Galway recently played host to an international English language trade mission from China, Russian, Japan, Korea, Turkey, Mexico, Ukraine and Croatia – in a move designed to help increase the number of students from these countries that study English in Ireland each year.
According to the organisers, Marketing English in Ireland – the association that represents 66 regulated language schools and colleges nationwide – Ireland is an increasingly popular destination for students from countries such as China, Russia, Japan, Korea, Turkey, Mexico, Ukraine and Croatia.
This international English language trade mission to Ireland was unique in that traditionally such international English language trade missions would take place outside the extremely busy summer period.
But this time, it was decided to showcase the facilities and schools available for junior students and summer students, while they were operational in the months of July and August.
In addition to the facilities of MEI members’ schools, a large number of secondary schools are used over the summer period to facilitate the large numbers of international students coming to Ireland.
The largest numbers of students that study English in Ireland every year come from Italy and Spain, according to David O’Grady, CEO of Marketing English in Ireland.
But he revealed that there had been really strong growth in the new and emerging markets including China, Russian, Japan, Korea, Turkey, Mexico, Ukraine and Croatia.
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