StudyTravel – Stay Connected

As many of you are working from home and conducting most of your business online, StudyTravel is here to help you stay connected to your industry partners.

Online Events – ST Alphitos are boutique online conferences that connect you with a global network of agents and educators, all from the comfort of your own home office. Each 4-hour event focuses on a study destination (city, region or country) or a specific student market. Schedule up to twelve 20-minute online meetings.

While travel restrictions are in place, ST Alphe Conferences are now taking place online. These are high quality, 2-day events with live support from the amazing ST Team that you know and love.

StudyTravel Magazine – keep up to date with the latest news and updates on the study travel industry by reading online. Advertising opportunities are available for educators to keep your brand front of mind to our readership of 22,406 agents.

ST Network – Tap into the wealth of resources available on, the complete communication platform for reaching out to industry colleagues, marketing, booking meetings and messaging. Key features include:

  1. Search – Run targeted searches on the 11,600 professionals on the platform (educators, agents and service providers), to build up your network.
  2. Message – Contact anyone directly, or even everyone you had a meeting with at a StudyTravel event (using Network lists).
  3. Feed – Let your partners know what’s happening in your part of the world by posting on your Network feed.

If you don’t have a profile, click here to create one now!

Congratulations to Expert Education and Visa Services (EEVS)

Congratulations to Expert Education and Visa Services (EEVS) on achieving NEAS Quality Endorsement! EEVS is an Australian-registered Education and Migration consultant agency. EEVS began recruiting international students in 2003 and now has over 35 offices in 13 countries and regions, covering Australia, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Hong Kong, China, Philippines, Myanmar, Vietnam, Nigeria and South Africa. EESV has become the 5th education agent to participate in the new NEAS Endorsed Education Agent initiative, joining a discrete group of high-quality agents committed to continuous improvement and independent quality assurance.

Endorsed agents are listed on NEAS social media, including as its website and LinkedIn profile. Agents also enjoy the benefits of using the NEAS Endorsed Agency logo on their website and marketing collateral. Please email NEAS to find out more.

Congratulations to UTS College!

Congratulations to UTS College (formerly Insearch) on successful completion of its 2021 NEAS Quality Review! UTS College has been a member of NEAS since 1989 and offers exceptional pathway programs designed with UTS entry requirements in mind. UTS College, like many providers, continues to deliver its courses remotely and has done an outstanding job of moving all teaching, learning and assessment to their Canvas LMS, all while managing the implementation of a brand-new curriculum.

NEAS encourages its members to share their NEAS achievements on social media.

Working for an Endorsed Centre, UTS College teachers also benefit from access to the NEAS Quality ELT Professional Listing. To join the register of Quality ELT professionals, please visit the NEAS website here.

Early snapshot of international enrolments

An ICEF article of 21 January outlined important observations for the first quarter of 2021.

Secretary of the Department of Health, Brendan Murphy, recently expressed his expectation for current restrictions on international arrivals to remain in place for “most of 2021”.

The weekly cap on international arrivals has been reduced from 7,500 to less than 5,000 per week, and will prioritise returning Australians over foreign nationals, including visiting students.

To date, only one pilot programme to bring in international students (to the Northern Territory) has proceeded. All other pilots (for South Australia, New South Wales, and Victoria) have been suspended.

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) observed that returning or continuing international students enrolled in Australia as of 15 October 2020 declined by about 13% year-over-year, to about 502,000. From this foundation, DESE estimated at least 381,546 enrolments on 1 January 2021.

2021 NEAS Management Conference

Experience the 2021 NEAS Management Conference through a new and exciting format that blends online and face-to-face engagement. Eminent speakers from Australia and New Zealand include: Saroo Brierley, Professor Anne Burns, Professor Peter O’Connor, Associate Professor Kelly Freebody and many more! See here for the full program.

The conference will showcase transformative journeys that our members have experienced in their distinguished careers.

Be empowered by ELT experts, sharing leading theory, research and practice. Connect with and be inspired by local and international thought leaders.

In addition to two days of livestreamed content, remote participants can chat to partners in our Virtual Expo. There is a rich array of presentations and resources available to download, post-conference.

Please be sure to purchase your early bird in-person tickets before they sell out.

To view our ticket prices click here.

To view the program click here.

Congratulations to this year’s NSW International Student Awards winners!

  • Schools – Tung Linh Ha (Vietnam, Beverly Hills Girls High School)
  • English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) – Shuang Zhang (China, University of Newcastle)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) – Elise Hyoin Lee (South Korea, TAFE NSW Ultimo)
  • Higher Education – Jami Emerson (United States, Australian Catholic University)

These individuals have made outstanding and selfless contributions to the local community and have shown leadership and courage, overcoming a range of challenges in 2020.

NEAS also congratulates the two winners of the NSW International Student Community Engagement Awards;

  • Business and Community – The University of Wollongong and community partners’ ‘Food+ with Care Project’
  • Education Providers –  The Macquarie Student Success Support Package initiative

ACET Vietnam Quality Review

Congratulations to ACET Vietnam on successful completion of their 2020 Quality Review! ACET has been a member of NEAS since 2011. Managed by IDP Education, ACET delivers the UTS Insearch Academic English program along with additional courses across four centres in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. A common theme emerging from the surveys and focus groups was a recognition and appreciation of a highly professional and supportive academic team.

ACET’s 1-1 lessons have been a huge hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, and students appear to be very well cared for and supported at the Centre. One student commented “I love ACET to the moon and back. It is my dream centre to study.”

NEAS Management Conference 2021 – Do it YOUR way!

We are excited to embrace the opportunities offered by modern technology. Next year’s conference might seem a little different to previous years…. We’re reaching delegates far and wide through a refreshed digital lens that will allow you to access even more content than ever before. So, if you can’t attend in person, you won’t be missing out on anything!

In addition to a full 2 days of livestreamed content, broadcasted from Sydney’s Doltone House, you can download 25+ presentations, say hello and chat to partners in our Virtual Expo, and live stream speaker sessions to create a program unique to you.

Our conference will be an unparalleled opportunity to connect and network with industry stakeholders, hear from experienced speakers and get exclusive access to the latest industry developments from our sponsors.

The 2021 conference will feature:

  • A blended experience offering – attend in person or online
  • 28 speakers from around the world
  • 20+ exhibitors
  • An exclusive CEO Roundtable Harbour Cruise
  • Ample networking opportunities in a premium setting
  • It’s all about content, content, content! Before, during and after!

Tickets will be going on sale soon – stay tuned for more updates.

Safety for students at your ELT Centre

Join Robert Chasse and Joanna Storti from Sonder, to discuss an innovative approach to delivering and scaling student support through COVID, and in a heightened remote learning environment.  The webinar will focus on providing NEAS members with an overview of how Sonder can support institutions with international student re-entry, quarantine support, mental health support, and managing risk through this highly disruptive time for the ELICOS sector.

Throughout the webinar, NEAS members will be invited to share feedback on the current challenges they face in providing consistent, high quality, and multilingual student support.  As a sector, how will we position ourselves competitively in the current fragile international student market? How will we assure and demonstrate the quality of our support programs both on and offshore? and how will ensure a consistent framework for personalised mental health support? These are some of the big questions we’ll aim to unpack in this session.

Speaker Bios

Joanna Storti is the Head of Education at Sonder and leads the education team across partner development and partner success. Joanna is a senior international education specialist with 20 years of experience across tertiary student recruitment, business development, marketing, partnerships, student mobility, and program development.

Robert Chasse is the Education Partnerships Manager at Sonder, where he is responsible for ensuring the successful integration of the Sonder service for new partners and enhancing the quality of support and reporting for existing partners. With 15 years of experience in the international education sector, Robert effectively navigates environments typified by change and complex issues to deliver results and innovate how organisations achieve their strategic priorities.

Register here