Baltic Council for International Education is an education abroad agency, which started out 27 years ago as a family business and since then has developed to be one of the biggest, leading educational agencies in Europe with offices in 6 countries and more than 1000 partner institutions all over the world. Baltic Council covers all aspects of the education-abroad industry, including language camps and courses, secondary education, as well as college, undergraduate and post-graduate university degrees abroad. Besides helping students choose the right destination, language course or university program and leading the entire application process from the beginning until the end, Baltic Council is also the host of several webinars, seminars and educational fairs throughout the year.
During the summer, Baltic Council organized free webinars for those interested in studying abroad. The webinar “Study in the Netherlands” happened in the beginning of July, and was lead by Darja Fokina, a senior study abroad manager of the Latvian Baltic Council office. Darja graduated from Tilburg and Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and was happy to share her first-hand knowledge and experiences with the ones who registered in advance. The webinar was not only about university programs and studies, but also about part-time jobs, student grants and loans, travelling and making friends in the Netherlands. At Baltic Council, all counsellors and managers have studied abroad, and are always glad to share their personal stories and experiences. Although Baltic Council has partner institutions all over the world, the Netherlands is one of the most popular destinations among students, which was the main reason why the webinar was focusing on this country. Online platforms for university applications in the Netherlands are opening soon, so anyone interested in studying there can now get in touch with the Baltic Council office and ask for the help of the experienced counsellors.
Another webinar in July was about IELTS – the international language exam everyone needs in order to apply for a university program abroad. The host of the free webinar was the Hungarian Baltic Council office and Nicholas Stephen Lone, an experienced IELTS teacher from the UK, who has already held several successful exam preparation courses. Nicholas told students about the structure, different tasks, tips and tricks of the IELTS exam. Baltic Council is starting an online, intensive, 4-week IELTS preparation course this September lead by Nick Lone, who speaks about his job as follows:
“I am passionate about teaching English and enjoy teaching those who are equally passionate about learning it. I try to make my lessons interesting and fun as possible, whilst delivering as much technical information as possible – whether that means exam technique, exam requirements or simply complex grammar tenses or advanced relevant vocabulary […] I have a long list of students who I have helped to pass the exam, and this is by far the most rewarding and satisfying part of my job.”
Whoever needs to take the IELTS test soon is encouraged to take part in the intensive preparation course starting in September, for which students can now apply via email ([email protected]).
With regard to other summer events, the Hungarian Baltic Council team has recently also participated in the Outland Festival, in Alsópetény, Nógrád County. This was the first time the festival had been organized by the Hungarian Youth Association. The Baltic Council team felt honored to be invited to the event in order to encourage young people to study abroad and broaden their horizons.
While international language camps are still running during the summer, Baltic Council is already looking ahead: free consultations about applications to higher education are starting soon; the online IELTS preparation course is beginning in September; and the organization of the biggest European education abroad fair – Days of International Education – on 29th October is also getting started.
Source: Baltic Council/Press release