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Nine Reasons to Go to College in France

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: November 4, 2017

Did you know you don't have to speak French to go to college in France? There are 71 colleges in France that offer a total of 295 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs - entirely taught entirely in English.  Though France does not offer the most inexpensive tuition in Europe, there are still 109 programs that cost under $12k per year! ⠀ ⠀ Beyond the States helps students learn about the affordable English-taught bachelor’s and master's degree programs in Europe. Whether you’re still in high school contemplating your freshman year, an older person returning to college or if you’re considering getting a master’s…

No Limits

Relevance: 55%      Posted on: June 2, 2020

"I want to study in France." "I read College Beyond the States and found the school I'm going to apply to!" "I don't need the help of BTS, the internet has everything I need for free!" Watch the video to find out why I think all of these approaches are limiting when considering college in Europe. SUMMER MASTERCLASS? I've had a lot of emails inquiring about the next On Your Mark Masterclass. This is a live course I offer twice a year.  Students learn about the what they need to consider when looking for a university (many of these are specific…

Great Options for Studying Abroad

Relevance: 52%      Posted on: November 23, 2020

This will be our first Thanksgiving with Jenn in several years. Perhaps it was one too many years of dry turkey and runny mashed potatoes at my family’s place in downstate Illinois that soured her on the holiday… I think the real reason she’s spent the last 5 Thanksgivings visiting schools is because it’s such a great week to travel internationally. The international terminals of the airports are empty, since most US travelers are travelling domestically. International air fares are generally reasonable at this time, as well. It’s a better time than summer, since you can get a feel for…

2016 Year in Review

Relevance: 47%      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…

Why Not Ireland?

Relevance: 46%      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…

Q & A

Relevance: 44%      Posted on: December 11, 2015

You probably have a few questions about how earning your bachelor's degree overseas works. Here are answers to some common questions. I’m not fluent or proficient in any other language. Can I still get my degree in Europe? Yes! We have information on over 7,000 degree programs (master's and bachelor's combined) at more than 750 schools in non-anglophone European countries. These programs are conducted entirely in English. No foreign language is needed for admission and all of the classes and classwork will be in English. That said, you will be living in a country that isn’t English-speaking so you will…

Is College in Europe Safe?

Relevance: 39%      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…

The Challenges and Benefits Around Language Learning

Relevance: 32%      Posted on: December 1, 2020

As most of you know, we moved to Portugal in March of this year. I’m attempting to learn Portuguese right now and, man, is it hard!  Having never learned a conversational language (I took 4 years of Latin in high school), this is not coming naturally to me!  Though I’m far away from being able to speak (beyond pleasantries) or understand (people talk so fast!), my reading is improving a lot. I get really excited when I can read things in the grocery store, menus, or parts of emails.  I can’t wait until I can communicate somewhat effectively, if only…

Sam’s (Mostly) Low Stress Junior Year

Relevance: 32%      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…

Internships: One More Advantage of College in Europe

Relevance: 27%      Posted on: December 10, 2016

As many of you know, Beyond the States was formed in response to my concerns about the state of higher education in the US.  Of course, ever rising tuition and the high stress admissions process were my two greatest worries, but I was also troubled by the post-graduation prospects for many grads these days. For recent college graduates under the age of 25 has risen to 9%(compared with 5.5 percent in 2007) and nearly half of college graduates in their twenties are underemployed, meaning the jobs they can get don’t require a bachelor’s degree. I read these facts in There is…