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Beyond the States: How to Access the Exceptional and Affordable Degree Programs in Europe podcast explores how attending the English taught bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at European universities offer solutions to the many problems with higher education in the US. Jenn Viemont will provide inside information about the benefits and options in Europe, interviewing European administrators, higher education experts, and American students who are currently studying in Europe.

Beyond the States: How to Access the Exceptional and Affordable Degree Programs in Europe podcast explores how attending the English taught bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at European universities offer solutions to the many problems with higher education in the US. Jenn Viemont will provide inside information about the benefits and options in Europe, interviewing European administrators, higher education experts, and American students who are currently studying in Europe.
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Beyond the States: How to Access the Exceptional and Affordable Degree Programs in Europe podcast explores how attending the English taught bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at European universities offer solutions to the many problems with higher education in the US. Jenn Viemont will provide inside information about the benefits and options in Europe, interviewing European administrators, higher education experts, and American students who are currently studying in Europe.

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Episodes

Financial Aid and College in Europe

4/22/2018
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Jenn talks with Mark Kantrowitz, a leading expert on financing a student’s college education.

Duration:00:23:33

Whats My Major?

4/8/2018
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One difference between college in the US and Europe is that in Europe incoming students must apply to a specific program, so they must know what they want to study. For students who don’t know what they want to study, this aspect can lead to worry. In this podcast, Jenn announces the availability of our “What’s My Major?” offering that helps students determine their field of study.

Duration:00:11:51

College in Europe 101

3/12/2018
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This week's podcast is our College in Europe 101 webinar as presented in February. Video is available at https://beyondthestates.com/upcoming-webinars/

Duration:00:47:32

Why Not to Study in Europe

2/18/2018
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After reading a blog post from a college counsellor that declared that the US post secondary education system was globally superior, Jenn felt compelled to respond. Here are her answers to the naysayers.

Duration:00:17:48

Study Abroad and Erasmus

2/4/2018
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Jenn talks about the prospect of studying abroad in another country when you’re already studying abroad as an international student. She interviews João Pinto from the Erasmus Student Network. Interesting fact: students who study abroad are 3x more likely to vote!

Duration:00:48:34

College in Europe for Parents

1/6/2018
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In this episode, Jenn talks about threshold model of collective behavior first introduced to us in Malcolm Gladwell’s amazing podcast, Revisionist History. This theory describes how some people within a group are more comfortable than others when acting against group norms. If you’re at all interested in college in Europe, I encourage you to listen to Gladwell’s podcast episode, The Big Man Can’t Shoot, which explains an academic concept using an accessible sports motif. Jenn’s guest for...

Duration:00:25:02

Applied Learning and Fun in The Hague

12/17/2017
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In this episode, Jenn looks are two questions: What is the social life like for international students? And what is a University of Applied Sciences? Universities of Applied Sciences focus on getting students ready to enter the workforce as opposed to the purely theoretical approach one would find at a research university. In some countries, UASs are viewed as inferior, while in the Netherlands, they’re viewed as simply different. In this episode, Jenn interviews Hannah Remo. Originally...

Duration:00:47:10

Experience Day at College in Europe

12/3/2017
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How does a student decide on which program is best for him? What is that selection process like? This episode’s guest is Sam Viemont, son of Jennifer and Tom Viemont. The episode covers Jenn & Sam’s recent trip to the Netherlands to visit Leiden University for the school’s Experience Day.

Duration:00:31:28

Ohio State to Deggendorf

11/21/2017
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In this episode, Jenn talks with Chelsea Workman. Chelsea started studying Philosophy at Ohio State. Although she chose an ‘affordable’ public school, the tuition, at over $10k per year, soon put financial stress on my father and meant she needed to work in addition to studying. She began racking up debt. Eventually, she dropped out, believing it futile to pay over $40,000 for a bachelor’s degree in a subject she could easily learn for free, say by reading in a local coffee shop. She...

Duration:00:21:41

American Exceptionalism Myth

11/5/2017
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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...

Duration:00:23:08

Is it Safe to Study Abroad?

10/23/2017
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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

Duration:00:34:31

Affordable College in Estonia

10/9/2017
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In this episode, Jenn interviews Crystal LaGrone about her experience attending the Master’s program in e-Governance Technologies at Tallinn University of Technology in Tallinn, Estonia. Crystal's tuition and living expenses were quite reasonable, especially since this program was exactly what she wanted to study.

Duration:00:34:27

College in Europe 101

9/24/2017
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Jenn covers the basic concepts about going to college in Europe. She explains the different types of higher education institutions in Europe, the types of degree programs, along with housing and student life.

Duration:00:40:41

Create your Own College Rankings

9/12/2017
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How useful are college rankings actually? What do they measure? Can you find great colleges in Europe without relying on rankings? How can you 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.

Duration:02:14:05

Benefit #2: Transparent Admissions Requirements

8/28/2017
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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...

Duration:00:24:00

Benefit #1-Affordable Tuition

8/28/2017
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This 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...

Duration:00:24:44

Why Pursue Higher Education in Europe?

8/28/2017
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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...

Duration:00:11:52