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Podcast: Impact of International Education on Students’ Career Development

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Impact of International Education on Student’s Career Development

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Episode Summary

What does the research say about the benefits of studying abroad? Why are American students far behind the world when it comes to studying abroad? Why do only 10-14% of college freshmen end up studying abroad even though 63% of them wish to take a semester beyond the states? Tune in as Jenn answers these questions!

Later in the episode, Jenn opens a discussion with Marty Tillman, a prolific speaker, an author, an advocate for international studies, and the president of Global Career Compass. Marty shares his valuable experience in working with young people, bringing their needs closer to the listeners of this episode. Furthermore, the guest of the show reveals the impacts of international education on students’ career development and goes through some of the most common concerns students and their parents have. Lend an ear to this week’s podcast and find out more!

“There is a career impact, and there is no question for me. It’s got to be discussed with the student about the importance of what they are going to undertake. They need not to minimize the potential impact on their career.” Marty Tillman

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What you will hear in this episode:

  • How Marty Tillman started his personal and professional life path
  • The way globalization changed European universities – finding new ways to attract foreign students
  • Enormous benefits of studying abroad which, unfortunately, only 10% of the US students use
  • A high correlation between being ready to study abroad and being ready to achieve career goals
  • Why communication with students is crucial when it comes to comparing college programs and career paths
  • What is a meaningful job for students
  • COVID restrictions vs. travel restrictions vs. university restrictions
  • Learning the second language and intercultural understanding

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Podcast: What is College for?

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What is College for?

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Episode Summary

Why is it important to gain insight into what college is for you as an individual? What happens if you don’t have that awareness? Moreover, what questions should you ask yourself to get that clear idea? Jenn dives into these questions to start the episode off.

Later in the episode, Jenn talks to William Deresiewicz, a former English professor at Yale University, an essayist, a literary critic, and an author of best-selling books, A Jane Austen Education and Excellent Sheep. Take a listen to this week’s episode and find out who is an excellent sheep, the unintended impact the US admissions process has on students throughout life, and how to avoid these pitfalls. Furthermore, you will discover whether a school’s reputation impacts future earnings, why faculty at most US universities are discouraged from spending time teaching, the problems of educational and residential-class segregation, and much more!

“As a result of the excellence that students have been forced to demonstrate, always doing what grown-ups want them to do, never having time to think about what they want, what they are good at, what they care about, they become sheep.” William Deresiewicz

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What you will hear in this episode:

  • How William Deresiewicz got the inspiration for the Excellent Sheep.
  • Becoming Sheep: Why so many students don’t know their passions in life.
  • How the admissions process negatively impacts students in college and later in life.
  • How to give our kids the balance in life they need.
  • The important lessons students learn from mistakes
  • What research shows about whether the school name impacts future earnings or not. 
  • The questions to ask yourself: What is your passion? Why are you going to school? What is college for? 
  • Why faculty at most US universities are discouraged from spending time teaching.
  • The problems of educational and residential-class segregation
  • The word about Deresiewicz’s new book The Death of the Artist

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Podcast: Ellie’s Path to European College?

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Ellie’s path to European college?

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Episode Summary

Jenn has an interesting announcement about the upcoming podcast interviews around studying and living abroad with some of the top-selling book authors on that matter. Particularly, William Deresiewisz, Jeffrey Selingo, and Tim Leffel are unquestionably inspiring guests and Jenn is more than excited to talk to them! For now, you can check out their books, which you can find in the episode links below! 

“I want to allow her to go through this process and make a choice that is best for her, but she needs to first gain insight into how to determine what is best for her. “ Jenn

Today’s episode is a bit different as Jenn provides first-hand information on how pursuing the options in Europe can look from start to finish, in a deeper way; a case study. There is nobody Jenn knows better in the world than her daughter Ellie. Hence, we will find out how she chose her areas of study, how she decided on a school, all about the requirements for admission, and a surprising request Ellie has made which may change everything!

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What you will hear in this episode:

  • The announcement of upcoming shows & guests
  • Ellie’s case: The process from start to finish
  • Exploring the options in Europe with her brother, Sam
  • International experience: Learning for the sake of learning or for the resume?
  • The differences between US and EU admissions requirements
  • Relating interest areas to areas of studies
  • Where to go: Ireland, Netherlands or – back to the States?
  • The stages in the development of individuation: Is it OK to take a different path?
  • The importance of students knowing their reasons for going to a specific college and
  • Why it’s necessary to go through the whole process and insight, before deciding what college is the best
  • All about the November special

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Podcast: Soft Skills You Gain When Living Abroad

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Soft Skills You Gain When Living Abroad!

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Episode Summary:

How much active parenting should we do for our teens and college-age students? How much does a parent’s “help” prevent teens from developing the skills they need to become independent and successful adults? How do we know when and how to step back?

In today’s show, we have the best guest for that matter! Jenn is joined with Nannette Ripmeester, a Global Labor Mobility expert, with over 25 years of experience in advising employers, universities, and governments. The two discuss how soft skills that students gain by living and studying abroad directly relate to their maturity, independence, and ultimately, employability. Tune in and find out more!

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Guest: Nanette Ripmeester

What you will hear in this episode:

  • Student’s parenting 101: When should parents step back?
  • What are soft skills and how to learn them
  • Interview with a Global Labor Mobility expert
  • International confidence and learning through mistakes
  • The expectations from EU Universities
  • From Honeymoon to Adaptation: Stages people go through when moving abroad
  • How to take a step back as a parent, and still encourage your kids during hard times
  • Employability after graduation in the EU (and back in the US)
  • The differences in the labor market now and 30 years ago
  • List of 7 skills for all competent booklets (and reviews) that all recruiters want
  • What countries are best for non-EU students to get a job
  • Biggest mistakes students make when choosing the university
  • All about our November Special

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Podcast: It’s Never too Late!

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It’s never too late!

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Episode Summary

In today’s episode, Jenn has an interesting discussion with Tiffany, a parent of one of our members, Ethan. She became so interested in the Beyond the States process herself so that she’s amid planning admission for herself and her husband – for a Master degree program in the EU!

Furthermore, Tiffany talks about how she became so open to new possibilities in her life, background stories about traveling & different experiences, and gives an answer to the most important question for all seniors about high education (and chasing dreams): Is it too late, can I do this? Tune in and find the answer!

“There’s not just one right path for everyone.” Jenn

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Guest: Tiffany Fite

What you will hear in this episode:

  • How a mother of BTS member got interested in a European masters degree program
  • Open-minded approach: Tiffany’s background and work experiences
  • How important it is when it comes to a specific location when students say they want to study in a specific country. Is this the best starting point for your strategy?
  • How you can still get your preferences of location met without having a specific country in mind: The case of France and Germany
  • Jenn’s question for all students: Why do you want to live & study exactly there?
  • Why living somewhere is different than traveling somewhere
  • How and when did Tiffany start exploring the options
  • The affordability of studying in Europe compared to the USA
  • Family with an extreme case of Wanderlust: From Boise to Brno
  • The nomadic life: What do their friends and family say about their choices?
  • All about the BTS October Special

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Podcast: Studying with ADHD in Europe

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Studying with ADHD in Europe

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Episode Summary

In today’s episode, Jenn welcomes Liza, one of the original BTS members, who some of you might know from TikTok. She will talk about her experience studying in Europe, as a student with ADHD.

Furthermore, Liza will share her insights in how to utilize her strengths related to diagnosis and all the knowledge about strategies that help her personally in areas she struggles with. Tune in and learn how to use your disabilities as an advantage!

However, before we jump into an interview with Liza, you will get the latest updates on Sam’s studies in Europe and how he overcame the difficulties studying amid the global pandemic.

In addition, you’ll find all about October special, a Crunch Time Pack which is offered only twice a year. Get your Best Fit List soon enough! It’s limited to 5 students only.

“The positive thing about ADHD? When something is enjoyable, you can dive in!” Liza Majeski

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Guest: Liza Miezejeski

What you will hear in this episode:

  • Sam’s experience with ADHD through middle and high school
  • The challenges he faced studying online in the COVID era and
  • Why he transferred to study at Anglo American University in Prague
  • Liza’s experience studying in the EU as a student with ADHD
  • How to utilize strengths related to diagnosis
  • More stories of students with ADHD in Europe
  • Liza’s background in schooling with a learning disability
  • Deciding best options and programs for an ADHD student
  • Binding Study Advice in EU and other obstacles
  • How EU Universities adapted Covid measures
  • From Prague to Brussels: Going to different schools every year
  • Liza’s 504 plan
  • Advice for ADHD students that want to be proactive and develop learning skills
  • Chasing Dopamine: The positive sides of ADHD
  • Staying in Europe, or coming back to the US?

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Podcast: All around Europe with Anya

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All around Europe with Anya

Episode Summary

Welcome back to another episode of the Beyond the States podcast! In today’s interview with Jenn, Anya talks about a unique study program in Europe in which a student studies in a different city/country each year.

Far away from her birthplace in Colorado, now a student in ESCP University, our guest will talk about how she found the right college in the EU, why she’d decided for that kind of program, and what track she’ll pursue in time to come. Anya reveals how it’s like to learn foreign languages and cultures (3 times in a row) during challenging times of COVID issues, and much more!

Besides, Jenn is having a word about who has made her life considerably easier during her stay in Portugal. Have you ever heard about Bruno “The Fixer”?

Guest

Anya Berchtold

What you will hear in this episode:

  • ESCP program: Studying in 3 different countries
  • Who is Bruno, and how he “fixed” Jenn’s life in Portugal
  • Using school & system resources, or going full self-righteous way
    (or… using someone like Bruno)
  • From Boulder, Colorado, to being Down and Up in Paris and London
  • Finding the right college and study program in Europe
  • Anya’s EU roots and family background
  • The choices in ESCP: Paris, London, Madrid, Turin, Berlin… Where to go?
  • Student life in EU: How it’s like to adjust, find a residence, and much more
  • The Graduation: The % of students that go to the Master, and the % of students that go to the workforce (and what % gets the job)

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Podcast: Studying and Playing Baseball in the Netherlands

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Studying and Playing Baseball in the Netherlands

Episode Summary

In this week’s episode, Jenn discusses with Adam, a US student currently studying in Rotterdam. Our guest talks about a number of his experiences beyond the States, including the fact that he plays competitive baseball in the Netherlands.

Learn more about Adam’s background, how it looks like to study as an international student in Europe, and the main differences between the US and EU school systems. Moreover, find out how American students get used to European life, especially during the COVID era. Tune in and hear out firsthand from our young, and yet so mature guest, Adam!

“You’re going to learn 10% in the classroom. Plant seed and water the relationships. That’s where you really learn from, the people you connect with.” Adam’s Dad

What you will hear in this episode:

  • How hard it’s for international students to adapt to Europe
  • The differences between US & EU school system
  • Why US university campuses are like a bubble, while EU student residences make you bonded with the city and academic community
  • Off the pressure: Leisure of EU collegian sports
  • Which “Greek System” is better?
  • Where do students go after their first years in the student residence?
  • Adam’s family background: Support, preparation, motivation
  • How you can play “pro” baseball in Europe
  • Minor & Major plans of a student and how does COVID affect them

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Podcast: The Return of the BTS Podcast

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Return of the BTS Podcast

Episode Summary

The Beyond the States podcast is back! In this episode, recorded in August 2021, Jenn covers the basics of Beyond the States and overviews some of the biggest ideas around college in Europe. She talks about how and why she started BTS. She also talks about where she and her family are currently living and why they moved to Portugal. She highlights other key episodes to listen to, as well.  We hope you enjoy it!

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Resources

We’re Adding Ireland

Transparent Admissions Requirements podcast

Study Abroad podcast

Why Not Go to College in Europe?

 

 

 

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Podcast: 529 Plans and the Ins & Outs of Financial Aid

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Title: 529 Plans and the Ins and Outs of US Federal Student Loans for College in Europe

Description

Jenn talks with Mark Kantrowitz, a leading expert on financing a student’s college education.  Mark is currently Publisher of PrivateStudentLoans.guru, a web site that provides students with smart borrowing tips about private student loans. Mark has served previously as publisher of the Cappex.com, Edvisors, Fastweb and FinAid web sites. He has previously been employed at Just Research, the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Bitstream Inc. and the Planning Research Corporation.

Mark is President of Cerebly, Inc. (formerly MK Consulting, Inc.), a consulting firm focused on computer science, artificial intelligence, and statistical and policy analysis.

Guest: Mark Kantrowitz

Notes

Private College Loans on Nerd Wallet

College Abroad Can Be a Bargain

Mark Kantrowitz on Private Student Loans