Podcast: Myth of American Exceptionalism

college in europeEpisode 8 Podcast Notes

Title: Myth of American Exceptionalism

Description

In the US, the conventional wisdom tells us that the US academic experience is superior, but is that really the reality or is that the story we are told. In this episode, Jenn talks with Samantha Savage. Samantha received her undergraduate degree in International Studies from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her master’s degree from Malmo University in Global Political Studies. Samantha talks about her experience getting her master’s in Sweden compared to her undergraduate education at Carolina.

Guest: Samantha Savage

Notes

Notes on a Foreign Land by Suzy Hansen

Malmo University

Most Likely to Succeed

Academically Adrift

Do you have better critical thinking skills than a 6th grader?

Career Mentoring Program

City of Malmo, Sweden in High Def Video

Malmo to Montreal: The 20 Most Bicycle Friendly Cities in the World

Joi Ito Study

Podcast: Is it Safe to Study Abroad?

Show Notes

Title: Is it Safe to Study Abroad?

Description

At some point in the conversation about college in Europe, the question of safety comes up. People usually ask whether it’s dangerous for students to live in Europe. In this episode, Jenn explores the ideas of fear and risk and whether the reward can outweigh the risk. She talks with Ansel Mullins, who has lived with his family in Europe for 14 years.

Guest Ansel Mullins, Chief of Development, Culinary Backstreets

Guest Bio

Ansel is a native Chicagoan and lived in Istanbul, Turkey from 2001 to 2016 and now lives in Lisbon, Portugal. He is a co-founder of Culinary Backstreets, a company devoted to telling the story of the food of urban environments. He also started the blog, Istanbul Eats. To support his writing habit, he has restored old homes, tended bar, sold mobile phones and taught physical education in a kindergarten. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, Saveur Magazine, Monocle, The Guardian and other publications.

Notes

Great food in Asheville, NC

Runaway Trucks

Jaws banana boat scene

2016 50 Mass Murders or Attempted Mass Murders at School in US

23% of Women Experience Sexual Assault in College in US

Pilav Carts in Istanbul

Culinary Backstreets: Barcelona

Eatinerary

Podcast: Create Your Own Rankings

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.

 

Guest: Miwa Kitmura, Head of External Relations, Vesalius College, Brussels

Resources

US News College Rankings

How U.S. News college rankings promote economic inequality on campus

The US News rankings are terrible for students. Why don’t colleges stop them?

Inside Higher Ed: Ranking Diversity

Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be

Crazy U

Forget College Rankings: Look For ‘Nessie’ Instead

2015 ETS study comparing US millennials with other students around the world

Fail U

Association of American Colleges & Universities Study

How  US News Ranks College and Universities

Jenn’s blog on her visit to Vesalius College

Vesalius combines practical focus with theory

Employability: 80% of Vesalius students go on to graduate school. After that, 95% find a job or start their own venture.

Vesalius Internship Program

At Vesalius, students are assigned a faculty advisor who is a professor.

Factors to look at beyond rankings:

  • What is the faculty background?
  • Do their research areas interest you?
  • What businesses do they partner with?
  • How many English-taught programs does the school have?

Podcast: Affordable Tuition

college in europeThis 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 dig into information about the continued savings students have for other related costs like housing, fees, books, and health insurance.

Resources

Peter Kumble, PhD

Czech University of Life Sciences

Middlebury College in Vermont

UNC Tuition Link Roadblock

CollegeCalc.org

34% of students earn a bachelor’s in 4 years

Why is tuition continuing to go up?

Perk Wars

Sticker Price vs Actual

College with “Lazy River

Leiden University

Myth: College sports are a cash cow

Harsh Truth: US Universities are Big Businesses and Student Loans Pay the Bills

Peter’s Department page

College in Europe Cost Comparison, Jared

College in Europe Cost Comparison, Theo

Next Episode

Save your Sanity with Transparent Admissions Processes

Podcast: Transparent Admissions Requirements

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!

 

Resources

US News College Acceptance Rates

Race to Nowhere

Vicky Abeles

Vicky Abeles quote

Groningen University website

Groningen University a Top 100 university

Dartmouth Stops Accepting APs

Crazy U Review

Information About Groningen at BeyondtheStates.com

Education Quality in the US and Europe

Binding Study Advice

Groningen: World Bicycling City

Next Episode Finding Education Quality Beyond Rankings

Podcast: Why Pursue Higher Education in Europe?

In the spring of 2015, Jenn Viemont happened on a Facebook post about a US student who was attending college for free in Germany. Little did she know that article would start her on a journey to build a database of the thousands of English-taught bachelors and masters programs in continental Europe. In this episode, Jenn Viemont talks about why her kids will opt out of US higher education and go to college in Europe instead. She provides an overview of the benefits around this which include affordable tuition, transparent admissions requirements, employability, and the life changing experiences offered by living abroad.

Resources

Beyond the States website

About Jenn Viemont

CNN Money: Americans Are Moving to Europe for Free College Degrees 

Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Free College in Germany

529 Plan

Colleges That Change Lives

Nine Reasons to Attend College in Europe

English-Taught Masters Programs in Europe 2013 Update

Next Episode How international students can earn an entire degree, including travel costs, for the cost of a single year of tuition at many US schools