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September 2022 Q&As

Kristin Hamaker
Director of College Programs
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November 25, 2022

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From gap years to applications and visas, these are September questions answered in our new Q&A format. Each question is thoroughly researched, and if we have existing content that answers it already, we'll provide you with a handy link so you can take a read. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!

Questions and Answers

Asked by Don on Sep 27, 2022

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Do schools allow kids to take a gap year and defer? And if you submit the same application again the next year is that looked down upon, or do you need to rewrite the personal essay etc? Anything to consider if you take a gap year in terms of admissions in Europe? 

Answer

This really isn’t done in Europe as much. Some schools do allow it, but most don’t. First of all, there isn’t really a reason to do it, given the transparent admissions processes. Further, it makes more sense to apply the year before you apply because a) admissions is so transparent b) there will be other options the following year-not only new programs that are added but also Sweden is then open as an option (given Sweden requires a US high school diploma in-hand at time of application). Regarding the essay, most schools don’t require the motivation letter. If they are applying again for the same program and it does require a motivation letter, I would suggest an updated motivation letter that speaks to the relevant experiences that occurred in the year since they wrote the initial one.

Asked by Don on Sep 27, 2022

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If you accept a place at a European university (for instance, in the Netherlands), but then get an offer later on for another university can you un-enroll from the one you said yes to?

Answer

Yes. It’s not binding and they don’t ask for tuition until summer.

Asked by Don on Sep 26, 2022

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My question is about the Sciences Po universities. There is a program that

is not in your database in Grenoble. It is also a Sciences Po, but it is not

part of the other programs, at least from what I can tell. I am curious if

you know anything about this program?

Answer

We'll look into this program and add it into our database if it meets our criteria. Thanks for calling it to our attention. There are, however, 3 other Sciences Po programs reflected in the BTS database. 

Asked by William on Sep 20, 2022

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Will any universities accept new students in the spring of 2023 if I apply this late?

Answer

Not likely. There are very few that have spring admissions asnd so looking for that would be very limiting. Not impossible if a spring start is a deal breaker (AAU for example), but I would advise against it.

Asked by David on Sep 19, 2022

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Can a US student studying in Europe transfer credits back to a US college?

Answer

Each US university will have its own transfer policy, and so you should contact individual schools for this information. Give yourself enough time, applying further ahead than you may think to prepare for application requirements, keeping in mind that application deadlines for transfer students may be different than ones for first-year applicants.

Asked by David on Sep 19, 2022

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If the Netherlands allows up to 4 active applications at a time, can you suggest how to strategize the order and timing on which Universities to apply to incase you get rejected by your first 4 picks?

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You can’t choose another 4 after you are rejected. However, there are only some programs (selective and numerous fixus) in which you won’t basically know ahead of time. I suggest having at least 1 program that is non-selective and if acceptance will be based on AP scores they don’t yet have, then one that doesn’t require AP scores.

Asked by David on Sep 19, 2022

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Are there limits to how many schools you can apply to?

Answer

Not for Europe in general, but some countries (like NL) have countrywide limits. I think (but you should check) Sweden and Denmark do too. It’s only when the country has a countrywide registration (like studie link) or coordinated application process (like Denmark) that it would be the case. You can find this information on each country's college information website. You can find links to these in our database of programs. 

Asked by Marc on Sep 16, 2022

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Can you discuss financial aid options for schools in Europe? 

Answer

In general, there are plenty of schools in Europe that do have FAFSA #s, and sometimes there are other options for financial assistance through country/school generated scholarships or grants, even for international students. We make a note on each school listing if they accept FAFSA #s, and so this should be a helpful way to filter your searches, if necessary.

Check out our podcast episode below on this very topic! 

Asked by Marc on Sep 16, 2022

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We've heard horror stories about finding housing in the Netherlands. Is that true of other countries in mainland Europe?

Answer

Yes, you're right, student housing can be challenging to find in the Netherlands, in particular, and so you should certainly work as closely (and early) with those in the international student office or affairs office for their wisdom and support. There are multiple types of housing and multiple ways of finding it (such as via Facebook), but you'll need to get savvy, particularly in the Netherlands. In other European countries it really does depend on the city and school. We include info on student housing for each program in our database, and so you should start there. 

Asked by David on Sep 16, 2022

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Is it common to be able to keep your same housing for all 3 or 4 years?  Or do you have to change and find new housing every year like in the US?

Answer

Nope, not common. Students usually start in a student residence for 1 year and then get apartments with friends for the others.

Asked by Evia on Sep 16, 2022

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We've heard that the University of Groningen is allowing SAT/ACT scores to substitute for AP requirements, but we can't seem to confirm this information. Can you? 

Answer

Yes, this can be confusing. It is only the University College Groningen specifically (not the university as a whole) that allows for SAT scores for US students. Head here for this information: https://www.rug.nl/ucg/application/.

Asked by Mark on Sep 16, 2022

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If I'm a dual US/EU citizen, how do applications work?

Answer

The most important thing here is that you're looking to apply (I assume) to a school in Europe with a US high school diploma. This diploma is what you bring with you, and this diploma is what the school uses to judge whether or not you meet their admissions requirements. Suffice it to say that you'd be applying with an international student with a US high school diploma. 

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