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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

ETS works with education institutions, businesses and governments to conduct research and develop assessment programs that provide meaningful information they can count on to evaluate people and programs.

At nonprofit ETS, they are passionate about their mission to advance quality and equity in education for all people worldwide because they believe in the power of learning. ETS strives to provide innovative and meaningful measurement solutions that improve teaching and learning, expand educational opportunities, and inform policy. ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually, including the TOEFL® and GRE® tests, in more than 180 countries worldwide.

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TOEFL® and TOEFL iBT® are registered trademarks of Educational Testing Service (ETS) in the United States and other countries.


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Pearson is the world’s learning company, with products and services used by millions of teachers and learners around the globe every day. They have 30,000 employees in more than 70 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning.

They provide learning materials, technologies, assessments and services to teachers and students to help people everywhere aim higher and fulfil their true potential. They put the learner at the centre of everything they do.

PTE Academic is a computer-based English test for international students seeking to demonstrate their language proficiency when applying to study in English. A growing number of institutions are choosing PTE Academic as it offers them the most accurate, objective, secure and relevant test of English available. Already thousands of institutions worldwide accept PTE Academic scores including Harvard Business School, Yale and Stanford Universities.


Nuffic is the Dutch organisation 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 the 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.


European Commission

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 and Scholarshipportal, our platforms for PhD and scholarship opportunities in Europe, and our study experience exchange platform STeXX are funded by the European Commission. Besides, we are supporting the European Commission for example on fairs or with our student satisfaction report.


 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.

Universidad2_logo.png 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 with European institutions.


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.

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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 practices through advocacy and networking, research and capacity building. UIL is an expert organisation with in-depth expertise in adult and distance education on an 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 the production of the final report.

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.

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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.

The Student Research Opportunities Program (SiROP Association) connects leading universities in Europe and the US.

The Association is based in Zurich, Switzerland, and develops a web 2.0 technology which enables universities to incorporate an 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 the Opening 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 and researchers.

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 the industry via licensing or spin-out companies.

Diku - The Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education Diku is a Norwegian agency promoting quality enhancement and innovation, international cooperation and digital learning in education. 

The Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education is Norway’s official agency for international programmes and measures related to quality enhancement in education.

Diku is responsible for internationalisation throughout the course of education, from kindergarten to PhD level. The agency distributes competitive funds and is responsible for developing and stimulating quality in higher education and vocational schools.

Diku also promotes Norway as a study destination internationally through the website Study in Norway and its social media platforms.


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 – the official gateway to Sweden the potential to spread information about Sweden has entered a new phase. Many more people around the world now have 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 Programme and 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.

Youth work

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.


IAU works together with Studyportals in the GlobalOHER project.


Sloan-C cooperates with Studyportals in the GlobalOHER project.

Tempus Public Foundation

Tempus Public Foundation (TPF) is a non-profit organization established in 1996 by the Hungarian Government, with the task of managing international cooperation programmes and special projects in the field of education, training and EU-related issues.

AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders.

Synonymous with the highest standards of excellence since 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to over 1,600 member organizations and more than 800 accredited business schools worldwide.

When educational, professional, and business organizations become members of the AACSB Business Education Alliance, they are part of a movement united to improve the quality of business education around the world. AACSB connects, shares, and inspires innovation and quality throughout the member network, as well as the business community. The collective strength of the organization is founded on diverse perspectives, a global mindset, and a commitment to making a difference.

Distancelearningportal development partners

The following universities were all closely involved in the development of as members of the Advisory Task Force.


EADTU is founding partner of 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.

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