Industry Update | June 2024

The June 2024 edition of our monthly digest points out important industry developments and insights from our recent research and ground activities.

June, 2024 BONARD

Industry Update | June 2024

Dear partner,

It is clear that student housing is currently among the major focuses within international education. New policies and accommodation shortages present both challenges and opportunities for industry stakeholders. Our flagship event, the Student Housing Summit in Canada, explores these opportunities in depth. We have compiled the most valuable insights from the summit for you to browse in this edition.

This month’s highlights also include our takeaways from NAFSA, where we introduced our new student visa tracker, and the announcement of a strategic partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service. We also provide insights on the use of AI in student recruitment and the latest updates from the field on Brazil, Türkiye, and Kazakhstan.

Enjoy the read!

Best wishes,

Patrik Pavlacic

Chief Intelligence Officer


Patrik Pavlacic

Chief Intelligence Officer

The Student Housing Summit 2024BONARD Student Housing Summit 2024

Engaging panels – covering Investment, Development, Operations, Financing, and University-related perspectives and insights – complemented by in-depth Market Data Briefings: that’s the program for flagship BONARD event organised by our Student Housing division. The brightest minds and leading voices in student housing and international education met in Canada to share their knowledge about the current status of the student housing across the globe.

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BONARD reconnecting with clients, partners and industry colleagues at NAFSA in New Orleans

Igor Skibickij (COO) and Patrik Pavlacic (CIO) recently attended a NAFSA: Association of International Educators event. Alongside Igor’s participation on a panel addressing recent student mobility shifts in major study destinations and best practices for capturing U.S. international education economic data, both BONARD representatives managed to reconnect with friends and colleagues, both old and new.

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USCS and BONARD Launch New PartnershipBONARD to enhance the competitiveness of U.S. IntlEd

A new collaboration between the International Trade Administration (ITA) and BONARD Education has introduced a range of services and initiatives designed to boost the competitiveness of the U.S. international education sector. Read more about the Memorandum of Agreement below.

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SYTA 2024_pic3 million students took school trips in North America in '23

US students’ travel behavior is among the areas that BONARD has been intensively researching with our client SYTA: Student & Youth Travel Association in recent months. Ivana Bartosik (Slobodnikova) had the opportunity to reveal our research findings at the Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) 54th Annual International Conference. Read her observations and findings in her LinkedIn post.

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No, AI won’t replace education agents_blogBLOG | No, AI won’t replace education agents

Many recent articles have pondered on how AI will revolutionise the education sector, but what effect will it have on education agencies, specifically? BONARD surveyed 90 agencies from the top 14 source countries for the Canadian K–12 sector, and here are some of the findings.

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Brazil webinar blogBLOG | Brazil source market and its study abroad preferences

Ireland is the top destination for Brazilian ELT students, with Malta also gaining in popularity. General English is no longer enough; students are looking for programs with additional components or academic content. Find more insights on Brazil in our recent blog.

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QUIC Q1 2024DATA | UK ELT shows improvement over Q4 2023

The UK’s ELT sector showed solid recovery in Q1 2024, with total student week volume reaching 81% of Q1 2019 levels – an improvement over Q4 2023. These numbers indicate promising short-term growth potential and reflect the resilience of the UK’s ELT sector.

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EVENT | IPSEA Trade Mission to Türkiye and Kazakhstan

BONARD’s Recruitment Solutions team has had the pleasure of delivering a Trade Mission to Türkiye and Kazakhstan for our valued partner, the International Public School Education Association of British Columbia (IPSEA). During the Trade Mission, IPSEA members visited Istanbul (Türkiye) and Almaty (Kazakhstan) to meet quality agents from Türkiye, Kazakhstan, Iran, and Uzbekistan.

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IPSEA Trade Mission, May 2024_kazakhstanEVENT | Kazakh agencies turning their focus to K-12

BONARD’s Recruitment Solutions team, in collaboration with IPSEA, has conducted a trade mission for 15 British Columbia school districts. We interviewed local agents and explored current trends in this market. Watch the short video and stay tuned for our upcoming Kazakhstan ‘Industry Talks series’.

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Industry Talks TürkiyeVIDEO | Affordability and sunshine as top priorities for Türkiye

Quality, affordability, and sunshine: these are among the top priorities for Turkish families sending their children to study abroad. In our latest release in the BONARD ‘Industry Talks’ series, we met and interviewed prestigious agencies from Türkiye to cover the latest insights on this source market.

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News you should not miss

Industry highlights provided by the BONARD Market Monitor

Canada: College clampdown on track to halve international student arrivals to Canada.

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China: Slow and steady recovery for China, as employability key and new destinations emerge.

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Australia: New restrictions for onshore student visa applications announced.

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UK: English UK 2024 Q1 data shows ELT sector numbers steady.

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