College Beyond the States:
European Schools That Will Change Your Life Without Breaking the Bank.
really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or
experience and conveying it into a book?
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
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
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