English-taught bachelor programmes
International higher education continues to change with the times: students have more options to study abroad than ever before, new regions and institutions are becoming stronger in providing world-class international degrees and digital learning methods are challenging the traditional views on higher education. As European higher education institutions become more strategic with their international offerings trends emerge, such as the recent proliferation of English-taught bachelor’s programmes (ETBs).
This is the first study to investigate whether ETBs are undergoing a similar trajectory to that of English-taught master’s programmes and are enhancing internationalisation. Using quantitative data from StudyPortals and qualitative interviews conducted by the European Association for International Education (EAIE), this report provides a first overview of the emergence and growth of ETBs in Europe in addition to exploring the benefits, challenges and impact of these programmes on the institutional and national level.
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Founded in 1989, the EAIE is the European centre for knowledge, expertise and networking in the internationalisation of higher education. As a member-led association of more than 3000 members from over 80 countries, our mission is to help our members succeed professionally and to contribute to developments in international higher education from a European perspective. We achieve this mission through a combination of training, conferences and knowledge acquisition and sharing. The EAIE Annual Conference & Exhibition is Europe’s largest international higher education event, gathering more than 5500 professionals from over 90 countries to network and discuss the latest trends in the field. The EAIE Academy, the core of our top-class training programme, is a bi-annual training event offering a wide range of in-depth courses delivered by expert trainers. Our expansive knowledge base of publications and resources covering all the major topics in the internationalisation of higher education equips professionals with best practices and workable solutions to internationalisation challenges and provides a platform for strategic exchange.
Founded in 2009, StudyPortals is the global education search platform, enabling international students to search for degree options and education opportunities worldwide. We work with over 2,450 institutions all over the world, delivering on our promise of bringing transparency to international education; students are empowered to make informed decisions about education, while universities can effectively reach students and diversify their classrooms. This year we expect to reach 29 million prospective students considering their international study options through our platforms: BachelorsPortal, MastersPortal, PhDportal, DistanceLearningPortal, ShortCoursesPortal and PreparationCoursesPortal. Together, we’ve all accomplished something impressive: we’ve helped shape a more tolerant, open, and highly educated world through international education.