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Testing is now available for the newest agent training programme - the *Irish Education Agent Course (IEAC)*
02 марта 2018

The IEAC is free and is delivered online through self-paced modules with topics such as study options, levels of education, available credentials, internships, visa rules, and work and immigration opportunities. There are also sections on living and working in Ireland, and how best to promote the country as a study destination.

The IEAC is free and is delivered online through self-paced modules with topics such as study options, levels of education, available credentials, internships, visa rules, and work and immigration opportunities. There are also sections on living and working in Ireland, and how best to promote the country as a study destination.

This course is designed to ensure that you have up to date information on the Irish education system, so you can provide excellent service to international students interested in studying in Ireland.

Taking the agent training exam will also enable you to work more effectively with Irish education institutions. Course participants who pass this formal test will earn the designation of «Irish Course Graduate (ICG)» and will have their name, photo and company details including website listed on icef. com. In a further recognition of this professional standing, all graduates will also be included in the Qualified Education Agents App (QEA) for smartphones produced by ICEF and PIER containing the names of over 7500 qualified agents worldwide — a valuable resource for educators looking for expert agencies!

The test costs 250€. This fee gives you up to 3 chances to pass.

Apply for the exam by email:

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Join StudyWorld 2018 3-5 September  to represent your quality agency and meet all your UK education partners in one place
13 февраля 2018

StudyWorld is a showcase for UK education, so it’s the right place to meet all your accredited UK partners, including language centres, boarding schools, further education colleges, universities, publishers and exam boards.

StudyWorld is a showcase for UK education, so it’s the right place to meet all your accredited UK partners, including language centres, boarding schools, further education colleges, universities, publishers and exam boards.

Early birds book before Monday 5 March 2018.

What’s special about StudyWorld 2018?

As well as valuable one-to-one meetings, networking, and beautiful views of Westminster Abbey and Big Ben, StudyWorld offers:

  • Safeguarding clinic — agents will be able to book a one-to-one meeting with our safeguarding experts, to discuss protections for young learners studying in the UK.
  • BAISIS village — meet UK boarding schools from different regions at the British Association of Independent Schools’ village.
  • Fam trips to the UK and Ireland — registered agents will receive invitations to fam trips and receptions taking place around the event.
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On March 2-3 Moscow Education Show invites Educational Agencies participate in it
05 февраля 2018

Exhibition is accompanied by the vast advertising campaign that attracts thousands of visitors interested in education abroad.

Exhibition is accompanied by the vast advertising campaign that attracts thousands of visitors interested in education abroad. The event will be held in the center of Moscow in «Tishinka».

Video from previous exhibition:

Please contact Anna Anokhina Project manager at

TEL: +7 (495) 777-25-77

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FAM tour in Northern England in March 2018
03 февраля 2018

4/5 — 9 March 2018 British Council invites educational agents to participate in a fam-trip ELT schools North England. It is a part of GREAT project to introduce North England as a tourist and study destination.

4/5 — 9 March 2018 British Council invites educational agents to participate in a fam-trip ELT schools North England. It is a part of GREAT project to introduce North England as a tourist and study destination.

The British council covers air tickets Moscow-UK, accommodation from 4-10 March, Breakfast & lunch, Welcome Dinner, internal transportation.

Agents pay for the visa, medical insurance, dinners travel to Moscow (optional).

Please, complete the application and forward it to Daria at up to 18:00 6 February 2018.

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You and your staff are invited to attend a training presentation
01 февраля 2018

Date: Monday, February 12, 2018. Come and learn about: Study permits for Canada: paper vs online; an ideal application for a study permit and much more.

Date: Monday, February 12, 2018

Time: Arrive by 10:00 am. Workshop starts at 10:30 am. The workshop will last approximately 3 hours.


  • Russian Association for Canadian Studies
  • Tetertinsky Pereulok House 12 building 5
  • The nearest Metro station- Taganskaya of the Brown line
  • 5 min walk via the Vysotsky street and down the stairs to the parking lot
  • The parking is not secured as it is municipal.

Hosted by: Elena Shik, Manager, International Mobility & Internationalization at Sheridan College and Elena Batalova, Migration Programme Officer | Canadian Embassy

The presentation will be conducted in Russian.

Come and learn about:

  • Study permits for Canada: paper vs online; an ideal application for a study permit; supporting documents needed, medical examinations, passport considerations, motivation letter tips; custodianship and travel consent forms; sufficient fund guidelines for the study permit application and much more!
  • How to sell any college in Canada
  • What is the difference between College and University
  • Canadian college pricing and how it compares to University pricing
  • What kinds of programs are offered in College
  • What are the different credentials you can get in Canadian Colleges
  • When to counsel students to take a diploma and when to counsel them to take a postgraduate certificate
  • Convincing arguments for going to College when students ask you for a Masters (MBA)
  • What are the rules for students to work while they study
  • Application requirements and how to apply to Colleges
  • English Language Requirements
  • Pathway programs to higher education programs
  • How to pathway from College to University and vice versa
  • What is the role of government and industry in the College system?

Who Should Come:

  • All sales staff who are selling post-secondary studies
  • College and University counsellors and Managers
  • Maximum 3 staff per agency

You must confirm by February 7th, 2018 with the complete name of the person(s) attending.

Seating is limited and you must confirm your attendance.

RSVP to Gabriela Facchini at by February 7th, 2018.

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Participation of AREA in annual ALPHE workshop in St-Petersburg
18 октября 2017

We will be glad to meet the agencies representatives during the Alphe St Petersburg workshop on October 21-22, 2017.

You can request an appointment with AREA by sending a request to us (ARES is on the list of participants) to discuss the activities of the Association, to exchange the ideas on how to improve the industry of international education in Russia. See you soon at Alphe! 

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Free course for agents from British Council
03 июля 2017
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ICEF Moscow 2016. After conference
04 апреля 2016
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Из первых рук
07 декабря 2015
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The AREA Chairman Pavel Antipov for ST Magazine
01 декабря 2015
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AREA Presentation on ALTO Day (ICEF, Berlin, November 2015)
19 ноября 2015
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Roadahow with participation of Candian educational institutions
13 октября 2015

AREA members welcomes representatives of Canadian educational institutions in October in five cities in Russia.


Krasnoyarsk, Chelyabinsk, Samara, Moscow, St.Petersburg - the representatives of Canadian educational institutions welcome you to attend interesting seminars about education, opportunities for employment for foreign students in Canada!

The schedule of the seminars and mini-fairs in Russian cities:

Krasnoyarsk - Ocober 11-12, 11:00 - 17:00 - Business center "Europe" ("Starway")
Chelyabinsk - October 15, 16:00 - 20:00 - Hotel Vidgof ("Elbrus-Education")
Samara - October 17 - 12:00 - 16:30 - Hotel RENAISSANCE ("Optima-Study")
Moscow - October 18 - 14:00 - 18:00 - Novotel (Novoslobodskaya, 23) ("Study Navigator")
St. Petersburg - October 22 - 16:00 - 20:00 - Petro-Palace Hotel ("Insight Lingua")

Participants of the Roadshow:
Fanshawe College (London, ON), Camosun College (Victoria, BC), George Brown College (Toronto, ON), Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Kitchener, Toronto, ON), Dwight School Canada (British Columbia), Eurocenters (Toronto, Vancouver), English School of Canada (Toronto), Hudson College (Toronto).

The guests of the seminars will learn a lot of interesting information about Canadian educational system, opportunities for the foreigh students to work during and after the studies. Free registration to the participating institutions for the seminar guests.

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ICEF Higher Education 2015
01 октября 2015
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ICEF Launches US Agent Training Course (USATC)
21 июня 2015

The USATC - the first-ever of its kind and scope - is now available for agents and counsellors around the world.

The USATC (US Agent Training Course) - launched in the beginning of June, 2015 - was developed over the course of a year with the input of an international advisory board of key educational bodies, the US government, and agents from around the world. It is designed to spur best practices and to increase the quality of service that agents and counsellors can provide to both students and American education institutions.

Via the USATS, agents and counsellors can increase their knowledge on subjects including (but not limited to):

  • Why the US is the world's top study destination;
  • The study options and credentials available for all areas and levels of education;
  • The educational pathways, including Intensive English Programmes, designed to help international students achieve success in their studies;
  • The way in which students' educational credits and applications are assessed and how they will be evaluated in US institutions;
  • Information on student visas as well as the work options they may permit while/after studying;
  • How to best prepare students for living and studying in the US.

Markus Badde, CEO of ICEF, commented: "We created the USATC in the context of our organisational commitment to ensuring that students and educational institutions have access to qualified agents who have proven their knowledge of a market, its legal framework, and the educational opportunities it offers students. The USATC will allow agents and counsellors to represent US institutions with confidence and accuracy, and to guide different kinds of students to the study experience that best meets their needs".

The online course is available free of charge at Agents who wish to do so, can take the corresponding non-obligatory examinations; those who pass attain the status of US Course Graduate (USCG) and are then recognised via an online posting on ICEF's website as well as on ICEF's various social medica channels.



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June 02, Moscow - British Council presentation
02 июня 2015

On June 02 the British Council invites educational agencies to participate in the event in Moscow.



On June 02 the British Council invites educational agencies to participate in the event in Moscow. It is organized with the participation of the representaive of the Visa section of the Embassy of Great Britain. 

For registration please e-mail at

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Oxford vs Cambridge
28 апреля 2015
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Annual general meeting (AGM) of AREA took place on March 27, 2015
06 апреля 2015

At the annual general meeting of the Association of Russian Educational Advisors (AREA) on March 27, 2015 the members of the Association summarized the results of its activity in 2014 year, discussed the ways of its development for 2015 and elected the members of the Board for the next financial year. 


At the beginning of ICEF Moscow conference there was a General annual meeting (AGM) of AREA. Anna Ryzhova, the Chair of the Board of AREA, prepared the report about the developments and results of the activity of the Association in 2014, including the launch of new AREA website and group in the social network vkontakte, participation in 2 educational fairs and development of brand recognition of AREA among the prospective students and public/government organizations of Russian Federation,  organization of the meetings with the representatives of British Council and Canadian educational institutions, open presentations for the agencies in Russia, participation in the B2B conferences ICEF Moscow and ALPHE St-Petersburg, as well as the preparation of the annual report for the participants of ICEF Moscow workshop about the position of Russia in the international education market and the challenges for the educational providers who enters or co-operates with the agents in Russia.

AREA members welcomed a new member of the Association at the meeting, the agency LogosStudyGroup (Moscow).

Members of AREA voted for the renewed Board of the Association, and for the next financial year the following members have been elected: Pavel Antipov, Anna Ryzhova, Valentina Ozmidova, Anton Lachkov, Yulia Sumatokhina. Pavel Antipov (Optima-Study, Samara) has been elected as the Chair of the Board for 2015-16 financial year.

(On the photo left to right side - AREA Board members Anton Lachkov, Anna Ryzhova, Pavel Antipov)

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Events of AREA in Fall 2014
26 ноября 2014

In October and November, 2014 the Association of Russian Educational Advisors has participated in a number of public and industry events. We are happy to share a digest report of what events took place this Fall.

October 07-09, 2014, Moscow. Moscow International Education Fair took place at Expocenter in Moscow. It was organized by the Ministry of Education and Science and Russia and Government of Moscow with the support of the Chumber of Commerce and Industry of Russian Federation. One of the aims of AREA is to transfer the consolidated views and opinions of AREA members to the governmental bodies of different levels. The Board of the Association participated in the Forum and business program, as well as AREA was represented as one of the exhibitors. In frame of the business program AREA was a member of the conference "Export of education" that took place on October 08 with the participation of Pavel Antipov, Board member of AREA (Optima Study), Sergey Krasnyanskiy, CIS Director of ICEF, Valery Zhelezov, Director of International Department of Ministry of Education and Science of Russia. The main audience were Russian higher education institutions, interested in receiving foreign students from abroad.

October 23 2014 г., Saint Petersburg - reception with the representatives of Canadian higher institutions - Fanshawe College, Algonquin College, Wilfrid Laurier University.

October 24, 2014,  Saint Petersburg – AREA presentation for the agencies participating in the seminar held by Fanshawe College and ILAC language school (Canada).

October 24-25, 2014, Saint Petersburg – the representatives of AREA worked at the talbe of the Association, and the Russia angecies who are not the members of AREA yet, could ask the questions about the terms & condistions of membership in the Association, as well as its activities.

November 02. 2014, Berlin – AREA meeting at ICEF Berlin. During the short briefing the issues regarding the public promotion of AREA сand further collaboration with ICEF in terms of the educational program for agents have been discussed.

November 07-09, 2014, Moscow – participation of AREA in the Fair "Education and Career". On the 07th of Novebmer Anna Ryzhova, Chair of the Board member of AREA, delivered a presentation regarding the activities of AREA. 

November 12, 2014, Moscow – participation of AREA and members of the Association in the information session devoted to the governmental program "Global education", that was organized at Moscow school of Management "Skolkovo". As the result, during the AREA Board meeting a decision has been made to actively participate in the program by means of advising and consultations as well a plan of the collaboration with the authorities resonsible for delivery of this program has been worked out.

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Welcome reception for the agents - Saint-Petersburg, October 23
13 октября 2014
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Национальная Ассоциация по консультированию для поступления в колледжи (NACAC) выпустила основные положения по работе с агентами
06 октября 2014

Установлен приоритет члентства агентства в FELCA перед другими объединениями и ассоциациями для работы с американскими учебными заведениями

Национальная Ассоциация по консультированию для поступления в колледжи (NACAC), США  выпустила  руководство для образовательных учреждений, которые являются членами  этой организации, как  работать с агентами, занимающимися рекрутингом международных студентов.
Данный документ является основополагающим для учреждений, которые рассматривают привлечение агентов для рекрутинга международных студентов. В  прошлом году  NACAC изменил свои основолагающие принципы и разрешил своим членам пользоваться услугами агентов на комиссионной основе (ранее это было запрещено наравне с  оплатой рекрутинга американских студентов).  NACAC рекомендует учебным заведениям, публиковать на своих сайтах положения об агентах,  включая ссылку на то, как агенты получают вознаграждение за свою работу и любые экклюзивные  условия.  Учебные заведения должны сообщать своим студентам и их родителям, какие услуги оказывают  агентства.
NACAC рекомендует, чтобы учебные заведения составляли свои контракты, а не использовали агентские, а также  включили   в него все необходимые положения ,  том числе условия расторжения контракта, срок действия контракта, объем услуг, оказываемых агентством и запрет на суб-подряд. Что касается вопросов оплаты, документ предлагает запретить агентам осуществлять оплату  учебному заведению от имени студента. Положения также предостерегают от двойной оплаты, когда агентства, в свою очередь, выставляют плату студентам.   NACAC рекомендует, чтобы учебные заведения- члены  NACAC - запретели рекрутинговым агентствам взимать плату со студентов зя рекламу и помощь в подаче заявки, что должно стать одним из условий контракта.
NACAC советует, чтобы учебные заведения просили рекомендации у агентств, проверяли эти рекомендации и встречались с агентствами лично.  Согласно положениям, национальные ассоциации , такие как Бразильская ассоциация BELTA, JAOS в Японии, Российская AREA (АРКО) в своей работе должны следовать стандартам , профессиональной практике  в основе котороой лежит кодекс FELCA. Также рекомендовано проводить семинары для агентов в рамках ALPHE, ICEF, где предоствляется возможность встречи с агентствами.
NACAC рекомендует  учебным заведениям проводить регулярные тренинги агентов, постоянно обновлять информацию для них  в виде справочников и брошюр, а также отслеживать взаиомоотношения с агентствами, включая опрос студентов, отслеживание показателей по рекрутингу и количеству выпускников.Данный документ также отмечает, почему рекрутинг через агентства был окружен таким противоречием в США: риски, включая обман, судебные иски и материальный ущерб для студентов, а также вопросы оправданности оплаты комиссионных за каждого отдельного студента.  По сведениям NACAC, на сегодняшний день около четверти учебных заведений США прибегают к услугам  агентств, что значительно отстает от показателей Великобритании и Австралии.
NACAC также отмечает, что в зависимости от программы , использование агентств может быть весьма оправдано, как, например, при изучении английского.  NACAC рекомендует своим членам разработать условия и положения сотрудничества с агентствам , а также назначить контактактное лицо, которое отвечает за связь с агентством.

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AREA at Moscow International Education Fair
06 октября 2014

AREA will be represented at Moscow International Education Fair at Expocenter on October 07-09.

Association of Russian Educational Advisors welcomes to visit Moscow International Education Fair and its stand.

Where: Moscow, Expocenter, Krasnopresnenskaya naberezhnaya, 14, pavillion 7

When: 10:00 - 18:00

Website of Moscow International Education Fair >>>

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