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Livermore Valley Charter Preparatory loses accreditation

Livermore Valley Charter Preparatory liste over brudd på regler er imponerende. De hadde ca 90 utvekslingselever, som de etter juni 2017 ikke lenger får beholde. De har mistet bevilling fra både SEVIS og tillatelse til å fornye sin charter (august 2016).

Er man elev der nå, er jeg ikke sikker på hvilken verdi et avgangsbevis har.

Foreign student exchange

In 2005, Tri-Valley Learning Corporation (TVLC) in California established  charter schools ranging from elementary school to high school. The high school is Livermore Valley Charter Preparatory (LVCP). About 90 foreign exchange students attend the school. Investigations into irregularities (see below) started February 2016. As a result of these investigations, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) withdrew LVCP’s accreditation*. The school district denied LVCP’s petition of charter renewal December 2016. LVCP is no longer listed as having SEVIS F-1 certification. The school has said that they will stop their student exchange program from July 2017.

3rd February 2016 Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) sent the Governing Board of the TVLC a Notice of Violation (NOV). Among other things, the NOV concerns the below violations with regards to LVCP’s exchange students.**  Media got hold of the information and several in-depth articles about this issue can be found on the…

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Korero AS

Korero AS was established by Sarah J. Lyons in 2015. Korero is a  small, specialized student exchange firm.

My Education / Rejsespecialisten / NKF Holding

NKF Holding ApS (2010)

100% owner of the below firms:


History:

Rejsespecialisten ApS was established in 1996 and has had several names. Rejsespecialisten is registered as a travel agency and is used by MyEducation and EuroStudy International firms as their travel agency. Rejsespecialisten ApS is a subsidiary of NKF Holding ApS.

  • CVRP-nr: 1003660864 and CVR-nr: 19043231

MyEducation DK is owned by Rejsespecialisten. MyEducation DK is not registered as a separate entity in the Danish registries.

NKF Holding ApS was established in 2010 by Niels Køhler Frandsen as a holding company for his travel-related companies. NKF Holding is located in København, Denmark.

  • CVR-nr: 33035195

MyEducation – Norge AS was established in Norway in 2012 by NKF Holding ApS. Its temporary name was Inceptum 634 AS. NKF has registered as «other education not mentioned elsewhere«.

  • Org.no: 998 516 234

My Education (UK) Ltd was established in Hampshire, England by in 2013. Niels Køhler Frandsen owns, directly or indirectly, at least 75% of the shares.

  • Company number: 08603393

In 2015 EuroStudy International Aps, another Danish student exchange firm, was purchased by Rejsespecialisten. According to proff.dk, EuroStudy was established in 1995 by Karin Busk Demuth. EuroStudy is now wholly owned by Rejsespecialisten.


Reviews:

Trustpilot: MyEducation dk / EuroStudy Aps

2015 mai 25: USA elever – EF sender ut innkreving av valutapåslag inntil kr 18.500,-

I slutten av mai mottok USA elevene en faktura fra EF datert 25. mai. Denne hadde i tillegg til det forventede kravet et beløp stort kr. 16.406,00 som skulle innbetales samtidig med kr. 43.340. Årsaken til dette tillegget var, ifølge EF:

… Prisene for utvekslingsprogrammet 2015/16 baserer foseg på valuta fra når brosjyren ble printet, den 18. februar 2014. Dette er en tydelig feilprint siden Allmenne Bestemmelser viser til en valutadato 1 år etter programmets priser er fastsatt.

I Allmenne Bestemmelser forbeholder EF seg retten til å forandre disse allmenne bestemmelsene gjennom året. Det tas også forbehold om skrivefeil. Dette er punkter du opplyser om og på spørsmål om dette holder juridisk så har vi fått avklarert dette. …

EF ga sin begrunnelse for økningen og tilbød foreldrene betalingsavtale, bytting til SB/IR eller kansellering om man mente dette ikke dugde.

Naturlig nok klaget flere foreldre skriftlig til EF og begrunnet klagene sine med:

  1. Kort beslutningsfrist.
  2. Kontraktens ordlyd «Alle programpriser er basert på transportkostnader, flyavgifter (inkl. skatter og avgifter) og valutakurser per 31.januar 2015«.

Ole Kristian Nyhus ga svar på klagene på en lite tilfredsstillende måte. Kjøperne ble da nødt til å ta for seg EFs lettvinte svar.

  • Foreldrene burde ha forstått selv at datoen som stod oppført i kontrakten var feil siden den var etter tidspunktet for kontraktsunderskrivelse.
    • Det er urimelig å forvente at datoen for en eventuell valutaendring skulle være en annen en den som stod i kontrakten når vanlig praksis er at man inngår kontrakter frem i tid basert på en antatt valutakurs.  Den 31. januar 2015 er en rimelig dato når kontrakten er inngått høsten 2014.
      • Avtalelovens §89 første ledd: (1) En parts utsagn eller handlemåte tolkes i samsvar med hans mening når den annen part forsto eller måtte forstå hva meningen var. Ellers legger en til grunn den forståelse som en fornuftig person i samme stilling som den annen part rimeligvis ville ha hatt under tilsvarende forhold.

    • Man har hatt betalingsfrist på ulike beløp før og etter 31. januar 2015.
    • I tillegg er det slik at kronen har styrket seg etter 31.01.2015.
  • Kontraktens punkt «Vilkår» tar forbehold om skrivefeil.
    • Datoer er særdeles viktige elementer av en kontrakt. Minimumskravet burde være at man hadde gode kontrollrutiner på noe som kan påvirke framtidige innbetalinger. Kunden burde rimeligvis kunne forvente at en såpass stor bedrift som EF hadde gode rutiner og visste hvordan hvilke punkter man skulle være nøye med å dobbeltsjekke.
    • I dette tilfellet medførte endringen fra EFs side en økning på 18% i kundens disfavør.
  • EF hadde sett at dato for valutakursen var feil men kunne ikke opplyse om når de hadde oppdaget feilen.
    • Kunden burde kunne forvente at EF informerer kunden om såpass viktige feil umiddelbart. I stedet sendes informasjon såpass sent at man kan spørre seg om dette er med hensikt for at kunden skal føle seg presset av omstendighetene til å betale.
  • Sammen med fakturaen fulgte det et skriv som informerte om at «våre katalogpriser baserer seg på valutakursen pr. 18.02.2014». Denne datoen samsvarte ikke med datoen for kontraktsinngåelse.

EFs svar kan beskrives slik: BETAL ELLER TREKK DERE. Ikke hør på CSFES for vi regner dem som useriøse.

Aspect Foundation / Aspect Education / Kaplan U.K.

Kopiert fra min blogg «Foreign Student Exchange»

Kaplan, Inc.

  • Kaplan UK Ltd.
    • Aspect Education Limited
      • Aspect Foundation, Inc
        • Aspect Cultural Exchange merged with AF

History:

1985: Aspect Foundation, Incorporated California, co.no: C1265653, (non-profit), president Vivian Fearen

1998: Subsidiary of Sylvan Learning Systems:
(vi) To the knowledge of the Company, any of the Subsidiaries, or the Stockholders, after reasonable inquiry, each non-profit organization with which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries has entered into an Exchange Contract, including Aspect Foundation, Inc. and International Education Forum (“IEF”), …

2000: Sylvan Learning Systems Inc. sells Aspect Foundation, Inc. to Optagon Holdings Ltd. (name changed to: Aspect Educational Holdings Limited – Aspect Education Limited = Kaplan).
(viii) Aspect Foundation Inc. Such trustees and officers of Aspect Foundation, Inc. as are designated by Buyer to Sellers shall have tendered, effective at the Closing, their resignations as such trustees and officers, and individuals designated by Buyer shall be appointed to replace such trustees and officers.

2000: Aspect Cultural Exchange merged in with Aspect Foundation.

2006: Aspect Education Limited operates as a subsidiary of Kaplan U.K. Limited.

2009: Aspect Foundation (DBA Aspect Foundation), Incorporated Washington, co.no: 601403559, (non-profit), president Vivian Fearen

http://aspectfoundation.org/Registrant: Aspect Education UK Ltd /  211 Sutter St / 10th Floor / San Francisco, CA 94108 / Tel: (415) 228 8050 / Fax: (415) 228 8051 / email@aspectworld.com

aspectworld.com takes you immediately to http://www.kaplaninternational.com/ Registrant: Kaplan Inc. / 395 Hudson Street / New York, NY 10014 / Tel: (212) 492 5800 / Fax: (646) 365 3216 /  email@kaplan.com

2012 October: Closure of EF High School Exchange Programs in Australia and New Zealand

As soon as I know more about what this is about I will post the information.

Posted by on 5 October 2012 | 0 Comments

The sudden closure of EF High School Exchange programs in Australia and New Zealand has come as a shock to many in the industry and left dozens of EF applicants and their parents anxious and uncertain about their planned exchange. Student Exchange Australia New Zealand Ltd has responded to the current crisis by:

  • Committing to do everything possible to place EF applicants in their country of choice for their preferred departure
  • Working with our overseas partners to ensure sufficient places are available for EF applicants
  • Making the application and selection process for EF applicants as smooth as possible recognising the current predicament is not of their making

If you are affected by the closure of EF in Australia or New Zealand and are looking to get your exchange back on track please call us now (Australia 1300 135 331 or New Zealand 0800 440 079) to talk with one of our staff or email Nicky Butler, Deputy National Director: nbutler@studentexchange.org.au

We will do everything we can to assist your application at this difficult time.

Nick Lorentzen
National Director

EF will no longer offer

Forte (Group) International, Inc. / Forte International Exchange Association / Astar Education Institute

This is all the company information I have been able to dig up on Forte International Exchange Association and its parent/sister groups.

Foreign student exchange

You will see from the below that the while the various firms might be registered as separate firms they share a lot of details. I hope I have managed to keep the information straight. The head of Forte Mubiao Chen / Yaping Zhang is originally from Nanchang

Forte International Inc. (reg.no: 930278) was incorporated in District of Columbia by Yaping Zhang in 1993. They advertise themselves as a Washington D.C. based consulting firm that arranges business trips for private and public sectors in China and the US. FI used to be authorized carriers. This is no longer the case.

National Press Building
529 14TH ST NW # 270
Washington, District of Columbia 20004
Telephone: (202) 628 8180 / (202) 833-4167 / Fax: (202) 296-8685
Mr Ping Zhang

7115 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, Virginia 22043
Telephone: 703-237-1688 (Shared with Forte International Exchange Association)
Website: http://www.forteusa.org / http://www.forteintl.com

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