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Experience Day at a College in Europe

Relevance: 100%      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…

Theo’s Cost Comparison

Relevance: 71%      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…

Sam’s (Mostly) Low Stress Junior Year

Relevance: 62%      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…

Firsthand Report from Theo in The Hague

Relevance: 61%      Posted on: October 7, 2016

We’ve told you about one of the students we worked with last year in our previous blogs.  Theo impressed me from the start and I have really enjoyed our interactions.  He is attending Leiden University College The Hague, the honors liberal arts program connected to Leiden University in the Netherlands.  I recently checked in with Theo to see how his transition has been going. University colleges in the Netherlands have a required residential component (1-3 years depending on the school).  As I’ve mentioned previously, student housing at Leiden University College is nicer than any apartment I had until I was in my 30's…

Sam’s Adjustment to Life in Rotterdam

Relevance: 54%      Posted on: October 27, 2020

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 de Santiago with friends before…

College Beyond the States Book Updates

Relevance: 50%      Posted on: May 14, 2019

I finished writing College Beyond the States: European Schools that Will Change Your Life Without Breaking the Bank in April 2018.  Since then, there have been some changes regarding schools in the book that I want to point out. Some are major admissions changes, while others are just things to keep on your radar if you are considering that particular school. One of the reasons why we use a database as our main source of information about the English-taught degree programs in Europe is because the information is constantly changing.  Not only are new programs updated in the different countries…

Sam’s Change of Plans

Relevance: 50%      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…

College in Europe: The Escape Plan From The Madness of US Admissions Process

Relevance: 47%      Posted on: July 1, 2017

I just read that there are over now almost 40 schools in the US that charge more than $65,000 per year.  SIXTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS PER YEAR!  That is absolutely mind blowing to me. What is just as shocking to me is the cut throat admission process which is actively hurting our kids. A recent Psychology Today article notes that it is this aspect of the high school experience that is creating a mental health crisis on campus. I’ve talked recently about what I’ve learned about the crazy US admissions process. I’m not even living this and thinking about it stresses…

Sam’s Journey Truly Begins

Relevance: 38%      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…

Student Update: Jared Thriving at KU Leuven

Relevance: 34%      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…