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Podcast: College in Europe: What You Need to Know

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: September 24, 2016

Episode 5: College in Europe: What You Need to Know Show Notes Description In this podcast, Jenn covers the basic concepts about going to college in Europe. She explains the different types of higher education institutions in Europe, the types of degree programs, along with housing and student life. https://beyondthestates.podbean.com/mf/web/zjen75/College_in_Europe_What_You_Need_to_K.mp3 Resources CNN Money article: Americans are Moving to Europe for Free College Degrees What is the difference between a school, college and university in the USA? Terms to Know About Studying in Europe Frequently Asked Questions About College in Europe Do You Have What It Takes? Escape the Madness of…

Cancelling Recurring Memberships and Refund Policy

Relevance: 78%      Posted on: May 13, 2017

When you purchase a membership from Beyond the States, the subscription will renew unless canceled by the customer 7 days in advance of the monthly billing. If you cancel less than 7 days in advance, you will be billed for the coming month before the cancellation takes effect. Cancelling your membership is an easy process: Log in to our portal at: members.beyondthestates.com Click 'My Account' (If you don't see this option, click the three horizontal lines in the upper left corner) From 'My Account', click 'Click Here to Cancel Subscription' From there, simply follow the steps on the screen. Please…

Terms to Know

Relevance: 68%      Posted on: October 30, 2015

When I started to document the colleges in Europe with English-taught degree programs, I realized that there were many terms and concepts I needed to understand before I could delve in too deeply. Though it’s not especially exciting information, exploring possibilities for studying in Europe can be overwhelming without knowledge on these topics. Below is some of the information you need to know before you start this journey. Bologna Process Codifies Studying in Europe Things have changed a lot in European higher education in the past couple of decades. In 1999, the Bologna declaration was signed by Education Ministers from…

Podcast: Transparent Admissions Requirements

Relevance: 50%      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…

Q & A

Relevance: 46%      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…

Wrapping My Head Around Problem Based Learning

Relevance: 42%      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…

Four Tips to Navigate European College Admissions

Relevance: 37%      Posted on: March 31, 2017

My 16-year-old son, Sam, recently came home from school and said he needed my assistance choosing his courses for next year. I was intrigued, given that most of my advice is unsolicited and met with resistance, and also because he wanted to talk before he even made his giant bowl of ramen or cereal for his after school snack. It seems that the counselor spoke to his class about the college admissions process and course registration for next year and Sam had fallen victim to some of the fear mongering.  He began asking me if he should take certain classes…

Jared, Part 1

Relevance: 36%      Posted on: February 28, 2016

Jared lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He attends high school in the best public school district in the state at a school that is ranked in the top 200 schools nationally. Though he is smart and a good student (4 AP courses, strong SATs, a weighted GPA of 4.3), he has never really enjoyed school and was approaching the college application process in unenthusiastically. Jared loves to travel. He completed summer language courses in both Costa Rica and Barcelona and has also traveled with his family. When he heard about Beyond the States, he asked his dad if he…

Deep Dive into Academic Life in Europe

Relevance: 32%      Posted on: November 5, 2019

I have so much to report from my week in The Netherlands-it’s hard to know where to start!  In addition to information about two schools that blew my socks off, I also want to give you some concrete examples of academic and student life.  I’ll be sending emails with all of this information in the coming weeks, but let’s start with academic life. I talk conceptually about the differences between academic life in the US and in Europe quite a bit.  It can be difficult to wrap our brains around though. I thought it might be helpful to tell you…

Reason for Hope in a Time of Change

Relevance: 27%      Posted on: November 14, 2016

Last week was a rough one for a number of us. Many people have concerns about what the next four years will hold.  There have been increased reports of violence and acts of bigotry across the country. In our own progressive enclave in North Carolina (not an oxymoron), a Latina woman who was walking her kids to school was followed by a pick up truck whose occupants were taunting them that they would soon be deported.  There are also concerns for our LGBT community and what the new political climate means for their rights and their safety following the election. Of…