The Village: Want to learn French in the streets?

If you’ve not experienced learning a foreign language where its native speakers are everywhere, the first few days on The Village can be kind of overwhelming. Mostly our students are new to French or they’ve had a year in high school or a college semester. Suddenly, they’ve got a whole world around them speaking a language they’ve just begun. The temptation to crawl under a rock and hide is real. Just as the desire to let someone else do the talking for you can and does kick in.  That’s why our French faculty get you going on the basics and then send you out into the living language laboratory that’s all around The Village. And if it’s not always easy, we do know that our students report a pretty real surge in self confidence together with their first forays into learning French in our streets.

 

 

Study Abroad and Finances: How to Afford Europe

Money is the number one reason why most students don’t study abroad.  How else do you explain that more than half of all college-bound seniors will report that they plan to do a study-abroad program and yet only 3% of them actually do it? Money is the key.LONDON - MARCH 17: The Big Ben. The London 'Underground' logo will be used for other transportation systems - has been announced by Transport for London (TfL), taken March 17, 2011 in London

The cost of a four-year education in the USA has increased so dramatically in the last decade that students have little choice but to worry about money.  Plenty of global programs fuel these concerns even more.  A hugely popular summer program based in just one European city is priced out for this year about $13,500 for six weeks.  Meanwhile, full-semester programs based in France are pricing for this year at almost $30,000.  Looking at price tags like this, it’s pretty clear why so many students end early their dreams to study abroad.

That’s where Globalizedu is so different.

  • Our programs have the most dynamic range of classes offered by any university of organization.
  • Our programs select classroom cities and program locations that are at the heart of how and why we teach
  • Our programs are priced out so that students who want to study with us can afford it
  • We offer scholarship support to every single student who needs our help to study abroad.
  • We offer both a summer and a fall semester way to learn abroad, so that our students can schedule their academic dreams abroad to fit in with the realities of their busy lives at home.

Our fall semester program is called The Village.  It offers up to 18 credit hours and runs each fall in Europe for about three months.  The cost of The Village is $9899 with an estimated $3000-$3500 more needed to fund your plane ticket, additional meals and independent travel. That totals out at about $13,000 for everything. Done. Except The Village is a Globalizedu program, and that means we do much more than just teach you in one location.  On The Village, our students live and learn in a 1000 year old monastery in a charming town in France’s Loire Valley, yes. But they also move to central Paris and use the city as a roaming classroom for an entire week.  Then they take an additional week with one of our special JOURNEY courses and travel to stay and learn in Dublin, London or Munich. In short, we offer more learning and more travel than our competition and we do it for less than half what they charge.

10663192_273082456214964_1373455890_oMeanwhile our summer program, The Catalyst, offers exceptional value too. The Catalyst uses four classroom cities that are central to all of the classes we teach in them: London, Paris, Berlin and Prague. We stay in each city for a week, so our students learn their way around Europe’s great cities while they also move their degree plans ahead. To help them see and do even more, we include a Eurail pass in The Catalyst price. The cost of The Catalyst is $6099 plus an estimated $2500 to $3000 more for additional food, international plane ticket and independent travel plans. At around $9000 for everything, it’s no mystery why our alumni call this program “The Best 6 Credits Ever!”

Even though our programs offer so much for such a reasonable price, Globalizedu recognizes that study-abroad is still en extra investment for our students and our families. To afford even our programs can be a stretch. We get that.  Here are the ways to make the stretch become the best investment you ever make:

  • Meet with your Financial Aid office and tell them you want to do one of our programs.  Your aid specialist can look at your FAFSA and speak to you candidly about the level of support you can expect to study with Globalizedu on either of our programs.
  • Look at every kind of government and non government loan available to your situation, and speak to your parents about how much you want to study abroad and how much it might mean to you if they agree to co-sign a special loan to make it all happen.
  • Do research online and through your own home university to see what scholarships might be available to you.
  • Look at your own budget and the time you have until our program leaves. Can you work and save funds to help you cover your additional costs?
  • Canvas your family and close family friends to see if somebody in your circle might be a frequent flier with a miles bank full of miles s/he could possibly donate to a worthy college kid (you) to make her/his study-abroad dreams become a reality.
  • Apply for one of Henry Douglas Mackaman Memorial Scholarship. In most years, every student who applies for one of our scholarships gets at least $500. For The Village, average awards have been at around $1000 with some students receiving $2000 scholarships.  For The Catalyst, our awards have averaged abound $500 with some students receiving $1000 awards.
  • If you’re at UWF, apply for one of the special scholarships set up to help students do The Catalyst or The Village.

The final thing to consider as you weigh your finances and your study-abroad dreams is what you’re going to be spending anyway if you stay home.  In the fall semester, we know that UWF’s cost of attendance for students living on campus is set at about $10,600.  So the true cost of The Village might better be seen as the financial gap between what staying home is going to cost you anyway versus going abroad.  With no scholarship help at all, that gap is less than $2500.  Assuming you apply for our scholarships and get the minimum we would ever give–$500–your gap closes to a total of just $2000. And what the summer? If you don’t come on The Catalyst, you’re still going to have cost of living expenses. Your car. Your apartment. Your fun money. And what about taking six hours of classes? All of those elements will add up to more than you might think. On The Catalyst, you’re in Europe, earning the 6 credits and making SURE that you won’t be any credits short to graduate.  An important benefit of The Catalyst for many students is that last point. By coming with us, you guarantee that you won’t be the one in your friend group who somehow muffed your degree plan and has to take an extra semester of classes at full cost.Students at montrichrd castle

Mark Twain might have looked at the gap between what you will spend to be on a Globalizedu program versus what staying home might cost and offered you one of his better lines: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream, Discover.”

The Village Radio: A Podcast from the Grape Harvest of 2014

Autumn in the fields of the Loire Valley signals the season of harvest and the continuation of a vine-to-wine tradition that dates back to before the Romans were here. Listen to the story…