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  When the 4th day of July rolls around, we citizens of the United States sometimes ponder questions deeper than just where to watch the best fireworks. We think of patriotism and pride, and even the most cynical among us contemplates what really makes America great. If thoughts like these have been rolling around in your head lately, here’s something to consider about American excellence… According to a 2014 tally, over 300,000 students outside the United States took the SAT in more than 1,000 international test centers across 175 countries. In Hong Kong alone, one 2013 SAT administration was inundated by 10,000 test takers. The ACT commands similar–and, in some countries greater–numbers of international test takers, and both tests have seen more test takers last year than ever. Why should students across the world take the SAT & ACT, when only colleges and universities within the U.S. use these scores…

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Of the roughly two million high school students who take the SAT annually, roughly 100,000 reside outside of the United States. In fact, both the SAT and ACT are offered in over 120 countries around the world. An international student who seeks admission to a US college must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) as well as the SAT or ACT.  So who is coming to the US to study, and why? According to Inkstone, a clearinghouse for Chinese data and trends, only 2% of the ten million Chinese students sitting for the GAOKAO (the grueling 2-day entrance exam, the sole determinant of college admission) will score high enough to gain admission into one of the top Chinese universities.  Other Asian countries, most notably Japan and Korea, have similarly strenuous entrance exams. Students who have the means but not the test scores may opt for an…

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A college education may yield massive benefits, but no one can deny the massive cost that comes with it. College tuition, fees, and room and board have been steadily rising at a rate that far exceeds inflation, even though salaries have not. No wonder student debt in American just hit $1.5 trillion. Even if you’re in line for big scholarships based on your grades and test scores, you may still find the prospect of incurring six-figure debt for five-figure earning potential daunting. What to do? Do you, perchance, know the words (English, French, and bilingual) to O Canada? Other countries outside the United States have attracted attention for inexpensive or even free higher education. Germany and a host of other European countries love American students that meet their requirements. In addition, abundant opportunities for college bargains can be found south of the U.S. border from Mexico all the way to…

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Most students transition smoothly from high school to college, following a path defined by countless graduates before them. More and more, however, take what is called a gap or bridge year. Even Malia Obama is doing it! The extra time–which teens typically fill with work, travel, or service–delivers a variety of benefits, from time to recharge from a rigorous high school career to space to figure out their futures. One program that takes the gap year to the next level is the Global Citizen Year. The Global Citizen Year serves as “an international immersion designed to give high school graduates perspective, confidence and purpose prior to college.” What makes this offering different from others? A break from routine High school graduates are entering college underprepared, families are questioning their return on investment, and colleges are facing growing concerns about relevance. Today, anxiety and depression among college freshmen are at an…

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Nobody needs to be reminded that the cost of a college education in the United States is exceedingly high, at least if you’re not getting massive scholarship money because of your SAT or ACT scores. And unless Bernie Sanders becomes President, this dire tuition situation will likely continue to worsen. If the cost of college terrifies you, you’re not alone. Yet, there are many outstanding colleges and universities that offer four-year degrees at an extremely low cost or even free. The catch, however, is that these schools are not in the United States. In 2014, Germany made all public universities tuition free. Many other countries in Europe also offer free or very low cost college education. If the prospect of studying in Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Austria, or Slovenia excites you, your passport may be the ticket to your college degree. In fact, many of these schools are eager…

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Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Amidst the usual university rankings and discussion of the rising cost of a college education in the United States comes some fascinating news out of, believe it or not, Germany: all public universities in the Deutschland are now tuition free. Exciting, right? But before you pack your teen’s bags with the latest language learning software, consider some of the specifics of this new policy and German higher education. Slate offers a comprehensive explanation, from which we’ve distilled a few important points: 1. YES… this free tuition policy applies even to international students. 2. NO… the German college experience is not like the U.S. college experience. 3. MAYBE… students with the requisite independence and fluency may find this opportunity the path to a low-cost, high-quality college education. What do you think? Can you see your son or daughter attending college in Germany?

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