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Architecture Masters: What Are the Options in Europe?

     Posted on: October 14, 2020

I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts today, 99% Invisible, and when I realized we've never really focused on one of my favorite subjects, architecture. If you're interested in learning about the options for architecture masters in Europe you're in the right place. The podcast episode talked about kidney shaped swimming pools, the birth of skateboarding, and concluded with an interesting connection with education in Europe that I won't spoil. I'll also plug another favorite episode from  99% Invisible on La Sagrada Família in Barcelona.  The story of this building combines intrigue, adventure, the Spanish Civil War, and…

Architecture Masters: What Are the Options in Europe?

     Posted on: September 15, 2020

I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts recently, 99% Invisible, and then I realized we've never really focused on one of my favorite subjects, architecture. If you're interested in learning about the options for architecture masters degrees in Europe, you're in the right place! The podcast episode talked about kidney shaped swimming pools, the birth of skateboarding, and concluded with an interesting connection with education in Europe that I won't spoil. I'll also plug another favorite episode from  99% Invisible on La Sagrada Família in Barcelona.  The story of this building combines intrigue, adventure, the Spanish Civil War,…

Life in a Level 3 Country

     Posted on: March 17, 2020

We have a number of emails  about college in Europe that are automatically sent after people sign up for our newsletter. I woke up on Thursday to news of the travel ban and also an email from an email recipient who was offended to have received it in light of everything going on. I had been avoiding writing about the Corona-virus. Your inbox, like mine, is probably full of emails with opinions from different people. I believe that we all have our own circumstances and variables that lead us to respond in various ways. One is not necessarily better than…

Sam’s (Mostly) Low Stress Junior Year

     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

     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…

Podcast: Transparent Admissions Requirements

     Posted on: August 27, 2016

Jenn begins by touching down on the problems with the US higher education admissions processes and the increase in the number of US schools with extremely low acceptance rates. Maarten Dikhoff, an administrator from Groningen University, explains how different the admissions process is when students apply to schools in the Netherlands and Europe. The transparent and objective admissions criteria present a refreshing change to those accustomed to the US systems. Spoiler alert-they don't care about your SAT scores or extracurricular activities! https://beyondthestates.podbean.com/mf/web/fjzhws/EP03_BTS.mp3   Resources US News College Acceptance Rates Race to Nowhere Vicky Abeles Vicky Abeles quote Groningen University website…

What’s Your Threshold?

     Posted on: August 4, 2016

Though I would say that both Tom and I are comfortable with uncertainty, I admit that he is more likely to explore and embrace new or unconventional ideas long before they hit the mainstream. I can't tell you how many times I've teased him for some seemingly kooky health idea he started incorporating into his routine.  From using coconut oil for just about everything to eating fermented foods for gut health.  Sure enough, soon after I would read about the same thing in the New York Times or see a book review about the microbiome.  Before I knew it, many of…