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Jared, Part 1

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: February 28, 2016

Jared lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He attends high school in the best public school district in the state at a school that is ranked in the top 200 schools nationally. Though he is smart and a good student (4 AP courses, strong SATs, a weighted GPA of 4.3), he has never really enjoyed school and was approaching the college application process in unenthusiastically. Jared loves to travel. He completed summer language courses in both Costa Rica and Barcelona and has also traveled with his family. When he heard about Beyond the States, he asked his dad if he…

Student Update: Jared Thriving at KU Leuven

Relevance: 89%      Posted on: November 26, 2016

We recently gave you an update on how Theo is doing at Leiden University College. Today I have an update on Jared (first blog, second blog) the student from Chapel Hill we worked with who is now attending KU Leuven in Brussels, Belgium. Jared’s family had a crazy summer before he left for school.  In addition to getting Jared ready for college in Europe, they were also in the process of relocating from Chapel Hill to Wilmington, NC.  Jared’s mom was starting a new job so Jared’s dad, Dave, went with Jared to settle him in.  Now I have to…

College in Europe Cost Comparison

Relevance: 64%      Posted on: June 12, 2016

I often encounter disbelief when I tell parents about the savings opportunities by sending their student to Europe for college. I think a lot of Americans think that Europe will be much more expensive because they associate Europe with expensive vacations, designer clothes, etc. The reality is different, though. To be sure, cities like London, Zurich, and Tokyo are among the world's most expensive, but they're right up there with New York, Washington DC, and San Francisco. I found an interesting list at Expatistan which shows the cost of living for different cities around the world. Did you know that…

Firsthand: Student Life in Brussels

Relevance: 59%      Posted on: March 4, 2017

As I mentioned in my last blog, Brussels is not my favorite city in Europe. Recently, I spent some time with Jared, and his friends, Sebastian (from Luxembourg) and Lisa (from Atlanta) to find out their opinions on student life in Brussels. They all appreciate the offerings of the urban atmosphere.  Of course, no car is needed and they are able to get anywhere they need to go on foot or by train.  Though Brussels is known as a somewhat ugly city, the Grand Place is truly beautiful.  In some cities, it is hard to find student residences in the…

Is College in Europe Safe?

Relevance: 34%      Posted on: August 13, 2016

I often get questions from parents about whether it is safe to send their kids to college in Europe.  Granted, this question usually comes from parents who probably won’t send their kids overseas anyway, but safety is certainly something that is on most of our minds these days.  My answer is always that I believe college students are just as safe in Europe as they are in the US, if not more so. First, let’s first look at what is happening on US college campuses today.  The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that every year about 1,825…

2016 Year in Review

Relevance: 32%      Posted on: December 27, 2016

As the year comes to a close, it's natural to look back at where we’ve come from. 2016 was Beyond the States' first full year and it was an amazing one. We launched our database in March.  Jennifer visited schools in Germany, France, and the Netherlands. She visited schools and presented to groups in Illinois, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. We sent out 39 newsletters and posted 32 entries on our blog. Right now, Over 1,300 people receive our weekly newsletter and we have over 1,100 Likes on Facebook. As a way to look back, here are the seven blog posts…

Podcast: Affordable Tuition

Relevance: 24%      Posted on: August 28, 2016

This episode of the Beyond the States podcast focuses on tuition cost. Jenn presents information on the astronomical tuition in the US and related problems. She then demonstrates how tuition for the English-taught bachelor’s and master’s degree options in Europe allow an international student to pay less for her entire degree program-including travel costs- than one year of tuition alone at many schools in the US. Peter Kumble, an American professor at Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic joins the discussion. They explore how it is possible for international student tuition to be so reasonably priced and…

Theo’s Cost Comparison

Relevance: 21%      Posted on: June 28, 2016

We've already written one cost comparison post showing how college in Europe with low tuition is much more affordable than a public university or a private university in the US. This caused us to ask another question: does it still make financial sense when the tuition is not the incredibly low €1000 per year that Jared will be paying? We think the answer is "Yes" for a number of reasons, but let's look at the numbers. Theo is a strong student from a good high school in Venice, California. His grades and 6 AP classes were more than enough to…

Your High School May Not Want You to Know About College in Europe

Relevance: 17%      Posted on: September 10, 2016

Two years ago, we had no idea that college in Europe was a possibility for our kids.  This knowledge has absolutely changed our lives (outside from the creation of Beyond the States).  I no longer worry about how we will pay for college; Sam, age 15, is able to limit the number of AP courses he takes and focus on areas of interest for him; and I’m really excited about the prospects.  One of the reasons we started Beyond the States was to let other parents and students know about these options. Even if you don’t end up going the European route, it’s…