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Sam’s (Mostly) Low Stress Junior Year

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: June 5, 2018

Ahh…..the end of the school year.  Sam is completing his junior year of high school and Ellie is finishing 8th grade. It’s hard to believe that it was this time three years ago that I learned about the possibilities for college in Europe.  Man, I can only imagine how different the last three years of our lives would have been (as well as the next four) if we didn’t know about these alternatives. Many of you know that I believe that the benefits provided by the transparent admissions processes in Europe have as much of an impact on our lives…

Sam’s Journey Truly Begins

Relevance: 99%      Posted on: May 25, 2019

I don’t know about you, but when I went to college, we tied all sorts of stuff to the roof of our car and my parents helped me move in to the dorms. My Facebook feed has been filled with friends doing the same over the past week or so. This is not really the custom in Europe though. As most readers know, our son, Sam, is attending Leiden University in The Hague, The Netherlands, studying International Relations. Here's a link to a podcast where Sam talks about his visit to Leiden for Experience Day. I dropped Sam off at…

To Stay Out of the Rat Race, You May Have to Insist!

Relevance: 97%      Posted on: June 4, 2018

As I’ve mentioned before, I founded Beyond the States after exploring the possibilities for my own kids. This was three years ago and they will now be entering 9th and 12th grade this fall.  High school has been an incredibly different experience than it would have been, if we didn’t know about college in Europe.  If you are new to our the journey, be sure to check out the blogs on the admissions process because Europe's transparent admission criteria make as much of an impact as the savings in tuition! My son, Sam, had a few concrete opportunities to opt…

Why Study in the Netherlands? Sam’s Adjustment to Life in Rotterdam

Relevance: 94%      Posted on: October 27, 2020

Why study in The Netherlands? It’s hard to believe that Sam is already midway through his first semester at Erasmus University Rotterdam! As any of you know, he started the summer off by breaking his wrist and had to have surgery. We kept nagging the hospital and insurance company for our part of the bill, which I think they found confusing. When we finally received it, we discovered that his student health insurance covered 100% of the charges. What a great surprise! Sam spent some of the summer here in Portugal with us, and part of it hiking the Camino…

Sam’s Change of Plans

Relevance: 81%      Posted on: May 4, 2020

We are really starting to turn a corner here in much of Europe.  Curves are flattening, restrictions are gradually and methodically being lifted, and we’re even starting to think about late summer travel possibilities.  Ellie’s volunteer trip to Thailand was cancelled (of course) so we’re thinking of starting some of our college trips right before high school starts for her. I loved Finland even in the winter so I imagine it will be amazing in late August/early September.  Word on the street (ok, in the different higher education facebook groups…) is that universities will be starting back this fall. Which…

Experience Day at a College in Europe

Relevance: 81%      Posted on: December 5, 2016

Show Notes Title: Experience Day at a College in Europe Description: How does a student decide on which program is best for him? What is that selection process like? This episode’s guest is Sam Viemont, son of Jennifer and Tom Viemont. The episode covers Jenn & Sam’s recent trip to the Netherlands to visit Leiden University for the school’s Experience Day. Guest: Sam Viemont Download this episode (right click and save) Notes: Leiden University International Studies Program SciencesPo Middle East Study Program Binding Study Advice Admissions Process Podcast Leiden University Student Housing B2 Language Proficiency Practicing International Studies Six Dutch…

Adam Housing

Relevance: 68%      Posted on: July 27, 2021

Adam submitted this video for us a few months ago and I immediately sent it to Sam in order to light a fire under his housing search-and it worked!  I've enjoyed getting to know Adam through our student ambassador program and recently interviewed him for our upcoming podcast relaunch.  He had really interesting experiences to share around playing baseball in the Netherlands, his academic experiences, and his upcoming semester abroad in South Korea!

Proost (cheers) to student life in Europe!

Relevance: 64%      Posted on: August 29, 2019

Most of us are familiar with what goes on the first few weeks at American universities, but who has any idea what happens at European universities? Sam has been in The Hague for almost two weeks now and though I knew-on paper-what his schedule would be, I didn’t fully understand what this would look like. As I had mentioned previously, Sam flew to Amsterdam by himself and was met at the airport by the welcome team. This is an optional free service in which current students greet new international students at the airport, guide them to the train, help them…


Relevance: 57%      Posted on: July 19, 2021

I recently let Sam go from his job with Beyond the States.  Since Covid limited job opportunities, I had given him a job helping Stefan with our database updates. Though Sam had developed a great work ethic working at a grocery store throughout high school, this didn’t transfer over to working for his mom and there were a series of problems (usually involving me having to call to wake him up to work which really got me riled up….). I gave him many more chances than I should have and after continued issues, I decided enough was enough. So why…

Four Tips to Navigate European College Admissions

Relevance: 57%      Posted on: March 31, 2017

My 16-year-old son, Sam, recently came home from school and said he needed my assistance choosing his courses for next year. I was intrigued, given that most of my advice is unsolicited and met with resistance, and also because he wanted to talk before he even made his giant bowl of ramen or cereal for his after school snack. It seems that the counselor spoke to his class about the college admissions process and course registration for next year and Sam had fallen victim to some of the fear mongering.  He began asking me if he should take certain classes…