Also have a look at our list of student partners.
International Association of Language Centres (IALC)
Learning a language where it is spoken is a fantastic opportunity to gain language skills quickly, to experience another culture and to meet new people. Founded in 1983, IALC (International Association of Language Centres) accredits language schools in 22 countries around the world to teach: Mandarin Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The IALC logo is a sign of high standard language training and great student service. IALC schools are all accredited under the IALC Quality Scheme which sets high standards for teaching, school management and student care. This helps to ensure students have the best possible experience. Positive word of mouth is the best advertising. Satisfied students return home ready to recommend the school or even to register again on the next course! So it makes sense to choose an IALC school to study languages abroad.
English UK represents fully-accredited English language course providers all offering high standards of teaching and care.
They include universities, schools, colleges and study centres in towns and cities all over the UK. All English UK centres are accredited by Accreditation UK, a quality-assurance scheme which monitors and improves the standards of English language providers in the UK. There are thousands of different courses at English UK centres, so every student can find the best one for their needs. Most centres teach general English and many specialise in other courses too. There are courses for teenagers and young learners, students, people who need English for their jobs, and for adults who want a study holiday. English UK is the world’s leading language teaching association. It works to raise quality standards in English teaching, to make sure all students get the best experience.
The European Commission is the EU’s executive body and represents the interests of Europe as a whole.
The Commission’s main roles are to set objectives and priorities for action, propose legislation to Parliament and Council, manage and implement EU policies and the budget, enforce European Law (jointly with the Court of Justice) and represent the EU outside Europe (negotiating trade agreements between the EU and other countries, etc.).
StudyPortals collaborates with the European Commission in several ways by promoting and representing European higher education. The projects PhDportal.com and ScholarshipPortal.com, our platforms for PhD and scholarship opportunities in Europe, and our study experience exchange platform STeXX.com are funded by the European Commission. Besides, we are supporting the European Commission for example on fairs or with our student satisfaction report.
Nuffic is the Netherlands organization for international cooperation in higher education.
Nuffic’s motto is Linking Knowledge Worldwide. And everything we have done since our foundation in 1952 has been driven by this mission.
Whichever way you look at it, Linking Knowledge Worldwide means bringing people together, because it is knowledge that makes us unique as people. Linking knowledge means linking people. What we love about knowledge is that you cannot give it away. You can only share it with others. This sharing often leads to the creation of new knowledge. And so we add to the wealth of knowledge on our planet by communicating with each other and by forming networks to share it in. Nuffic is a proud exponent of Linking Knowledge Worldwide.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest funding organization in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars.
Since it was founded in 1925, more than 1.5 million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding. It is a registered association and its members are German institutions of higher education and student bodies. Its activities go far beyond simply awarding grants and scholarships. The DAAD supports the internationalization of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy.
The Austrian Academic Exchange Service (ÖAD) promotes the international cooperation of people in science and education.
Among its numerous tasks is the supervision of EU-education and mobility programmes, the implementation of scholarship programmes, advice and care for those who receive scholarships and the administration and organisation of the Viennese University Preparation Programme.
Universidad.es is a public sector foundation that aims to promote the Spanish university system throughout the world.
Its main objectives are:
To increase the international dimension of the Spanish university system, establish Spain as a leading destination for foreign students and researchers, increase the presence of Spanish students and researchers throughout the world, encourage transnational education under the leadership of Spanish universities and help universities to develop their internationalization strategies and to promote university development cooperation projects.
The Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) is a dynamic think tank in the area of international cooperation in higher education.
Its goal is to promote innovation and internationalisation of European higher education while maintaining a global outreach. ACA´s activities include research and analyses, evaluations, consultancy for private and public bodies, advocacy, publications, and much more.
The Academic Cooperation Association is a not-for-profit pan-European network of major organisations responsible in their countries for the promotion of internationalisation in education and training. ACA’s Secretariat is located in Brussels – a privileged position to create and maintain close working relations to European institutions.
The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.
The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide.
IELTS (the International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with over 2.5 million tests taken over the last year. IELTS is developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment, and is accepted by over 9,000 organisations worldwide.
Should you wish to work with IELTS in any way, including accepting or updating IELTS scores as part of your admissions process, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
EFMD is a global, membership driven organisation, based in Brussels, Belgium. As the largest international network association in the field of management development, the EFMD network includes over 860 institutional members and reaches over 25,000 management development professionals from academia, business, public service and consultancy across 82 countries worldwide.
Blackboard is the world’s largest eLearning provider, building innovative solutions that improve the experience of over 25 million students and learners around the world every day.
Blackboard’s solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities.
Blackboard, works with its clients to develop and implement technology that improves every aspect of education. They enable schools to engage more learners in exciting new ways, reaching them on their terms and devices-and connecting them more effectively; keeping learners informed, involved, and collaborating together. Through this innovative technology, services and expertise Blackboard works with its clients to build a better education experience. Whether it´s in the classroom, online, via mobile device or a virtual classroom, Blackboard is helping millions of people – regardless of borders, language or culture – accomplish a teaching and learning experience they never before dreamed possible.
Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with its international headquarters in London and Amsterdam, and further offices across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning is a non-profit, policy-driven, international research, training, information, documentation and publishing centre of UNESCO.
UIL promotes lifelong learning policy and practice through advocacy and networking, research and capacity building. UIL is an expert organisation with in-depth expertise in adult and distance education on international level, specifically on literacy, non-formal education and alternative learning opportunities for marginalized and disadvantaged groups.
With lifelong learning and adult education at the core of UIL activities, the organisation sees IDEAL´s great potential in exploring the impact of higher education on adult education. UIL will contribute significantly and in particular to data analysis and reporting, from the conceptual phase up to production of the final report.
EADTU is founding partner of DistanceLearningPortal. EADTU has been essential in developing the concept of the portal, as well as providing content that helps learners better understand the benefits of online and distance education.
Cambridge English Language Assessment is part of the University of Cambridge. We develop and produce the most valuable range of qualifications for learners and teachers of English in the world. Over 5 million Cambridge English exams are taken each year in more than 130 countries. Around the world over 20,000 universities, employers, government ministries and other organisations rely on our exams and qualifications as proof of English language ability. Cambridge English exams are backed by the work of the largest dedicated research team of any English language test provider.
Cambridge English Language Assessment – a not-for-profit organisation.
The International Student Identity Card Association is the non-profit organisation behind the International Student Identity Card (ISIC). The ISIC card is the only internationally accepted proof of bona fide student status and gives access worldwide to over 42,000 products, services or experiences in every stage and area of student life.
First established in 1953, the ISIC card is now issued in over 125 countries, with more than 5 million valid cards in the hands of students each year. The ISIC card is not exclusive. All bona fide students over the age of 12, regardless of their nationality, race, gender or religion can gain an ISIC card at an affordable price.
Through the wide range of opportunities available to cardholders, the ISIC Association aims to play a supporting role in improving intercultural understanding, increasing educational opportunities and facilitating student life across the world. Related to this, the ISIC card has been endorsed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) since 1968.
Visit www.isic.org for more information.
The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) is the leading global membership organization for the open and distance education community, and is open to institutions, educational authorities, commercial actors, and individuals.
ICDE is an NGO in formal consultative relations with UNESCO and shares UNESCO´s key value – the universal right to education for all. ICDE further derives its position from the unique knowledge and experience of its members throughout the world in the development and use of new methodologies and emerging technologies.
ICDE was founded in 1938 in Canada as the International Council for Correspondence Education and today has members from over 50 countries worldwide.
ICDE’s Permanent Secretariat is in Oslo, Norway, and has been hosted by this country on a permanent basis since 1988.
ICDE cooperates with StudyPortals in diverse projects. This includes IDEAL which focuses on presenting a European overview of online/distance education options. GlobalOHER (Global Online Higher Education Report) aims to present insights into the global offer.
LLAS is a research and enterprise group specialising in educational projects and professional development in the area of languages and related studies.
They have been providing high quality professional development, resources and information to the higher education sector since 2000, first as part of the Higher Education Academy Subject Network and since 2011 as an independent group.
They also engage in research and projects at the level of government policy and activities which promote greater public engagement with languages and related studies. The Centre´s activities extend to working across sectors and internationally.
Founded in 2006, Linguaid is a consulting firm specialised in the professional language training market in France.
Publisher of the highly accredited study – The Professional Language Training Market in France – in 2009, Linguaid enjoys a European-wide reputation as the experts on this incredibly fast-moving and innovative market.
They now carry out studies on language training markets the world over for associations, networks and governmental agencies.
The Association is based in Zurich, Switzerland, and develops a web 2.0 technology which enables universities to incorporate a undergraduate research opportunities program (UROP) in a strong network. SiROP has more than 16 largely renowned research institution as partner organisations. The database contains numerous exciting open research positions (Internship, MSc, PhD, PostDoc) for excellent students.
The European Commission launched Open Education Europa in September 2013 as part of theOpening Up Education initiative to provide a single gateway to European OER.
Today, with close to 38,000 registered users and an average of 55,000 monthly visits, it has become the meeting point for exploring change and innovation in education.
The main goal of the Open Education Europa portal is to offer access to all existing European Open Educational Resources in different languages in order to be able to present them to learners, teachers andresearchers.
Open Education Europa is a dynamic platform built with the latest cutting-edge open-source technology, offering a powerful search, tools for communicating, sharing and discussing.
Enterprise Ireland is responsible for the international marketing and promotion of Irish Higher Education Institutions. We are responsible for promoting, developing and branding Ireland’s international higher education offering.
Enterprise Ireland is the Irish state agency responsible for supporting the development of manufacturing and internationally traded services companies. Enterprise Ireland provides funding and supports for companies – from entrepreneurs with plans for a high potential start-up through to large companies expanding their activities, improving efficiency and growing export sales.
We also provide funding and supports for college based researchers to assist in the development, protection and transfer of technologies into industry via licensing or spin-out companies.
SIU is a knowledge- and service organisation with the mission of promoting and facilitating cooperation, standardisation, mobility, and the overcoming of cultural barriers to communication and exchange within the realm of education on an international level.
The centre is charged with the important task of coordinating national measures according to official Norwegian policy within the field of internationalisation.
The centre is Norway’s official agency for international programmes and measures related to education. It is commissioned by several national and international public organisations to administer programmes within all levels of education.
In addition to programme administration, SIU is responsible for promoting Norway as an education and research destination, as well as providing information and advisory services within the field of internationalisation in education.
The Swedish Institute is a public agency with a staff of approximately 130 employees with offices in Stockholm, Visby and Paris. SI is an agency with the task of creating goodwill and confidence in Sweden.
The Institute is now openly referring to “public diplomacy” and “nation branding” to spread knowledge about the tools we and others are using to promote Sweden abroad. With the launch of Sweden.se – the official gateway to Sweden the potential to spread information about Sweden has entered a new phase. Many more people around the world now has access to information about Sweden. SI arrange greater initiatives in selected countries, such as the Scopriamo la Svezia in Italy, and Svédületes in Hungary. SI develops and utilises contacts with the many students who annually come to Sweden through an alumni network. SI leaves the Sweden House building in 2002 and moves to the Old Town. Sweden Bookshop, SI´s bookstore with books on Sweden in many languages now attracts many more tourists.
Archimedes Foundation is an independent body established by the Estonian government with the objective to coordinate and implement different international and national programmes and projects in the field of training, education and research.
We are the implementing body of EU Lifelong Learning Programmeand administer several national and international scholarship schemes for improving mobility, marketing Estonian higher education and research abroad.
The evaluation of foreign qualifications is carried out by the Academic Recognition Information Centre (Estonian ENIC/NARIC centre), while Estonian Higher Education Quality Agency carries out institutional accreditation and quality assessment of study groups.
We are the Implementing Agency of Structural Support for the period 2007-2013 in the field of R&D and a member of Estonian EURAXESS services network that provides solutions for mobile researchers.
We are the implementing body for EU Youth in Action programme.
The Graduate Management Admission Test®(GMAT®) is a standardised exam, delivered in English, used to make admissions decisions by thousands of graduate business programmes around the world. Admissions professionals use the GMAT as a benchmark to assess students from a wide range of academic programmes and undergraduate majors worldwide, as well as varying levels of professional experience.
The GMAT is a valid predictor of academic performance in graduate management programmes: this is proven by more than 60 years of testing expertise and decades of peer-reviewed research including hundreds of validity studies in the last 10 years.
An initiative from the IIE (Institute of International Education), supporting U.S. study abroad.
The goal of the initiative “Generation Study Abroad” is to have 600,000 U.S. students studying abroad in credit and non-credit programs (using the Open Doors 2019, which reports on 2017/2018 data). Over the next 5 years, Generation Study Abroad will reach out to educators at all levels and stakeholders in the public and private sectors to encourage purposeful, innovative action to get more Americans to undertake an international experience. Putting IIE’s resources behind this campaign highlights the commitment to increasing study abroad that has been so much a part of the Institute’s mission for our first 95 years. StudyPortals is an official commitment partner of this initiative.
Web2Present is an expert in innovative study abroad webinars, other types of Webinars and Online Events. We connect hundreds of students with Universities and Business schools, in real-time, enabling a more personal touch to recruitment and take of the webinar hosting, production and targeted audience recruitment. Web2Present currently has delivered these interactive online sessions to over 70 Universities worldwide and has partners on different continents in order to focus on qualitative recruitment. Headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, this dynamic company consists of professionals with many years of experience in Online Collaboration, Online Marketing, IT, Multimedia Production and SaaS.
Uniplaces is creating a trusted, global brand for student accommodation. Since launching in 2013, Uniplaces became the fastest-growing international website for booking student accommodation. Uniplaces has been making the process of finding accommodation easier for students. It also provides landlords with an easy way to rent their accommodation online to students from all over the world and to benefit from higher-than-average rental yields. Uniplaces works closely with Universities and professional accommodation providers. Backed by top investors including Octopus Investments and the founders of Zoopla and LOVEFiLM, Uniplaces has its sights firmly set on becoming the number one booking site for students around the world.
IAU works together with StudyPortals in the GlobalOHER project.
Sloan-C cooperates with StudyPortals in the GlobalOHER project.
DistanceLearningPortal development partners
The following universities were all closely involved in the development of DistanceLearningPortal as members of the advisory Task Force: