UK remains the preferred destination to work or study, despite Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic

Despite the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic and the process of leaving the United Kingdom from the European Union (Brexit), the country remains the preferred destination for those looking to study or work abroad, followed by the Netherlands to study and the USA, Canada, and Australia to work.

This is the main conclusion of a survey carried out by the British Council to 706 people from the European Union, and which had the contribution of respondents in Portugal. Including students planning to study abroad, professionals who choose to work abroad, and other people who decide to live outside their country, the selection of the destination to study or work has not changed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ensure 77% of respondents.

Only 3% indicate that the pandemic caused plans to study or work abroad to be canceled. In addition, about 4 out of 10 respondents are planning to go abroad in 2020.

Given the current mobility constraints, 4 out of 10 respondents planning to study abroad in 2020 say they intend to take part of the online course and the rest on campus.

Data from another survey carried out by the British Council also concluded that more than half (53%) of the trainees are willing to carry out a combination of online and face-to-face classes. Many still view online classes as a necessary temporary measure in Covid-19 times, but prefer it not to become effective.

The IELTS (International English Language Testing System), an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native speakers, is currently essential for anyone looking to study, work and live in an English-speaking environment.

In this survey it was possible to conclude that for 85% of the respondents the free webinars provided by the British Council added value to the preparation for the IELTS test. Regarding the realization of the test itself, 60% of the respondents say that they are available to take it through a computer, at the British Council’s premises.

This option has several advantages regarding the assessment of listening and writing of the trainees in an IELTS test, compared to the test in paper format.

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