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Denmark’s Friday Bars

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: February 28, 2016

Denmark was one of the first countries I researched for Beyond the States. One of the things that surprised me most was the concept of “Friday bars”.  Each Friday at noon, the academic departments or students themselves set up bars in a classroom or canteen in the building with beer and soft drinks.  Students within the department then have a time and place to socialize with other students as well as their professors.  There are two things that struck me about this.  One is how different the relationship is between students and professors than at most schools in the US. …

Learning about Denmark in Slovakia

Relevance: 85%      Posted on: March 11, 2019

There is only one type of tour you will find me on, and that is a food tour. I wasn't able to schedule a visit to learn about one of the very few English-taught programs in Slovakia, but we decided to take a day trip (less than one hour by train from Vienna). Since we just had one day, I scheduled a food tour to learn about the food and culture, while also seeing the city.  Ellie and I were the only people signed up for the tour that day.  Our guide, Simona, was in her mid twenties and received her…

Internationalization: Who Benefits?

Relevance: 47%      Posted on: October 20, 2020

One of the ongoing tasks at Beyond the States is responding to comments on our various social channels and ads. It’s always interesting to interact with people who have been moved enough by our messages to share a comment. We received this message on an ad that shows a map of Europe the other day: “Yeah, funded by European taxpayers...” This comment represents a misconception that I’d like to explore. Are international students somehow taking advantage of European taxpayers by going to college in Europe? Here are three primary reasons that international students are good for Europe and not taking…

Homeschooler’s Guide to College in Europe

Relevance: 37%      Posted on: October 15, 2016

The face of homeschool has changed a lot over the years.  Only 36% are doing so for religious/moral reasons and more and more families are homeschooling due to their dissatisfaction with the education system in this country.  We get a lot of interest from these families, who realize that college in Europe is a way to continue to opt out of the problems with the higher education system.We get a lot of inquiries about how being homeschooled factors into the admission process in Europe. While homeschooling is on the rise in Europe, there are some countries in which is it…

Sam’s (Mostly) Low Stress Junior Year

Relevance: 22%      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…


Relevance: 22%      Posted on: June 11, 2016

College in Europe 101 Jennifer covers all the bases about college in Europe in this presentation. Choosing the Right Program Jennifer discusses the factors that should weigh into your program choice. This information will pertain both to bachelor's and master's prospective students. Europe. Open Q&A followed the presentation. Master's Degree in Europe Overview Join Jennifer for an overview of available English-taught master's degrees in Europe. Interview with University College Groningen Admissions Counsellor On her most recent trip to the Netherlands, Jennifer met with Nynke-Boudien, Admissions Counsellor, to discuss a variety of areas of interest to potential attendees. College Options in Belgium and…

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

Relevance: 19%      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…

Firsthand: Student Life in Brussels

Relevance: 19%      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…

Why Not Ireland?

Relevance: 19%      Posted on: July 21, 2020

If I’m on Facebook and see an ad for shoes, for example, I might click and see if they offer blue shoes.  If they don’t, I will scroll on. It would never occur to me to demand in the comments that this company carry blue shoes or make accusations about their motives in not carrying blue shoes.  MAYBE, I would send them a private message saying “Hey-I really like blue shoes. Please let me know if you ever start carrying them.”, but it’s much more likely that I would just keep scrolling through my feed and carry on with my…