclusively for British Council accredited ELT providers. The research was conducted by our insight partner BONARD.
BONARD were commissioned to assess the emerging needs of European students and study travel agents in order to outline a range of practical recommendations for increased engagement in the post-Brexit and post-pandemic world.
Key areas covered in the research include:
- Current demand from, and future outlook for, European countries
- Impact of the pandemic and the implementation of Brexit on European source markets
- Product and marketing optimisation relevant to emerging European student preferences
- Perceptions of the UK in European source markets
- Challenges in promoting the UK as an ELT destination in the region and any external support needed.
For the purposes of this research, 'Europe' or 'European countries' refers to the following selected countries, based on their sending power within the ELT sector to the UK: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Sweden.
To create a comprehensive picture, accredited centres were invited to take part in an educator survey. The 150 centres that participated taught 41% of the total number of EU students that came to learn English the UK in 2019. Over 100 European agencies responded to the agent survey.
The insights from these agent and educator quantitative surveys complement desktop research, and in-depth interviews. Bonard conducted 44 qualitative interviews with pre-selected educators, agencies and other key stakeholders (agency associations, governments, British Council regional staff).
The report was launched in a webinar on 17 June. Both the webinar and the report are exclusive to accredited centres.