Global Education Specialist

The Global Education Specialist Program delivers much-needed training to current and prospective international education agents. Our program will open the door to a successful and highly lucrative business and provide you with the qualifications to become a Designated Agent for Canadian/International institutes. Playing a key role in the international education market, global education agents are instrumental in linking educational institutions with prospective international students. Our graduates will be able to differentiate themselves in the hyper-competitive recruitment environment as they will be eligible to be registered as Global Education Specialists. Ethical and reliable agents are in high demand internationally; and our program takes a holistic approach in ensuring professionals in the global education field will offer a wide range of services and build relationships with important stakeholders on the basis of professional ethics, integrity, and code of conduct. At the completion of the program, students will have valuable knowledge, practical skills, a business plan, thus becoming leaders in global education student recruitment.

NEXT START DATE:
July 4th, 2022
*In special circumstances, there might be an additional cohort with an earlier start date. Contact us for more details.

What you'll learn

Find the most suitable school for a prospective student
How to network and build relationships that will help you establish a successful practice
Prepare school applications and apply for study visas for the most popular study abroad destinations
Research funding sources to help your clients finance their studies abroad
Offer a holistic support plan to ensure student success
How to set up your own business and acquire clients
Avoid common ethical pit falls and run a reputable business
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Ethics

This module is an introduction to applied ethics. Utilizing real-world examples and case studies from current research and contemporary news, students learn to identify, analyze, and systematically resolve ethical dilemmas they are likely to encounter in their personal lives and professional careers. Over the course of the module, students will develop their own ethical decision-making guide.

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Building Relationships

Many stakeholders are involved in the profession of Global Education Specialists – students, parents, universities, agencies, etc. Building relationships with these stakeholders is crucial to a successful practice in the profession. In this module, students will learn how to interact and build rapport with these stakeholders while applying intercultural sensitivity. Students will also learn how to network with other professionals in the field to help further their practice and expand their business.

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Planning for Higher Education

Overseas higher education study is a booming sector, and there are countless choices in institutions and countries. This module will help students guide their clients in this selection process and formulate a viable application strategy to help them gain acceptance. This strategy will consider the needs and traits of the client in order to find the best match for them in terms of culture, country, institution, and program. The goal is to ensure the client achieves success and maintains well-being, while also putting them on the path towards a post-graduate career.

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Application Systems and Preparing an Application

The aim of this module is to discuss the various application systems and their requirements for international students, and by extension, how to prepare an application in each scenario. Although there are only a handful of countries where large numbers of international students attend university, including America, Canada, the UK and other European countries, each has its own unique system for students. This module will cover the application requirements including letters of recommendation, personal statements, and the overall application process. Additionally, it will touch on the academic requirements for students completing secondary school along with information on how to find more information for students. By the end of the module, you will be able to assess the quality of an applicant, assist with school selection and advise the student on the various applications and requirements.

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Financing Higher Education

In this module, students will learn about the types of financial assistance available to international students, including scholarships, loans, and grants in different university systems and countries. Students will understand the importance of the full cost of university and why a financial aid plan is a crucial part of a successful higher education consulting business. From this, students will learn how to create a financial aid plan to help their clients according to their needs and financial situation.

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Immigration and Visas

Due to its international nature, facilitating overseas higher education requires an understanding of immigration laws, policies, and regulations, especially regarding visas. Students will learn to distinguish between different types of visa categories, understand the general rules and principles for successful visa applications. They will also understand clearly the limits to the adviser’s knowledge and competence and of when to refer a case on. The module will provide knowledge on how to prepare a valid student application form, types of evidence needed to support the case, possible routes for business immigration, switching rules, permanent residence.

Student Success and Support

Research has highlighted that the cultivation of student support systems increases student retention and positively affects student’s health, wellbeing, and academic performance. By building networks of collaborative and inclusive relationships with peers, administration staff, and faculty, students remain supported, establishing strong social bonds and connections to place that foster commitment to learning and a sense of belonging to the academic community. As emerging Global Education Specialist professionals, creating awareness of the importance of these supports for your client (the student) is essential to increase your client’s success in the study abroad program. Ensuring this awareness and working with students to develop positive social support improves not only student success rates, but significantly improves relationships to support your business. Using a practitioner model for learning, this module provides guidelines, tools, and resources to assess student readiness for study abroad programs in order to co-construct plans and generate networks that support students for success in new, cultural settings.

Business Practices

The final module of this program will focus on applying all that students have learned in the prior modules and how they are going to practically apply it upon graduation. While the primary focus is on developing the business plans for those starting a new enterprise or expanding an existing one, we also recognize that some may be seeking employment opportunities as an alternative route of application of knowledge. We have therefore also tailored the material to cover specifics that relate directly to the development of graduating students’ game plans if the intent is to seek or retain employment in this field. Each session will address a component of the final plan that students will be expected to develop over the course of the program. Each session will contain presentations to guide the learner in research and comprehension of the components. Each session is also supported by a storyline of a fictitious group of individuals who are going through the same thought processes of developing their business plans in this industry. Students may choose to review the entire storyboard as a precursor to the sessions or read each section of the storyboard as it relates to each session presented as they reach that specific section.

Dr. Kristina Bendikas

The final module of this program will focus on applying all that students have learned in the prior modules and how they are going to practically apply it upon graduation. While the primary focus is on developing the business plans for those starting a new enterprise or expanding an existing one, we also recognize that some may be seeking employment opportunities as an alternative route of application of knowledge. We have therefore also tailored the material to cover specifics that relate directly to the development of graduating students’ game plans if the intent is to seek or retain employment in this field. Each session will address a component of the final plan that students will be expected to develop over the course of the program. Each session will contain presentations to guide the learner in research and comprehension of the components. Each session is also supported by a storyline of a fictitious group of individuals who are going through the same thought processes of developing their business plans in this industry. Students may choose to review the entire storyboard as a precursor to the sessions or read each section of the storyboard as it relates to each session presented as they reach that specific section.

Shaun-Teka Joyner

Shaun‐Teka Joyner has over 15 years of experience assisting students with getting into and paying for the college of their dreams, both as a nonprofit leader and education consultant. As a creative problem solver, Shaun‐Teka specializes in creating dynamic programming for “at‐promise” youth, developing scholarship programs and collegiate preparatory programs, improving nonprofit governance and accountability, program planning, development and innovation, and increasing student, volunteer, and donor engagement. She assists executive directors, colleges, school districts, non-profit organizations, and their boards, increasing their programs’ effectiveness.

Shaun‐Teka is the former Executive Director of the All Ways Up Foundation, a national organization dedicated to empowering individuals striving to improve their standard of living by bridging the gap between their ambition and their opportunity to achieve. During her tenure at All Ways Up, she created two nationally recognized programs, the Up Through Education Summit at UCLA, a dynamic five‐day, four‐night retreat designed to assist low‐income, first‐generation, and recently graduated high school seniors make a transition into and successfully complete college, and the Bridging the Gap Awards (BGA), a grant program that invests capital into smaller‐sized nonprofit organizations. She is also the former Director of Connecting Communities to UCLA (CCU). CCU was a multi‐faceted program established in 2007 to connect community groups, faith‐based organizations, and local schools to UCLA. At CCU, she facilitated college access matriculation among underserved youth. After leaving, she continued to work with UCLA as an Undergraduate Admissions Reader, analyzing prospective college students’ qualifications by assessing their academic and personal achievements and submitting recommendations. Throughout her career, she has read and made recommendations for over 6,000 college applications. She now uses her wealth of insider knowledge to create programs that give youth the tools to overcome obstacles and view education, their circumstances, successes, and failures in a new light. Shaun‐Teka is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) with an emphasis on nonprofit management. In addition to her professional experiences, Shaun‐Teka is the author of Don’t Get Rejected: How to Get into the College of Your Dreams, a comprehensive education guide that helps students in grades 6‐12 their parents understand what it takes to become a competitive college applicant. Her dedication toward ensuring the success of youth is infused into everything she does. Shaun‐ Teka will continue to work to ensure that all students are given an equal opportunity to excel in college and beyond.

Dr. Carla Tarsitano

Carla Tarsitano completed her doctoral studies at Vanderbilt University in Leadership and Learning in Organizations. Her research focused on community-engaged scholarship through participatory action research, highlighting the use of asset-based and cultural wealth frameworks to build efficacy and cultivate relationships for civic planning. Such frameworks center on legitimatizing resident lived experiences and narratives to co-construct sensible, place-based solutions with local residents while deepening social bonds and attachments to place.

Carla is motivated by a passion for education – maximizing pedagogical and andragogical practices for shared learning across school, community, and industry environments. Fascinated by the way people tell their stories, she seeks to incorporate social and emotional experiences of youth and adults into curricula and business structures to develop meaningful pathways for success. This fascination has broadened her skills set across sectors of U.S. K-12, international/transnational education, higher education, and non-profit research.He is currently leading a team of data scientists at Moneris Canada where he is building sophisticated data science solutions at scale to solve some of the most complex problems. Alongside the full-time day job, Moez is very passionate about teaching data science and open-source community contribution that’s where he dedicates over 40% of his time. Moez has also created an open-source, low-code machine learning library (PyCaret) which is used by over half a million data scientists around the world including some major tech companies and research organizations. Moez was awarded, most-read writer two times in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in 2020. He was also nominated for Highly Influential Data Scientists in Canada and has an impressive following on social media.

Holly Gracey

While Holly’s background was initially in corporate legal research, for the last 35 years she has been involved in a variety of focusses. She owns and operates an Immigration Consulting firm headquartered in British Columbia, Canada. She is currently a subject matter expert and instructor for the CSIC and IGIS programs relating to Canadian Immigration Law, Global Immigration Specialist and now the Global Education Specialist program. Both in her own practice, as well as in her educational capacity, Holly has always provided and had a focus on corporate business structure and establishment – sometimes in the capacity of counselling my business clients, sometimes in more of an oversight role as a Board member, and in other instances in providing education relating to those that seek to establish businesses or expand an existing practice both in Canada as well as internationally relating to immigration, investment and education. Holly is excited to share what she has learned in her years of related experience. She has assisted International Education Agencies in expanding their practices into Canada. She also established branch offices of her own company (as well as that of her clients) internationally, assisted in establishing international educational institutes, as well as assisted international students in securing status to acquire their studies. Holly’s unique and diversified perspective would greatly enhance what she may be able to share with those that intend to become Global Education Specialist or those that wish to establish such agencies or expand an existing one. Holly has substantial hands-on experience in respect to organizational structuring and oversight in her various positions on Boards of Directors and associated standing committees. This has included organizations that were involved in Education, Regulation and Compensation, with specific focuses on finance, audit, bylaws, governance, education and standards, ethics, discipline and membership. As a subject matter expert and instructor for various programs relating to business development, Holly recognizes that each learner’s ultimate goal will be unique. Some are wishing to start a new practice; others are looking to expand an existing one. Yet others may be seeking to secure employment in the industry or perhaps retaining an existing position. Holly endeavours to make her courses as germane as possible to each individual student’s ultimate game plan by tailoring the instruction to meet their needs. She is excited to work with students and provide them with the guidance that they seek.

Dr. Candace McGovern

Dr. Candace McGovern has served as a lecturer, educator and consultant for some of the largest museums, schools and universities in Europe and America. Born in Southern California, she completed her undergraduate education in San Diego before moving to New York where she worked at Rockefeller Centre, Christie’s Auction House and the New York Historical Society. It was in New York where she also began working as an education consultant, primarily for students interested in attending competitive secondary schools and universities. After moving to London in 2012 she completed a Ph.D. and started her own consultancy company. Specializing in high-profile clientele, she loves the opportunities working as a consultant and educator has provided including working with clients in Switzerland, Italy, France and Germany along with companies such as Macmillian Publishing. She is also an active co-owner of the Charleston Club and volunteers for local non-profits. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling throughout Europe, finding the best vegan food, riding, snorkelling and skiing.

Nataliya Stephens

Nataliya has been in international education management in the private education sector since 2005. She has several areas of expertise including both the sales and marketing function, admissions and visa services within the UK, USA, Canada, EU immigration laws. For the last 15 years Nataliya has been instrumental in helping students to achieve their goals of studying abroad. With a proven track record of establishing and growing international business, knowledge of academic and legal compliance, Nataliya is equipped to understand the needs of the widest range of students, delivering a customer experience rooted in service, integrity and expertise. Nataliya’s student recruitment and legal expertise coupled with personal and professional skills led her to establish an educational agency, Global Directions Education Services. Prior to that, as an Admission Manager at Grafton College and Bristol Language Centre, leading sales and marketing while managing admissions and visa applications. A global citizen and humanitarian with an invaluable desire to strengthen and enrich the objectives of students and colleges, Nataliya is always striving to help others to achieve the best possible results. She is an inspiring motivator who believes in people, the power of education and the principles of equality.

Papa Kojo Botsio

Papa Kojo Botsio is an Education Consultant and DPhil (Ph.D.) candidate in Comparative and International Education at the University of Oxford. In 2016, he co-founded University Avenue, an Education Consultancy that provides University Application Counselling Services to students in Ghana and across Africa, and recently (2020) founded Access Education Global to provide global admissions and tutoring, advisory and partnerships services for educational development.

Who is IGS?


The Institute of Global Specialists (IGS) is a not-for-profit college located in St. John, New Brunswick (CAN). However, IGS students may complete their courses from anywhere in the world, provided they have access to a reliable internet connection.

How are the classes delivered?

 

Our programs are 100% online and are accessible by all mobile devices. Students will simply need access to a reliable internet connection to access their student account. Study materials are pre-recorded or readings, slides, so you get to schedule your own study time. As long as you are meeting the deadlines for your assignments, quizzes and discussions, you’re good to go. Final course exams are typically scheduled on the last weekend of the course.


Instructors are available via email for additional guidance regarding course materials, and IGS staff will assist with any technical questions. While some courses don’t have live classes, they are designed to accommodate live interactions in the form of virtual office hours, as needed.

When do the IGS programs start?

 

We have monthly start dates. In special circumstances, there might be an additional cohort with an earlier start date. Contact us for more details!

What are the entrance requirements? How do I apply?

 

A demonstrated ability in English and prior studies at a post-secondary level or relevant professional experience: submission of a resume. We may request further documentation.

 

To apply, click here.

  • Select your program of choice
  • Fill out the required information
  • Submit a copy of your resume
  • Pay the $175.00 (plus tax) Application Feenon-refundable

 

Once you have done this, a member of our admissions team will contact you within 24-48 hours to confirm your application has been received and discuss the next steps.

What is the Cost of the IGS programs? Is financial assistance available?

 

Each module for every program costs CAD$586+tax where applicable. Students can pay as they go (course-by-course). 

A non-refundable CAD$175 (plus tax) application fee is also required.

 

Financing options for 18, 24 or 30 months are also available. CAD$586+tax initial payment is required before the start of the first module.

How long are the IGS programs?

 

The IGS programs have 6, 7, 8 or 9 modules; and each module is 4-5 weeks long.

 

  • Foreign Service and International Development Specialist program (FSIDS): 6 modules (24 weeks)
  • Global Immigration Specialist program (GIS): 6 modules (26 weeks)
  • Global Supply Chain Specialist program (GPS): 7 modules (26 weeks)
  • Canada Border Service Specialist program (CBSS): 7 modules (29 weeks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Specialist Program (AIML): 7 modules (28 weeks)
  • Global Education Specialist program (GES): 8 modules (39 weeks)
  • Canadian Immigration Law Specialist program (CIL): 9 modules (42 weeks)

Is career support available?

 

IGS students can join our free career placement module. This module is designed to support IGS students to transition seamlessly to a job, and understand the numerous pathways to various career opportunities. From writing their resume, cover letters, to tips on how to best navigate the job application process and handling a job interview, students will gain practical skills to help them succeed in their post-program endeavours. The module also focuses on helping IGS students develop engagement strategies, and identify networks and job opportunities with the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

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