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Podcast: Fostering Student Independence

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: January 21, 2018

  Title Fostering Student Independence   Episode Summary Parents are often concerned that students will struggle when faced with the new environment of college. In this episode, Jenn focuses on the importance of building independence in your student. She also talks about how she's building these skills in her own children. Resources Admissions podcast Atlantic Article: Let Your Kids Ride Public Transportation Alone Rotary Youth Exchange NSLI Languages Programs Projects Abroad CIEE Study Abroad Programs Where There Be Dragons

Sam’s Journey Truly Begins

Relevance: 54%      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…

Bucking the Status Quo

Relevance: 53%      Posted on: May 14, 2018

Now that we’ve been around for a few years, the word is getting out and we have a substantial group of members who will be attending universities in Europe this fall. This is so exciting to me. I’ve been thinking about the members who I have met through through consultations, best fit lists, member calls, and the member Facebook group and considering unifying qualities among them. Certainly, the cost savings elements of college in Europe appeals to all of us first, but it’s there's much more to it than that. I’m reading a great book right now, The Five-Year Party by Craig…

Do You Have What It Takes?

Relevance: 47%      Posted on: November 14, 2015

Over the past months, I’ve talked to many American students who have graduated from, or are currently enrolled, in bachelor’s programs in Europe. We’ve talked a lot about the traits that make a  successful student in Europe. Students across the spectrum pointed to a number of the same qualities needed to succeed. Though these qualities are all distinct, I believe the combination is a crucial component for success as an international student in Europe. 1. Curiosity and Openness This student is curious about the world, about knowledge, about other people’s experiences, opinions and points of view. She seeks out information about…

Affordable College in Estonia

Relevance: 43%      Posted on: October 9, 2017

Episode 6: Affordable College in Estonia Show Notes Description In this episode, Jenn interviews Crystal LaGrone about her experience attending the Master’s program in e-Governance Technologies at Tallinn University of Technology in Tallinn, Estonia. Crystal's tuition and living expenses were quite reasonable, especially since this program was exactly what she wanted to study. Resources Best fit list Estonia wiki page Is Estonia the Next Silicon Valley?  Firsthand: Estonia Tallinn University of Tech sample page House Hunters International episode on Estonia What is Cyber hygiene? E-government Documentary: The Singing Revolution NATO cyber security center in Tallinn Freedom Square

Viemont Family Plans

Relevance: 28%      Posted on: September 28, 2019

Ellie and I have been in Malaysia for the last four weeks and are finishing up our time in Bali.  It’s actually been a scouting trip since we (along with Tom) will be moving to Malaysia in the spring.  I’m often asked why we are moving and why Malaysia. The short answer is that Tom and I have always dreamed of living abroad. Ellie is 100% on board with this plan, but Sam wanted to finished high school in the US, so  we waited for him to get off to college and then sold our house this past spring and…

New Memberships Are Here!

Relevance: 26%      Posted on: August 28, 2016

We’ve spent a good amount of time thinking about the best way to serve our members. We realize that people have different needs ways of interacting with our content. We feel strongly about serving multiple groups within our community. We know some are self-starters or are just beginning their investigation. We also realize that once you decide to go to college in Europe, there are many things to work out. We've seen clients benefit from a "higher touch" level of service as they get closer to leaving. We’ve also used information gathered from how our current members are using our services,…

How Does the Travel Ban Affect Students?

Relevance: 19%      Posted on: July 8, 2020

I know there are a lot of questions about the travel ban and, because I want to be super careful not to provide inaccurate information, I can’t speak to many of the specifics. There are a few things I DO know for sure. First off, the ban does not apply to students.  Secondly, and related to the first point, is that the ban is based on country of residence as opposed to citizenship.  International students have student residence permits from a European country which exempts them from the ban.  We had a member fly back from the US to the…

Why I Started Beyond the States

Relevance: 16%      Posted on: October 25, 2015

Like many parents, I worry about my kids, Sam & Ellie.  Development milestones and “listening ears” (or the lack thereof) were common concerns for me when they were little.  As they got older, the concerns turned more towards academic and social growth. Struggles with Sam The early middle school years were particularly worrisome and stressful with my son, Sam. Trying to convince him to use his planner to help him remember his assigned homework was useless.  Getting him to organize the work he did do, so that he wouldn’t forget to turn it in, was a huge struggle.  There was…