From the first days at Beyond the States, helping customers build beautiful and powerful educational experiences in Europe has always been at our core.
We’re committed to continuously address the needs that are most critical for our customer base right now. In particular, we’ve seen a rise in critical filters with much higher levels of complexity, like tuition, city scores, admissions requirements, and more.
Over the years, many of you have successfully leveraged Google to power your searches. With this, you’ve been able to connect the dots between the program you found and the start of your journey — giving all of your research a real purpose and keeping it from existing in a silo.
However, we’ve also heard that many third-party websites can be too painful to search through or manage long term. Those challenges make discovery for higher education in Europe, and the freedom and savings that it brings, a pipe dream for many families without the time, resources, or abilities to do the research — **until now. **
Today, we’re excited to bring the updated Beyond the States with a brand new platform release at a lower price.
We have listened to our members and overhauled our platform for faster performance, introduced a way to seamlessly find programs with your family, and shared countless features and updates.
This means that performing simple actions like filtering, searching, connecting with other students and parents, and much, much more can all be easily handled by anyone in the family, and by many more families.
As of this morning, the beta waitlist has been cleared and we are now accepting new members on an ongoing basis.
Let’s take a closer look at all Beyond the States has to offer:
Easier search for faster discovery.
We have revamped the search and discovery platform and made it faster and easier to find English taught programs in Europe. You can now search through program descriptions, school information, cities, countries, and many more data points to make discovery an easy and enjoyable process.
Richer information for easier decision making.
We've enriched the program listings with new and important data points, as well as powerful imagery, that makes deciding on your career easier and stress-free. Programs include important information like AP requirements, GI Bill Acceptance, and many more items upfront. Schools, cities, and countries are now expanded with relevant information for students.
Easier process for Best Fit List™ services.
We’ve improved the onboarding process for the Best Fit List™ service with clearer language and a new intake process that makes finding your perfect program an easy task. No longer will you need to chase down intake forms, as these are now available in your dashboard.
Friendlier website for everyone, everywhere.
We've improved website navigation so finding the right resource is easier than ever. We've also made it mobile friendly so you can run powerful searches without the hassle of a bulky computer.
Contextualize the journey to Europe with helpful resources.
It is now easier to find all of the amazing resources, like blog posts, podcasts, and student profiles, that Jenn, Beyond the States founder, has written over the years, allowing you to contextualize the journey to higher education in Europe without the stress of Google.
Skim through courses & podcasts with accessible transcripts.
Don't have headphones or have a hearing impairment? Find all of the courses and podcasts in one easy place and skim through them blazingly fast with full word by word transcriptions.
All-Inclusive database with both bachelor's & master's programs.
All memberships now include access to both bachelors and master’s databases, so you can find programs for your entire family, no matter their age or career stage. We believe this aspect of the memberships to be an important one, as you may be seeking programs for multiple family members, or may be looking beyond your bachelor's programs and into the future.
Ask more questions, get better answers.
We’ve made it easier to submit questions for the Monthly Q&As, while also making it easier for us to answer them. Every month, we'll post last month's questions and answers in an easy to read blog post.
Make and see comments on everything.
Introducing commenting! You can now make comments on specific programs, courses, and resources. Read through comments made by other parents and students and add more context to what you're reading.
Easily manage your membership.
The new membership platform is easier to manage for both you and us! You'll have full transparency on your membership, including easier upgrades and renewal options.
Lower pricing for everyone.
We’re making access more accessible to more families with a lower monthly membership cost and the ability to add family members under the same account at no additional cost. With this, we're expanding our reach and finding more parents and students like you so you can get more specific questions answered by people that are on the same boat as you are.
One single purchase unlocks all mini-courses.
One single purchase unlocks all 5 self-paced mini courses, so you don't have to hop around between options and get the FULL picture at your own pace.
One single purchase unlocks both masterclasses.
We've transformed masterclasses into self-paced courses. Take them your own time. One single purchase unlocks both On Your Mark and Get Set masterclasses!
The same team working harder for you.
Most importantly, **Jenn is staying on board **and delivering Best Fit Lists™ for all Bachelor programs as well as Motivation Letter Reviews for anyone that needs them!
Existing members will get an invitation to join the new membership platform and create a new password. You can hop in now and reset your password on the login screen. All of your existing membership information will transfer over, and you'll only need one login to access everything, so please disregard all previous links to the old database and member portals.
**New members **will get the chance to join immediately.
Moving forward, we'll be adding more programs and updating them more frequently. We'll also be enriching the platform with more features like favorites, richer listings, and enhanced programs that make the community a life-long journey with students and parents that took the leap to a better life.
Any questions about the new platform? Email us at email@example.com.