Empowering students looking for something better.

Students

We believe higher education is a right, not a privilege. That's why we dedicated our careers to helping students pack up their bags and study in Europe, where higher education is accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

50%
The acceptance rate at top-ranking universities in Europe.
$50k
Typical savings over in-state colleges.
$250k
Typical savings over private universities.
Jennifer Viemont

Why I started Beyond the States

Jenn Viemont
Founder

Like many parents, I found myself worrying about college as my oldest prepared to begin high school. I was worried about the impact playing the US admissions game would have on him (as well as our family). Teens are sleep-deprived, anxious, and burned out by the resume building and pressure to achieve more, all in the name of getting into a “good” college. And most of us are aware of kids who checked all the boxes, and still didn’t get into the schools they applied to. In fact the acceptance rate drop between 2017-22 is remarkable at many schools. For instance, Boston College went from 32% to 16%, Oberlin College went from 33.72% to 9.23%, New York University went from 27.66% to 12.20%, and Tulane University went from 21.5% to 8.5%. In just FIVE years!

Of course, our other major concern had to do with the cost. We wanted our kids to have options beyond those in our home state of North Carolina. Though we put money away for college throughout their lives, our savings would not begin to scratch the surface of private or out of state tuition. In recent years, $50,000 per year is what the more expensive private universities were charging. Now, $75-80,000 is not unheard of!

These problems, along with concerns around the educational experience, employability and other issues on college campuses were on my mind, back in 2015, when I saw an article about an American who was studying for free in Germany-and his studies were conducted in English! This article prompted me to research the possibilities in Europe for my own kids. I learned enough about the possibilities and the benefits to realize that more families would also be interested in these options. I also discovered how difficult it was to find this information as there was no single source of objective information about the options throughout EU countries.

I spent a year visiting universities in Europe, learning about the education systems and admissions requirements of the various European countries, and meeting with students and administrators to learn what I knew other parents would want to know when considering these options. We have since helped thousands of families and students navigate the exciting options in Europe (including my own son).  

It’s hard to think of a major decision in life in which we don’t thoroughly explore our options.  Many of us do extensive research around which car to buy, where to go on vacation, where to buy the best produce, summer camp options, dog breeds, and so much more! Yet, when it comes to college many people confine their research to US schools. I encourage you to spend time digging into the possibilities. Like many of our members, you might find that the options far surpass your expectations and hold incredible possibilities for you or your teen. Or, like my own daughter, you might look thoroughly into the options and find that a US school better fits your needs. Either way, by doing this research you are making an informed decision, as opposed to one that you'll be pushed into.

Our Guiding Principles

Help as Many as Possible

Our goal is to grow Beyond the States from a small community to a nationwide force. Perhaps then our leaders will make meaningful change.

Good For People

Student and parents have it hard nowadays. We believe everyone deserves a little empathy, even if it means just lending an ear and listening.

No Sponsorships

We don't believe in paid placements, so we won't be promoting any posts based on sponsorships. This is exactly why this isn't a free platform.

Be Transparent

We will be honest. If we don't like a program, we'll tell you why. If we believe you don't need a service, we'll stop you from buying it.

Meet Your College Advisors

Jennifer Viemont

Jennifer Viemont

Founder & Chief College Advisor
Jenn founded Beyond the States in 2015 due to her own frustrations with the lack of information, and misinformation, when exploring European higher ed options for her own teens. She is author of College Beyond the States and internationally renowned expert on colleges in Europe.
Kristin Hamaker

Kristin Hamaker

Director of College Programs
As an admittedly counter-culture parent to a college-bound kid, and armed with a creative writing degree and an entrepreneurial past herself, she naturally joined the BTS team as a writer and advocate and general right-hand.

Get access to all the English-taught degrees in Europe, all in one place.

Beyond the States provides access to 11,400+ European bachelor's and master's programs across 870 universities, 550 cities, and 212 areas of study, plus all the resources you need to get there. No sponsorships. No bias.
3200+
English-taught bachelor's programs in our database.
8200+
English-taught master's programs in our database.
550
Beautiful European cities to choose from.
870
Top-tier universities accepting international students.
332,948
Typical savings against a private university in the US.
60,123
Typical savings against in-state tuition in the US.
All inclusive of tuition, living, food, books, health insurance, travel expenses, as well as hidden fees. Compiled with data from students and the official websites from KU Leuven, UNC, and Duke.

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