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ACA Papers: English-Taught Programmes in European Higher Education. The picture in 2014

Bernd Wächter, Friedhelm Maiworm. Bonn: Lemmens 2014. ISBN 978-3-86856-017-6

This is the third study on English-medium instruction of the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA). Like its predecessors, this report maps the provision of English-taught Bachelor and Master programmes in non-English-speaking European countries. Using the results of its predecessor publications as historical references, the present study is able to trace the quantitative – and, to an extent, qualitative – development of English-medium instruction over a 12-year period.

The number of English-taught Bachelor and Master programmes has risen by almost 1,000% in the period since 2002.  Growth in student enrolment in these programmes has been far more moderate, however. Furthermore, there remain huge differences between individual countries, especially in the form of a North-South divide. As in our earlier reports, the Nordic countries and the Netherlands are the leading providers. The runners-up are the Baltic States. Southern European countries are still largely ‘abstentious’. The bulk of the provision of English-medium instruction is concentrated in programmes at the Master level.