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Podcast: Study Abroad and Erasmus

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: February 4, 2018

Beyond the States Podcast Show Notes Title Study Abroad & Erasmus Student Network  Episode Summary In this episode, Jenn talks about the prospect of studying abroad when you’re already an international student. She interviews João Pinto from the Erasmus Student Network. Interesting fact: students who study abroad are three times more likely to vote when they return home. Guest João Pinto, President of the International Board of Erasmus Student Network   Resources Study Abroad blogs from Beyond the States Erasmus Student Network Erasmus Impact Study Fun Quiz: What is Your Perfect Erasmus Destination?

Great Options for Studying Abroad

Relevance: 57%      Posted on: November 23, 2020

This will be our first Thanksgiving with Jenn in several years. Perhaps it was one too many years of dry turkey and runny mashed potatoes at my family’s place in downstate Illinois that soured her on the holiday… I think the real reason she’s spent the last 5 Thanksgivings visiting schools is because it’s such a great week to travel internationally. The international terminals of the airports are empty, since most US travelers are travelling domestically. International air fares are generally reasonable at this time, as well. It’s a better time than summer, since you can get a feel for…

Student Ambassador – Adam

Relevance: 55%      Posted on: February 16, 2021

We have started a Student Ambassador program this year in which Beyond the States members, who are currently studying in Europe, will share their experiences with us through blogs, vlogs, roundtable discussions, the student facebook group, and more!  This week we hear from Adam, a third year student at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Changes to College in Germany

Relevance: 38%      Posted on: February 11, 2019

As some of you may know, Germany has changed their admission requirements, and it’s now much more difficult for American students to apply.  Until this year, in order to be eligible to apply for college in Germany, American students needed either an IB diploma or a regular high school diploma with: a 3.0 GPA, a number of specified courses and a minimum of either 1,360 on the SAT or 28 on the ACT. For students not meeting these requirements, a number of college credits were required. Well, all that has changed. Germany is no longer accepting SAT or ACT scores. …

European Study Abroad: How to Study in More than One Country without Going Broke

Relevance: 35%      Posted on: April 14, 2017

In our previous blog, we talked about the importance of global citizenship and the role international exposure plays in that development.  We discussed the financial challenges the US study abroad programs present as well as the fact that some of these programs even limit integration with non-US students. Less than 10% of US college students study abroad. In contrast, study abroad is an integral part of being a full-time student in Europe.  The EU sees study abroad as aligned with their policy agendas for growth, jobs, equality,  and social inclusion.  Further, the EU has set a goal that all citizens should have…

Our Team

Relevance: 29%      Posted on: August 13, 2016

Jennifer Viemont, Founder Jenn founded Beyond the States in 2015 due to frustrations encountered when exploring European higher education options for her own teens. Jenn now lives in Lisbon, Portugal, with her husband and daughter. Her son is attending Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Netherlands.     Thomas Viemont, Co-Founder Tom grew up in Pontiac, Illinois, a small town in the Midwest. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1990 with a degree in Speech Communications and has worked in sales and management positions in technology companies since graduating. When he’s not working, he likes to listen to music…

Terms to Know

Relevance: 28%      Posted on: October 30, 2015

When I started to document the colleges in Europe with English-taught degree programs, I realized that there were many terms and concepts I needed to understand before I could delve in too deeply. Though it’s not especially exciting information, exploring possibilities for studying in Europe can be overwhelming without knowledge on these topics. Below is some of the information you need to know before you start this journey. Bologna Process Codifies Studying in Europe Things have changed a lot in European higher education in the past couple of decades. In 1999, the Bologna declaration was signed by Education Ministers from…

Top Three Reasons Students Are Going to Europe for Graduate School

Relevance: 28%      Posted on: July 13, 2019

Did you know that there are thousands of graduate school programs in Europe that cost a lot less than US grad school tuition? In 2015, I stumbled on the existence of English-taught full degree programs held at European universities. My kids were teenagers and I had a number of concerns about higher education in the US-from ever increasing cost to opaque admissions process to varying quality- so I decided to explore whether to keep this possibility on our radar. Prior to this, I assumed that an international student would have to know a foreign language to study in Europe. I…

Three Reasons Students Are Going To Europe For Graduate School

Relevance: 28%      Posted on: August 24, 2018

In 2015, I stumbled on the existence of English-taught full degree programs held at European universities. My kids were teenagers and I had a number of concerns about higher education in the US-from ever increasing cost to opaque admissions process to varying quality- so I decided to explore whether to keep this possibility on our radar. Prior to this, I assumed that an international student would have to know a foreign language to study in Europe. I certainly had no idea that, in non-Anglophone countries in Europe, there are over 700 accredited universities offering almost 8,000 full bachelor’s and master’s degree…

Wrapping My Head Around Problem Based Learning

Relevance: 27%      Posted on: November 10, 2020

I’ve received several emails since my last blog asking about Sam’s program at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Just like the full university name (I’ve been told that Erasmus University is not accurate, without the Rotterdam at the end…), the program name is also a mouthful. Sam is in the Management of International Social Challenges program.  Students in this program learn about international problems that are multidisciplinary in nature. These include issues like “migration, pandemics, terrorism, climate change, economic stability, international crime”, and more. Students learn to look at and analyze these issues through the lens of a variety of disciplines, including…