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Podcast: Create Your Own Rankings

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: September 12, 2016

How useful are college rankings actually? What do they measure? Do the factors that rankings measure map to the undergrad experience? Are there excellent schools that aren’t ranked? How can one determine whether a school would be a good fit if it is not ranked? Jenn talks with Miwa Kitmura, Head of External Relations from Vesalius College in Brussels to answer these questions and more in this episode of the Beyond the States podcast. They also talk about the areas students should investigate to determine school quality. https://beyondthestates.podbean.com/mf/web/abe35t/Beyond_the_Rankings__Determining_Col.mp3   Guest: Miwa Kitmura, Head of External Relations, Vesalius College, Brussels Resources…

Podcast: Transparent Admissions Requirements

Relevance: 59%      Posted on: August 27, 2016

Jenn begins by touching down on the problems with the US higher education admissions processes and the increase in the number of US schools with extremely low acceptance rates. Maarten Dikhoff, an administrator from Groningen University, explains how different the admissions process is when students apply to schools in the Netherlands and Europe. The transparent and objective admissions criteria present a refreshing change to those accustomed to the US systems. Spoiler alert-they don't care about your SAT scores or extracurricular activities! https://beyondthestates.podbean.com/mf/web/fjzhws/EP03_BTS.mp3   Resources US News College Acceptance Rates Race to Nowhere Vicky Abeles Vicky Abeles quote Groningen University website…

Podcast: Affordable Tuition

Relevance: 21%      Posted on: August 28, 2016

This episode of the Beyond the States podcast focuses on tuition cost. Jenn presents information on the astronomical tuition in the US and related problems. She then demonstrates how tuition for the English-taught bachelor’s and master’s degree options in Europe allow an international student to pay less for her entire degree program-including travel costs- than one year of tuition alone at many schools in the US. Peter Kumble, an American professor at Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic joins the discussion. They explore how it is possible for international student tuition to be so reasonably priced and…

Pre Master Overview

Relevance: 15%      Posted on: October 7, 2020

We often hear from students who earned their bachelor’s in one area of study but are now interested in a master’s degree in a different field. We also hear from people who are interested in changing careers. Another group we hear from want to pursue a master’s degree in Europe but don’t meet all the requirements of the program. Is it a lost cause for these groups of students? No, it’s not. There are options, such as a Pre Master, which is a series of courses designed to fill in the missing pieces on the transcript. It’s impossible to generalize…

College in Europe: The Escape Plan From The Madness of US Admissions Process

Relevance: 14%      Posted on: July 1, 2017

I just read that there are over now almost 40 schools in the US that charge more than $65,000 per year.  SIXTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS PER YEAR!  That is absolutely mind blowing to me. What is just as shocking to me is the cut throat admission process which is actively hurting our kids. A recent Psychology Today article notes that it is this aspect of the high school experience that is creating a mental health crisis on campus. I’ve talked recently about what I’ve learned about the crazy US admissions process. I’m not even living this and thinking about it stresses…

Education Quality in the US and Europe

Relevance: 14%      Posted on: August 20, 2016

As many of you know, I’ve been reading great books recently about some of the problems with higher education in the US.  You probably saw previous blogs about the problems regarding admissions and rising costs that we face.  But what if you have the money and are willing to play the admissions games?  Will the end result of your top US college choice be worth it?  According to my reading, the answer is no.  Let’s set aside the return of investment, as it relates to employability (we touched on that here).  Let’s talk about the quality of the learning experience that…

A Standout University to Study in Spain

Relevance: 14%      Posted on: February 12, 2020

A Standout University to Study in Spain I don’t get excited about every school I visit. There are some that are fine, but not especially impressive. Other visits lead to  a few concerns. There are some that would be great for a very specific group of students, but not the majority. While I share this information with Beyond the States members in various ways, I don’t write blogs about these schools. I was a little concerned about visit to review options to study in Spain.A few years ago, I went to Barcelona and it was incredibly difficult to get information…