About the CEAC

Education agents play a significant role in counselling and referring students to international education providers. The primary representatives in this role are study abroad advisers at whom the CEAC is aimed. The CEAC is a Chinese version of the IATC, translated by ICEF and customised by BOSSA.

ICEF introduced the IATC as a means of raising the standard of quality and the professionalism of study aboard advisers and was originally developed based on the input of 769 education agents from 113 countries and 437 education institutions from 78 countries. Further input was given by the IATC Advisory Board, comprised of 30 director level individuals from education agencies, education institutions and official organisations in 18 countries.

The CEAC instructs the study abroad advisers in fundamental knowledge and functional skills. The study abroad adviser gains a “big picture” perspective of researching and marketing destination countries, and recruiting students for their education institutions and courses. This provides a conceptual framework with which to build detailed knowledge of a destination country, its education system and institutions, and its immigration processes.

The CEAC is based on the following definition of the role of a study abroad adviser:

The study abroad adviser connects the people involved in international education, linking students, parents, education providers, and travel and accommodation providers to each other in order to facilitate study in another country.

Core services to students are:

  • Provide information on destination countries, e.g., lifestyle, costs
  • Provide information on education options, courses, and pathways
  • Provide counselling to students to ensure the most appropriate course selection
  • Process enrolment applications
  • Process visa applications.

Core services to education providers are:

  • Recruit suitable students
  • Process student applications
  • Provide market information
  • Market and promote education providers.

In the CEAC, key concepts are reinforced and expanded across lessons. In each lesson they are linked to related concepts, which both aids memory retention and promotes acquisition of wider cognitive connections. By the end of the course, the study abroad adviser should possess a broad conceptual framework within which to understand their role in international education.

The CEAC has three Course Units (A). Each unit is divided into Lessons (A.1), each lesson is divided into Pages (A.1.1), and each page may have a number of segments. Information is cross-referenced with hyperlinks.

The course units contain three types of questions/exercises:

Focus Questions: These are at the beginning of each lesson and prepare the student for the information contained in it.

Extension Questions: These occur throughout the content and assist in applying the knowledge gained from the course. They are a practical checklist to ensure that study abroad advisers are always able to give accurate, comprehensive, and up-to-date information to prospective students, especially with regard to specific destination countries.

Activities: These are learning tools at the end of each page, allowing study abroad advisers to test and reinforce  essential information before continuing to the next one.

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