As you may know, my daughter Ellie is a sophomore and has been attending a virtual high school this year. We knew we would be moving during the school year and decided that this would be easier than trying to find a school where she could start mid year. Instead, she will start at an international school in the fall. This virtual year also allowed her to travel with me a lot, which has been incredible for both of us!
One thing I’ve learned through her online school experience is how much time in a regular school day at a brick and mortar school must be spent on non academic matters. That’s not to stay that many of those things aren’t of value, but Ellie is able to complete her classes and assignments each day in MUCH less than a traditional 7 hour school day! And this is with two AP classes!
With so many schools shut down right now, you might be seeing the same. Perhaps you live in a state that is enforcing more strict shelter at home measures. We’re living that right now in Portugal and it makes excessive free time a little less enjoyable…
It’s often hard to plan for the future when we are in the midst of a crisis-the focus is more about getting through each day. The problem is that this strategy leaves us unprepared when things are stabilized. Though we may need to be more flexible with our plans, we still need to anticipate the future and work towards goals.
I’m working on a few personal goals during this time. The first is working on learning Portuguese. Languages don’t come easily to me, but I’m making myself work on this daily and am looking forward to the days when I will actually be communicating with people in places other than grocery stores! I’m also working on my flexibility. I seriously can’t even touch my toes an as I’m getting older this is causing a lot of aches and pains. I’ve alway struggled to find the motivation to stretch. I get bored and-because I lack flexibility- it’s not comfortable. I bit the bullet and signed up for an online class that walks me through what I need to do for 15 minutes a day to double my flexibility in a month. I’ve also thrown a fun project in there too! I ordered a bottle of wine from each region in Portugal to learn about the differences and my preferences. While I have to make sure that language learning and stretching are on my list each day, this is one goal I remember to work on regularly! In a time of such uncertainty, it actually feels really good to be working towards something!
Though it’s hard to imagine right now, at some point the worst of this health crisis will be behind us. I imagine/hope that things will be relatively normal by fall of 2020 (though we may have a new definition of normal). By fall of 2021 or 2022, when some of your kids will be starting university, this will be well in the past-hopefully due to a vaccine! Unfortunately, for many of us, the economic impact of the social distancing measures are hitting hard and affecting college savings.
How about some good news? Each year, after the database updates are complete, we update our numbers for the average tuition of the English-taught bachelors degree programs in continental Europe. Get this-there are 1953 English-taught bachelor’s degree programs in Europe and the average tuition is just $7390 per year-and remember-most of these just take 3 years to complete!
When you start looking at the country level, it’s even more astounding.
- Czech Republic-home of a few of my favorite schools in Brno and Prague-with an average of $4675 per year!
- Norway-one of the happiest places in the world according to studies-at an average of $930 per year!
- Estonia-which I think is a hidden gem for students-with an average of $5420 per year!
Sweden, and Denmark have the highest averages, each at about $13,400. I love that $13,400 is considered the high side, as opposed to $30-50,000!
So what do we know?
Our kids have extra time right now.
At some point in the future, we will not be confined to our houses.
Money may be tight and our investments may have suffered losses.
You are getting this email because at some point in time you expressed interest in college in Europe, by opting in to our email list. This is a fantastic time to explore these options more in depth! Because of the financial issues facing many of us right now, I know that committing to a monthly membership fee can feel like a no-go. I’d like to tell you about some stand alone options we have, as well as some special offers around these services.
Over the years, I’ve developed a number of courses to help students and families navigate the options in Europe.
Our best selling course, Choosing A University in Europe, walks you though the process of finding the right school. It actually is the process I use when I’m working on best fit lists for student! The course helps you determine the criteria to search including budget, admissions, field of study, location specific criteria, and more! It includes 30 days of database access so you can conduct your own search using the criteria you decide on through the activities included with each lesson.
Though Choosing a University is the best starting point, we have other courses to help you navigate the other aspects of exploring college in Europe. We have one that provides information abut the admissions process, another that helps you determine what area of study is best for you, one that talks about business schools in Europe and another that talks about the options in the Netherlands (since they have the largest number of English-taught options with a wide variety of disciplines represented, including liberal arts).
Right now, I’m offering 50% all of these courses, which means most are just $25. Both parents and students can benefit from these courses and they are completely self paced so finish as quickly or slowly as you like! We also offer an option for If you would like personalized support through the process too.
My son, Sam, is with us in Portugal right now. His Dutch university, like most, has cancelled face to face classes for the rest of the semester. Lectures are recorded and tutorials (which are the smaller seminars) are done through Skype calls. Like most of the students I’ve worked with, he is eager to get back to his life in the Hague! His tuition is on the higher side of the European tuition range, at $11,350 per year. Despite that, overall we are paying about $200,000 than we would at a comparable US private university and even about $40,000 less than we would for instate tuition at one of the flagship state school in North Carolina, where we were residents.
So $25 to….
… take action towards preparing for when the virus is behind us.
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….avoid student loans, second mortgages, and using retirement savings for tuition.
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