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Sunday, October 7, 2018

New author interview with Jennifer Viemont


College Beyond the States: European Schools That Will Change Your Life Without Breaking the Bank.


1.      What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
As the mother of teenagers, the last few years of our life have been drastically different than other families with college bound students.  Just a few years ago, I had no idea that there were English-taught bachelor’s degree programs in Europe.  Knowing that our kids will pursue these affordable options has prevented financial stress and worry.  The transparent admissions requirements in Europe mean my son hasn’t had to jump through the ever moving admissions hoops in the US.  He’s been able to take academic risks and develop interests that have meaning to him, without making choices based on what admissions counselors may or may not be looking for.  So few Americans know that there are English-taught higher education options in non-anglophone countries.  They don’t know that many of these options provide solutions to the many problems with higher education in the US.  I wrote this book to make this information and these options accessible to more families.
2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader?
My book is a valuable resource for college bound students and their parents who seek alternatives to the status quo. It begins with a discussion of the benefits around college in Europe, including those related to cost, admissions requirements, employability, social life, and personal growth and development. The book also provides an overview of the academic differences, student life differences, and potential obstacles around these options.  The rest of the book profiles 13 schools in Europe that I selected based on criteria around cost, educational experience, educational outcomes, and the international student experience. Each chapter includes information about the profiled school’s country, city, student life, English-taught bachelor’s degree programs, strengths, admissions information, and tuition.  The book is divided into sections based on tuition: those that are  half the cost of in-state US tuition, those that are comparable to in-state US tuition, and those that are at least 50% less than out of state or private US Universities.
3. What do you hope will be the everlasting  thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down?
I hope that readers feel inspired and excited by the opportunities.  I hope they realize that not only do they offer affordable ways to get an excellent education, but also provide a path to global citizenship and life-changing experiences.
 4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
You don't have to think of yourself as a writer to be an author!  If you have expertise in a valuable and lesser known topic, share your knowledge. It may change someone's life.
 5. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
It was extremely difficult to decide which universities to profile.  There are more than 300 schools in continental Europe that offer 1700+ English-taught bachelor’s degree programs.  I visit schools regularly and know that there are a lot of fantastic schools that didn’t make it into this book.  I founded Beyond the States in 2015, well before writing this book, to provide families with comprehensive, objective, and first hand information about all the English-taught programs at accredited universities in continental Europe. I don’t think that choosing a school is a one size fits all type of experience.  What is best for one student may not be the best for another. Even if there isn’t a school in this book that would be a good fit for you, there is likely another in Europe that would be.
6. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
If I told you that you could save $171,000 by reading a book, would you read it?  That’s how much we are saving by sending our son to college in Europe over a comparable private university in the US. And the tuition at the school he will attend is not even one of the lower end of the tuition range!  I would probably read a book if it could save me much less than that; particularly if there were all sorts of secondary benefits involved too! In addition to providing useful information, it’s fun to read and learn about other countries and what it would be like to be a student there.  Even if families don’t choose to go this route, at least they are making their decision with full information about the alternatives.
Jennifer Viemont is the founder of Beyond the States, a resource dedicated to providing students and families a single source of information about the 1,700+ English-taught bachelor’s degree programs in continental Europe. Jennifer is a known expert on this topic and visits schools throughout Europe regularly in order to provide first-hand guidance on one of the most important decisions families make. Beyond the States does not accept advertising or funds from any universities covered in the book or on its website, with the goal or providing objective information.  Before launching Beyond the States in 2016, Viemont was a licensed Clinical Social Worker who worked with teenagers and families in a variety of areas including school social work, mental health, and coaching. See for more info: https://www.amazon.com/College-Beyond-States-European-Breaking-ebook/dp/B07F22536Z/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534606895&sr=8-1&keywords=college+beyond+the+states

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