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Germany Update

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: November 17, 2020

I love it when I learn something new about universities in Europe from a member!  I was on our live member Q&A call on Sunday when a member asked about something she saw on the Germany higher education site (daad site) about APs.  Germany did not consider APs as recently as just a few months ago, so I told her that I would look into it and get back to her. I have very exciting news to report about this! First, though, let me give you a little bit of backstory.  Students often come to me asking about Germany. Some…

Navigating College in Europe with Ellie

Relevance: 65%      Posted on: August 26, 2020

It’s hard to believe summer is ending, mostly because I don’t really remember it starting…From March until now seems like it’s been one long season called Covid. It’s been a pretty good summer, all things considered. As I mentioned before, Sam hiked the Camino de Santiago with friends, spent some time with us here in Portugal, and then returned to the Netherlands to move from the Hague to Rotterdam. I was concerned that he would check out academically after deciding to change schools in the spring, but he ended the second semester with really strong grades in all his classes.…

Why You Shouldn’t Be Worried About Knowing Your Area of Study

Relevance: 60%      Posted on: October 13, 2020

One of the biggest differences in applying to universities in Europe is that you are applying to a specific program, as opposed to applying to just the overall university. This is basically like declaring your major ahead of time and since there generally aren’t any university-wide core requirements, switching majors/programs often means starting over. Don’t stop reading this based on that fact! This doesn’t mean that you are stuck studying only one thing. This doesn’t mean that you must know exactly what you want to study. And this doesn’t mean you have to know what you want your career path…

College Beyond the States Book Updates

Relevance: 56%      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…

Changes to College in Germany

Relevance: 52%      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. …

“How Can I Transfer to a University in Europe?”

Relevance: 49%      Posted on: September 9, 2020

I’ve been getting a lot of emails from college students in the US these days. Whether it’s due to the political climate in the US, frustration with how their universities (or fellow students) handled the pandemic, or seeing ROI issues around US higher education first hand, these students are seeking alternatives. Some have a year or more of college credits and others are working on their associate’s degree. The question I’m getting from these students is “How do I transfer to a university in Europe?” I wish I had a concise answer, but it takes a bit of explaining and…

GI Bill: Can It Be Used for College in Europe?

Relevance: 47%      Posted on: July 17, 2019

Josh is a former US Marine from Florida who now studies International Relations at the University of Warsaw in Poland.  His first international exposure came during his years of overseas duty. His posting to the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group  really increased his interest in higher education and stoked a desire for continued international experiences.  He also met his now-wife while serving at the US Embassy in Warsaw.  Josh’s studies are financed through the GI Bill which, until recently, I didn’t realize could be used to fund college in Europe (more info here)! Why Are Veterans So Well Suited for College or Grad School in Europe?…

Podcast: 529 Plans and the Ins & Outs of Financial Aid

Relevance: 45%      Posted on: May 9, 2018

Show Notes Title: 529 Plans and the Ins and Outs of US Federal Student Loans for College in Europe Description Jenn talks with Mark Kantrowitz, a leading expert on financing a student’s college education.  Mark is currently Publisher of PrivateStudentLoans.guru, a web site that provides students with smart borrowing tips about private student loans. Mark has served previously as publisher of the Cappex.com, Edvisors, Fastweb and FinAid web sites. He has previously been employed at Just Research, the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Bitstream Inc. and the Planning Research Corporation. Mark is President of Cerebly, Inc. (formerly MK Consulting, Inc.), a…

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

Relevance: 42%      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…