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Differences between the academy in Europe and the USA………

The past few months we have been talking about some differences between the academy in Europe and here in the USA.

One of the things we’ve discussed is how here in the United States, college admission is a very competitive process. We have college placement exams and a student can study whatever discipline they’d like so long as they have an interest and have achieved the proper entrance score. In Europe it is very different as all students are guaranteed a free higher education. There, familiar relationships go a lot further and in fact college entrance exams are not required. Instead, the process of weeding out students comes along in the advanced school years, regarding whether or not the student passes the coursework.

Prestige of a university is common in both the USA and Europe. However, I feel that here in the USA, location of a school is a relatively secondary matter compared to the ranking and the prestige of the program. In Europe it seems that choosing a university is generally more representative of the importance of the institution as a research center than of quality or prestige, and choice is generally based on more practical criteria such as distance from home, or the cost of the program. In some cases, the county won’t pay for a student to travel to a different county to study at the university so options are much more limited than here in the USA.

Thanks!

Cheers, Lehi

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Opportunity knocks……so dust off that passport!!

Good morning everyone,

I am honored and humbled to be a part of this exciting group, the Global Perspectives Program!  I purchased my journal the other day and realized that within a few months it will be filled with the nuances of different cultures and life experiences.  Traveling allows us to meet new people who become life long friends and will help us each to realize how resilient we are as individuals yet so dependent on strangers to do something as mundane as getting on the right train at the right time!  Travel to me means adventure, gives perspective to my way of knowing, and shakes things up enough to motivate me to move forward in research with new passion and vision.

I’m looking forward to learning about higher education institutes in a society where the system is free and gaining a better understanding of the value those societies place on the social sciences and humanities.  In the USA those areas are often underfunded and looked down upon.  I’m curious how that paradigm plays out in Europe.

Thanks!

Cheers, Lehi

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