Beyond Black & White » Study Abroad http://www.beyondblackwhite.com Chronicles, Musings and Debates about Interracial & Intercultural Relationships Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:22:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Guest Writer: A Black Girl’s Guide to Studying Abroad in Valparaiso, Chile! http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/guest-writer-black-girls-guide-studying-abroad-valparaiso-chile/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/guest-writer-black-girls-guide-studying-abroad-valparaiso-chile/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:03:37 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=32061 Meet Tiana (left) and Angel (right)–two brown girls who met while studying abroad in Chile! ☺   Valparaíso, Chile, with its art-splashed buildings, sloped hills, and turn of the century –styled funiculars, is often called the “San Francisco of South America.” I had the pleasure of studying abroad there from February 2012 to July 2012, […]

The post Guest Writer: A Black Girl’s Guide to Studying Abroad in Valparaiso, Chile! appeared first on Beyond Black & White.

]]>
Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 9.46.32 PM Meet Tiana (left) and Angel (right)–two brown girls who met while studying abroad in Chile! ☺   Valparaíso, Chile, with its art-splashed buildings, sloped hills, and turn of the century –styled funiculars, is often called the “San Francisco of South America.”

I had the pleasure of studying abroad there from February 2012 to July 2012, during my sophomore year of college.  Before then, I never knew what it was like to live in another country. In many ways, it is to speak, eat, sleep, and interact differently. Luckily, I received a vast array of experiences that expanded my perspective as an American, as a student, and also as a young Black woman. Yup, I found out most of the world uses 24-hour time.

As I painstakingly practiced Spanish, I discovered how it feels to butcher a language and look like a fool. And yeah, after daily compliments, flirty eyes, and sometimes (annoying) cat calls from Chilean men at beaches, clubs, and the supermarket, I realized that the folks who discredit Black female beauty at home WERE LYIN’. In short, for personal growth and discovery (of self, others, and new surroundings), Black girls should study abroad. With that said, here are a few reasons to study abroad in Valparaíso, Chile! Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 9.46.44 PM

1. The Music and Nightlife

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 9.47.00 PM   Valparaíso and Viña Del Mar (the neighboring city) have a lot of great reggae, salsa, and electronic dance venues. Many of the clubs in the area, like 7-floor “El Huevo”, “Café Journal” (where all the gringos go), and Máscara, are all accessible by train and collectivo (taxi).  Wherever you go, be sure to get a “pisco sour”, which is essentially STRONG lemonade flavored with Pico lime and Pisco, Chile’s national staple of distilled wine. Also, a great music event about two hours away from Valpo and Viña is Santiago Lollapalooza, which might be better than the classic Lollapalooza in Chicago! Young folks from all over Latin America–Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, and Colombia—fly or drive down for the 3-day event. When I attended in 2012, some of my favorite artists were there like Calvin Harris, MGMT, Skrillex, Above and Beyond, and Foster the People.

2. The Student Life

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 9.52.12 PM Tiana noticed that “People seem to be vested in the nation’s future and how it will impact their daily lives. Citizens not only take it upon themselves to initiate legislation, but they also partake in various protests regarding civil rights, education, and general livelihood.” Especially as students continue fighting for more affordable education, Chilean university life tends to be very politically active.

3. The Natural Beauty

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 9.47.33 PM     The beaches at Con Con are everything–including a scenic 30 minute bus ride from Valparaíso. I must warn you, that bus ride might be jam packed and you may not get a seat until midway through the trip. But once you finally see the crystal blue water and sloping hills dotted with white beach houses on the horizon, the view will be worth seat less wait.

Likewise, there are tons of geographic destinations that are worth your time throughout the country. Tiana, who got to do a lot of traveling during her time abroad says, “The terrain is extremely diverse! One day, I could be swimming in the Pacific Ocean near the coast of Viña del Mar and the next day I could be hiking in the Atacama Desert. Of all of the locations that I visited, Patagonia was my absolute favorite place to be. There is something remarkably breathtaking about exploring that cold, southern location in the Andes Mountains.”

4. The Food

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 9.47.45 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 9.47.55 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 9.48.04 PM   Oddly, the best sushi I’ve ever had was at a mall restaurant called “Sushi House” in Viña. When it comes to bomb seafood, the Pacific coast has been kind to Valpo and Viña. My incredible host family, the Carramiñanas, made the best ceviche, salmon, and scallops for special dinners and celebrations.

Due to the strong Italian and Spanish populations, both cities have a host of pasta and wine joints. Wine in Chile is a bit stronger than normal, so keep that in mind, ladies! Breakfast tends to be pretty simple. In the morning, it’s common to grab fresh bread from a panadería and pair it with sliced palta (avocado). Sooooo good.

5. The Culture

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 9.48.18 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 9.48.27 PM My second mama in Chile ☺ Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 9.48.52 PM   When I think of culture in Valparaíso and Viña, beautiful art, bright colors, dancing, music, food, warm people, and family immediately come to mind. My host family ate dinner together almost every night, and sometimes the grandfather (whose house was connected) would join us. How many families do that in the States?! Tiana observed that, “Social life is essential to maintain.

There were very little times where I found myself rushing from one place to another. It also seems like there is a genuine concern for well-being and happiness that Chilean individuals want to uphold. People truly wanted to get to know ME!” I totally agree. Sometimes, folks would remark on my American-ness and Blackness. For a light-hearted example, I’ll never forget when my host family said they would make a peluche (stuffed animal) out of my kinky twist braids after I removed them! It was actually hilarious.

Jokes aside, I found that folks were genuine in their efforts to get to know me. To enjoy being a woman, living freely and not worrying about the assumptions of others, is one of the most important journeys I began as a 19 year old in Chile. It’s a journey I now encourage other young Black women to join.

Angel is a writer, community organizer, and traveler from Ohio who is soon moving to NYC. She loves working out, reading, and spending way too much time shopping for food. For musings about internationalism and culture, check out her blog: angelictruth.wordpress.com, and follow her on twitter and Instagram @truthtravelista. If you have any questions or ideas, just tweet her!  

The post Guest Writer: A Black Girl’s Guide to Studying Abroad in Valparaiso, Chile! appeared first on Beyond Black & White.

]]>
http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/guest-writer-black-girls-guide-studying-abroad-valparaiso-chile/feed/ 21
JQ Abroad Open Thread: Share Your Overseas Experiences! http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/jq-abroad-open-thread-share-overseas-experiences/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/jq-abroad-open-thread-share-overseas-experiences/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:46:04 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=31933 Hi ladies, it’s been a long time since I’ve written here and it got me thinking that it’s high time that we shared our overseas experiences. This is where the article involves your participation! I love reading positive articles of black women enjoying their space and time overseas. It creates further encouragement for other black […]

The post JQ Abroad Open Thread: Share Your Overseas Experiences! appeared first on Beyond Black & White.

]]>
Hi ladies, it’s been a long time since I’ve written here and it got me thinking that it’s high time that we shared our overseas experiences. This is where the article involves your participation! I love reading positive articles of black women enjoying their space and time overseas. It creates further encouragement for other black women to explore the world themselves. I am just one of many out there who had the opportunity to live overseas. After my year and half stint in South Korea I moved to Italy for a month and you can pretty much imagine my time there. However, my time in South Korea taught me that my education, talents, and gifts were more valued there than here in the United States. While living in South Korea as an English Teacher. I taught for a total of 5 months. During the 5th month I was referred by a worker in the office to take the position as a Human Resource Coordinator. This would mean I would have to move from Daejeon to Seoul. Now, because I was so used to hearing I needed experience and that I didn’t fit the qualifications, I immediately thought I wasn’t worthy of the position. I believed that there were teachers there for almost 2+ years that probably deserved it more than I did.  I must have declined the offer 2 times until the coordinator who was ready to leave spoke with me on the phone of all the opportunities that came with the job. After much thought, prayer, and speaking with friends I took the job. It was the best decision that I made. Everything I did in the office I am now doing currently on my job here in the United States. If it weren’t for that opportunity I honestly don’t know where I would be working and because of that opportunity I more so, now than ever would like to go back overseas and work again. 299756_2345408869204_1265429996_n This is just one of many things that happened to me while overseas and since so many of the readers here at Beyond Black & White have travel experiences I thought it would be great to dedicate a post on just that! Your experiences! Whether it is romantic, finding work abroad, or making new friends! Do share and let’s encourage one another to travel and see more of the world! Citrina Warren You can find Citrina at jamericanqueenabroad.blogspot.com and follow here on twitter @JQAbroad.

The post JQ Abroad Open Thread: Share Your Overseas Experiences! appeared first on Beyond Black & White.

]]>
http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/jq-abroad-open-thread-share-overseas-experiences/feed/ 104
Be Inspired: Gabrielle Turnquest Passes Bar At 17 And Breaks 600 Year Old Record in the U.K. http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/inspired-gabrielle-turnquest-passes-bar-17-breaks-600-year-old-record-u-k/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/inspired-gabrielle-turnquest-passes-bar-17-breaks-600-year-old-record-u-k/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 04:08:39 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=27855 I just got wind of this news coming from across the pond, and it is the perfect example of what young Black women can achieve when given the opportunity to do so. Gabrielle has been making history since graduating with her degree at the age of 16. This Virginia native now hopes to further her […]

The post Be Inspired: Gabrielle Turnquest Passes Bar At 17 And Breaks 600 Year Old Record in the U.K. appeared first on Beyond Black & White.

]]>
I just got wind of this news coming from across the pond, and it is the perfect example of what young Black women can achieve when given the opportunity to do so. Gabrielle has been making history since graduating with her degree at the age of 16. This Virginia native now hopes to further her education, but thought it beneficial to obtain an internationally recognized education. That’s a very smart decision considering the current reality of global business and fierce competition for jobs.

Gabrielle Turnquest, lawyer, barrister, United Kingdom, England, history, Virginia, University of Virginia, fashion, world record, Bahamas, international, college, higher education, successful black girl, teenager,

This excerpt is taken from the Daily Mail, click here to read more:

An American teenager has become the youngest person in more than 600 years to become a qualified barrister in England and Wales.

At the age of just 18, Gabrielle Turnquest is not even old enough to buy an alcoholic drink in her home town of Windermere, Florida, but she has become the youngest person ever to pass The Bar exams.

The average lawyer passes the Bar Professional Training Course at the age of 27, but Gabrielle was called to The Bar last month through the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn after passing her Graduate Diploma in Law at the University of Law when she was just 17.

The post Be Inspired: Gabrielle Turnquest Passes Bar At 17 And Breaks 600 Year Old Record in the U.K. appeared first on Beyond Black & White.

]]>
http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/inspired-gabrielle-turnquest-passes-bar-17-breaks-600-year-old-record-u-k/feed/ 32
Niala: Dress Smart Like a London Lass http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/dress-smart-london-bloke/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/dress-smart-london-bloke/#comments Thu, 17 Jan 2013 03:47:37 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=16753 Walking the streets of London is equivalent to walking down a haute couture runway. When I leave my flat, I have to keep up with the well-dressed women (and men) of London that constantly have me flipping through the glossy pages of my fashion magazines.

The post Niala: Dress Smart Like a London Lass appeared first on Beyond Black & White.

]]>
Walking the streets of London is equivalent to walking down a haute couture runway. When I leave my flat, I have to keep up with the well-dressed women (and men) of London that constantly have me flipping through the glossy pages of my fashion magazines.

Keeping up with the latest fashions have always been high on my priority list. However, the bright colors, long fabrics, and relaxed fits that surround me in California highly differ from the monochromatic, structured, and feminine looks that hail the streets of London.

There is no doubt that I will be emulating this oh so ‘smart’ style when I land in California.  Three looks have consumed my being (and pocket) while being here: Fur, leather, and shift dresses.

I love PETA friendly fur. It’s luxurious, classy, and most of all warm. I remember first trying out this look in 10th grade on my 65 degree Socal campus- I was out of place to say the least. In a last minute dash to decrease the weight of my suitcase I ditched the fur before coming to London. And once I saw everyone in South Kensington prancing around in their sky high heels and fur coats, I deeply regretted  it. It’s the perfect addition to a posh outfit when heading out on the town.

 

Throw this over a turtle neck for a modern look. Try this one on sale for $75 on Modcloth.com:

 

 

 

I’ve been obsessed with leather since Britney Spears wore that all red leather jump suit in her “Oops I Did It Again” video. A hint of leather can add instant edge to your wardrobe. Buy a pair of these sleek leather pants from Zara for $50 :

 

 

 

Shift dresses are classic, and perfectly appropriate for all kinds of occasions. It’ll bring out the inner Audrey Hepburn in you. Try this one for $100 from Top Shop:

 

 

The post Niala: Dress Smart Like a London Lass appeared first on Beyond Black & White.

]]>
http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/dress-smart-london-bloke/feed/ 11
Are the Brits Down with the Swirl? YES. http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/brits-swirl-yes/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/brits-swirl-yes/#comments Sat, 22 Dec 2012 03:00:14 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=15471 Turning heads, coy smiles, and sudden attempts at conversation: things I experience everyday down in London. I’m going to answer the question I’m sure all of you have been wondering. Are the Brits down for the swirl? YES, ladies. And the desire is strong.

The post Are the Brits Down with the Swirl? YES. appeared first on Beyond Black & White.

]]>
Turning heads, coy smiles, and sudden attempts at conversation: things I experience everyday down in London. I’m going to answer the question I’m sure all of you have been wondering. Are the Brits down for the swirl? YES, ladies. And the desire is strong.

(added by Christelyn, because she thought it would be funny.)

No, I’m not talking about the kind of attention you want to avoid. No cat calls, puckered lips, or hissing coming from the mouths of the less than desirable. From what I can tell it’s not a fetish but a diverse pallet that the majority of Londoners share.

Throughout the city it is quite obvious that the Brits don’t have a set “type” like most Americans do. Here in America I can almost guess to the eyelash what type of preference someone has after talking to them for five minutes. But the Brits? They always keep me guessing.

In England the swirling isn’t limited to vanilla and chocolate. I have seen all types of people from all over the globe in a relationship with each other in London. It was clear that the Black women didn’t have to fear when they were not approached by a Black male. Every Black mother I have come into contact with proudly holds hands with her biracial daughter.

But what limits Americans from thinking in the same terms? The argument can be made that London is a Metropolitan city, where swirling is not uncommon. But I have a different theory.

In America, color often (wrongly) dictates the expected commonalities we have between one another.  Americans think of themselves in terms of White, Black, Yellow, Brown, or Red.

For example, when is the last time you met someone who identified themselves as primarily Norwegian? And in the rare case that this would happen, what characteristics would you expect this person to have? In America we don’t usually think in these ethnic terms. We think in basic terms of color.

It is hard for the British to think strictly in terms of color, because their respective countries of origin are so close. In Great Britain even the various Western European countries are known to have their own distinctive ways of life and traditions, and many citizens still feel attached to them. Here there is no guarantee or expectation that you will have something in common with all the people of your race. Therefore, being in a relationship with someone of a different race is not that different than being in a relationship with someone of a different ethnicity.

According to the UK newspaper the Independent, mixed race children are becoming a significant portion of the UK population:

On current trends, mixed-race babies will soon outnumber those born to black couples in Britain. The last census showed that people of mixed race make up the third-largest minority group behind Indians and Pakistanis. But with half of them aged 16 or younger, they are the fastest growing. In time, people of mixed race will become Britain’s largest ethnic minority.

It is very refreshing to be in a place that takes advantage of their diverse surroundings. And hey, I don’t mind the attention;) Reason #17383272 to move to London.

The post Are the Brits Down with the Swirl? YES. appeared first on Beyond Black & White.

]]>
http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/brits-swirl-yes/feed/ 78
Want to Get Your Degree Overseas — for Free? http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/study-overseas-free/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/study-overseas-free/#comments Wed, 28 Nov 2012 03:48:58 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=14569 Pack your bags, ladies.

The post Want to Get Your Degree Overseas — for Free? appeared first on Beyond Black & White.

]]>
I have always been a go getter. When I was a teenager in high school, the opportunity came to be a summer student in Mexico. I along with a few members of the Spanish club at my high school raised the money by washing cars and holding bake sales. Our parents also pitched in to help and off we went. The next year I went to Germany by myself as an exchange student. It was not easy as my parents had to make some sacrifices for me to board that plane. Sadly, I was only one of five black students out of the entire state of Indiana going abroad. Two of us went to Germany, two to Japan and one to Sweden. Fast forward a couple of decades. Times have changed but also remained the same. Although you can find numerous black Americans willing to travel the world and study abroad, I still encounter many who could never imagine themselves outside of their respective cities, let along the country.

I discovered a few of them think that because there are few blacks in some of these places that, they would not be comfortable going.  Well, there are numerous places in the US where we could say the same thing. I don’t understand this fear and inhibition but I do rejoice in those who have gone out and claimed their piece of the globe.  I would advise anyone not to let the fear of racism keep them from taking advantage of an opportunity that could be once in a lifetime.  I have  “been the only one” or one of a few black people in a class, work or even church countless times.  Depending upon the situation, I have try to use those opportunities to educate folks.

Racism is everywhere and not going away anytime soon. Life goes on. Just think if the phenomenal woman Gloria Ray Karlmark, one of the “Little Rock Nine” let her circumstances limit her potential. She may have never become a chemist, she may never have met and married a Swedish man nor be in a position to head Fortune 500 companies in Sweden, Belgium or Holland. Gloria Karlmark may not have become the award winning and innovative power house she turned out to be had she not taken some risks and stepped out on faith.  Just check out Gloria Ray Karlmark on Swedish television talking about then candidate Obama and the possibility of him becoming the first US black president (2008).

%22Det%20h%C3%A4r%20har%20vi%20alla%20dr%C3%B6mt%20om%22

Sweden is also home to another super achieving, black American woman.  She is Black Women in Europe Network  founder Adrianne George Lind. Adrianne is from Washington DC and was exposed to the international world as a youngster.  She had close family members who lived and worked overseas and that led to her being bitten by the travel adventure bug.  Adrianne used education as her ticket to cross the Atlantic and has since travled the globe. She obtained a Master’s degree in Marketing and PR in Belgium where she met her Swedish husband.  Married to the love of her life, Adrianne is now living in Sweden.  If she had any hesitancy about going overseas, Adrianne would never have left the states. She is another prime example of what we can accomplish given opportunity coupled with desire and passion. So seek out educational opportunities and go for it.

Adrianne has become an International power broker who has built two networks the other being co-founder of Women of the African Diaspora. She is also co-founder and editor of Black ExPat Magazine.  Adrianne also runs the BWIE Blog  and hosts two BWIE subgroups in Facebook (one for women exclusively living, studying or working abroad, and one for those abroad and women in the US).  In 2010, Adrianne was inspired by Forbes Magazine World’s 100 Most Powerful Women List.  She went right into action creating and publishing the first (and two subsequent) Most Powerful Black Women in Europe List 2010.  My dear friend gets a heartfelt thanks from me for creating the networks where I met so many wonderful people I otherwise may never have known. (2011 list2012 list)

Thanks to Adrianne, I was inspired to compile a list of programs and schools.  As an information broker, I had received some requests for information about studying abroad — specifically Europe. Most universities in Finland, Norway, Sweden, Germany and many other EU countries are tuition FREE even for foreigners.  At least they used to be more than there are now.  So many non EU students were taking advantage of those opportunities so some countries have started charging.  Many remain free, so those who are interested will have to be diligent and research well. As always beware of scams and know that you will still have to demonstrate financial stability.  Some may wonder why bother if you still have to sustain yourself financially.  Well, you would have to sustain yourself financially at home anyway, so why not experience life abroad even if for one semester?  Where there is a will there is a way.  What better reason to live abroad is there other than to pursue education?   Ok, besides love, a killer job, extended vacation and maybe medical treatment?  Obtaining a quality degree makes school rank pretty high up on the list.

                          

Explore the Country, Explore the Programs.

These degrees are offered in English. You can get your degree and not have to worry about learning the language of the host country for some programs.  A few countries require proof that you are learning their language.  Of course it would be best if you did learn the language, but for those that don’t it is one less stress while you are completing your education.  Two years ago, my friend Gavaza got a Masters in International Peace Studies in Finland in English and it was free.   She had to pay some room and board, but tuition was entirely free for her two year program. And she was paid for her internship.  Most can get part time jobs to help defray expenses. I say if at all possible, we should take advantage of these opportunities. The language skills alone should one become fluent gives you a additional skill that may prove useful upon returning to the States.  Even for those of us with professional degrees and who are already working could consider time abroad for study. This is easier for single people who don’t have families and homes, but on the other hand people are taking their spouses and families abroad all the time.

I met a sister on the BWE Social Network (a Tuskegee Veterinary School graduate) named Priscilla Bowen, DVM, Ph.D.  Her husband who is also a veterinarian, was offered an opportunity to receive specialized training in animal neurosurgery in Switzerland.  Dr. Bowen was not about to twiddle her thumbs while her husband was in training all day.  She wasted no time researching and found her own educational opportunity.  Dr. Bowen found, enrolled in and completed a Ph.d. program at the University of Zurich Veterinary School.  I asked Dr. Bowen if she would mentor a young black high school student who wanted to be a veterinarian.  Dr. Bowen was more than eager to mentor and graciously asked me to pass on her contact information to the young lady.  That is what it is all about.  It didn’t matter that we had never met, she was willing to reach out to young black women in any school pursuing their dream of becoming a veterinarian.

You can find almost any program in Europe including veterinarian medicine as we just learned.  Some schools in the smaller EU countries also seek international students as they all boast of wonderful educational opportunities.  You could go to medical school in Romania or Hungary.   You could get an Engineering degree in Norway, or study physics in Germany.  It doesn’t hurt to just check things out.  This also goes for spouses of those in Embassy jobs or with the US State Department or as we saw with Dr. Bowen someone in school.  Putting your mind to anything, you can make it work.   There is more research to do as I have barely scratched the surface.  Those of you whose curiosities have been piqued have your homework cut out for you.  Just know that some of these institutions have the been around for centuries and offer an education equal to or even surpass US educational standards.

Sweden. Korea. Spain. England. Japan. France. Germany. Italy. Brazil. The List is Long.

With passport in hand, have your necessary paperwork ready for visa applications, apply and wait for your acceptance letters.  Asia offers some opportunities too.  Regina Walton went to Korea specifically for school and started a blog as “Expat Jane“.  She completed a Master’s degree in International Studies at Ewha Women’s University.  Regina was able to learn Korean and even wrote a column for the Korean Herald. Regina told me that it was a fluke that she just happened to see an advertisement for the program and applied. She did not speak Korean at all, but because the program was offered in English, she went for it. Regina graduated from UCLA law school before going to Korea but she now writes for a living in Northern California.

Sweden has over 600 programs in English.  One of my friends was accepted to an online Master’s program in Digital Library and Information Services at the University of Boras Swedish School of Library and Information Science in Boras, Sweden. She was one of 40 applicants admitted out of 400!! Her prayers were answered as she wanted an opportunity to go back to school and travel. The best part was that it is FREE!! As my friend stated, “It is a well-kept secret about free education in Europe, but we don’t know for how long.”   So, get moving if that is what you want to do. You can’t beat studies for free online or on campus. But realistically you have to do your homework and again have the means to support yourself.  Seek out internships, jobs, host families even affiliated churches may help with housing.  We have a young lady from France visiting Los Angeles for a 3 month drama class she found online.  The young lady contacted the church I attend and told us of her intentions and needs.  One of our members gladly hosted her while she is here.  That is out of the box thinking that saved her a fortune in housing.  It worked out great!

Here are some links to consider and remember this is just a small sampling of what is out there. Even if the school is not free, they may have scholarships or grants. Just ask someone at the school of your interest. If you know of programs, please list them in the comments. Again, good luck to all takers!

Bonus:  Find Bachelor’s Studies in Europe has an extensive list of all colleges in EU. Once you put in your search options, you can list the results by tuition. There are several pages of tuition free institutions listed.  This site has also has information on Master and Ph.D. programs. (Thanks Ashley!)

If you can’t find a suitable free program, you may be able to get financial aid to attend some overseas schools.  FAFSA International Universities  is a directory of institutions worldwide where U.S. students can use their financial aid for short term study abroad or even to get an undergraduate or master’s degree!  This link is to their Facebook page as I can’t seem to find the actual directory.  But if interested you could contact them via email  on Facebook.  (Thanks Sherise!)

The actual FAFSA website may prove useful too as you would need the school codes anyway.

This is general information from an India site about education in Europe, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. You will have to look through to find what you need, but the effort is probably well worth it.

Here is a listing  of European Union universities with graduate programs.

These schools are highly competitive and very reputable, so study will require dedication and hard work if you are accepted.

Check out the accreditation  of the various schools

Listing of universities

Sweden 

Linköping University is fully accredited and reputable  in Sweden.  LIU is offering tuition free doctorate degrees in English.   If you could find an online program, it would be ideal.

A listing of all the Swedish Universities offering Master level degrees in English. Most are tuition free.

A Wikipedia listing as well

This is a great site that leads to other international graduate information

Denmark 

Finland

U of Helsinki Finland

Finland 

Norway

Univeristy of Oslo

Iceland   University of Iceland. Icelandic schools don’t have tuition but registration fees. They also have a nice student loan program.

Listing of state and private Icelandic Universities

Netherlands

http://www.studyinholland.nl/

http://www.nuffic.nl/international-students/study-options

http://www.studyinholland.nl/

http://www.eurogates.nl/

http://www.isparis.edu/page.cfm?p=550

http://www.english.uva.nl/start.cfm

http://studylink.com/study-in-netherlands/

http://www.internationalgraduate.net/country/europe/netherlands.htm

Funding info for the Netherlands

Belgium

Hasselt is a Belgian University that charges, but may have some reduced tuition. You have to call and talk to people or at least email. You never know what kind of opportunities you may get just by asking questions.

Estonia   Study in Estonia (may have scholarships) 100 or more programs in English and they have EU status.

Italy 

Spain

Germany    (Higher education is free for everyone)

University of Stuttgart

University of Ulm

More great info from Germany

http://www.study-in.de/en/

http://www.admissionglobal.com/study_germany.asp

http://www.scholars4dev.com/category/country/europe-scholarships/germany-scholarships/

Hungary

Romainia 

Ukraine 

Bulgaria 

Croatia    (not free but they do have scholarships)

Slovakia

Slovenia    (not free)

Czech Republic

Lithuania

Latvia 

Russia

France    general info and does not appear to be free

Poland 

Switzerland   (not free)

Listing of Australian Schools or universities with graduate programs (Not Free)

Listing of UK schools  or universities with graduate programs (Not Free)

Listing of New Zealand schools or universities with graduate programs (Not Free)

The post Want to Get Your Degree Overseas — for Free? appeared first on Beyond Black & White.

]]>
http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/study-overseas-free/feed/ 90