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     Posted on: December 19, 2020

Creating New Traditions

     Posted on: December 15, 2020

For my entire life, even when I lived in an apartment as a college student, I’ve had a real Christmas tree. After Tom and I got married and had kids, there were a number of traditions involved around choosing and setting up the tree every year. We lived in North Carolina for sixteen years before moving to Portugal this year.  There were beautiful Fraser fir that we bought each year from Mr. Johnny, a fixture in the community. Some years, he would throw the tree in the back of his truck and bring it to our house (which was easier…

Great Options for Studying Abroad

     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…

Germany Update

     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…

Wrapping My Head Around Problem Based Learning

     Posted on: November 10, 2020

I’ve received several emails since my last blog asking about Sam’s program at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Just like the full university name (I’ve been told that Erasmus University is not accurate, without the Rotterdam at the end…), the program name is also a mouthful. Sam is in the Management of International Social Challenges program.  Students in this program learn about international problems that are multidisciplinary in nature. These include issues like “migration, pandemics, terrorism, climate change, economic stability, international crime”, and more. Students learn to look at and analyze these issues through the lens of a variety of disciplines, including…

Beyond the States Database Login Page

     Posted on: November 8, 2020

Members can access the Beyond the States database from the member resources section at: members.beyondthestates.com

Studying in Europe: Still a Great Idea

     Posted on: November 2, 2020

When we post this blog, we don’t expect to know the winner of the US presidential election. It’s a time of uncertainty around so many issues in the world. Regardless of who is in the Oval Office in January, though, studying in Europe is still an idea worth exploring. We truly hope to see changes around the cost of American higher education. However, even if we have a president who is proposing real reforms, the process does not move quickly.  Changes will take some time to be approved and then implemented, if it even gets that far. Until then college…

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…

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

     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…