26 November 2015
In the US, students can expect to pay around $10,000 a year in fees, healthcare, insurance and rent. This is why young Americans are seeking to obtain a degree abroad, particularly in Germany.
In a recent BBC Magazine report, Franz Strasser visited Germany to speak to a number of US citizens who chose Germany as their place of study for the next few years, including Katherine Burlingame who is getting her Master's degree in Cottbus, East Germany.
'A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Katherine spent less than €500 ($570) a month in Cottbus, which included housing, transportation and healthcare. On top of that she received a monthly scholarship by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Council) of €750 ($815) which more than covered her costs. "When I found out that just like Germans I'm studying for free, it was sort of mind blowing," Katherine says. "I realised how easy the admission process was and how there was no tuition fee. This was a wow moment for me."
She added 'I can't imagine ever thinking that my children one day are going to end up in thousands and thousands of dollars in debt when they can come to Germany and have no debt and you can live so cheaply as a student.'
Strasser also visited a student studying at the Technical University of Munich and discovered that had the student stayed and studied in his hometown of South Carolina, he would have paid roughly $9,500 more than he does in Germany.
So with the number of US students migrating to Germany for their studies, who can they turn to for a smooth, effective and affordable transition? Well, the website you're currently visiting will give you a clue.
Seven Seas Worldwide has long been the first choice for many students because we've been in the moving business for two decades and know all about the emotional upheaval of an important move at such a young age. This will probably be their first time, breaking away from home, away from the family dynamic and facing up to independence and adulthood. And if they choose to do that abroad, expect the emotional levels to be cranked up a little more.
With Seven Seas Worldwide, you can expect a range of services designed to meet the needs of students in the US. We have new and revolutionary methods to help move personal belongings and household goods from A to B. If you're a student in the US, weighing up the options of a move abroad, check out the Students section of the website and see how we can help you today. Or get a free quote now via our easy-to-use freight calculator.
27 May 2015
The last thing you want to think about as you head towards the summer break is the logistics of moving your stuff from A to B. Nevertheless, it's something that needs to be addressed as you hand in your last essay, sit your final exams and pay your last visit to the student union bar.
As experts in international shipping, we know a thing or two about how to pack for the next move, whether you're returning home or moving onto new student digs. First of all, you need to prioritise, so make sure you put into a box all the essentials such as tea and coffee-making facilities, cups, cutlery, toiletries - basically all the things that you need to get your hands on straight away as soon as you arrive to make you feel human again, that your life isn't confined to boxes anymore. It's a psychological thing as well as a logistical thing.
It's important to have all university-related admin in a single box too such as the documentation you needed to become a student in the first place (passport, academic certificates, NHS medical card, job references, accommodation documents, etc.) so you're not rooting around for anything at the last minute.
If you find yourself weighted down with study books or other similarly heavy items such as framed posters and DVD collections, we suggest leaving a few things in storage. After all, if you're going back to your family home, your parents aren't going to be too happy at seeing your bulkier items propped up behind every door in the house or squeezed into that cupboard under the stairs. It's also a good idea to put your winter items in storage too. Providing climate change doesn't completely rob us of a summer in the UK this year, you're not going to need that fleece.
Keep all digital equipment together and make sure they all have their relevant chargers, adaptors and assorted leads. We've all been there, energetically tapping away on our laptops and suddenly noticing a red empty battery symbol in the corner of our eye, followed by the realisation that the power lead is over a friends' house. In Abergavenny.
Our final piece of advice is make sure that whoever you're moving with has an international transport network in place and a successful track record. Like us. Seven Seas Worldwide has a specialised student shipping service to help transport your belongings and baggage from A to B.
Take a look below at the regions we cover and see how we can help you:
15 April 2015
As students, you face a lot of drama in your lives, balancing academia and independence on a day-to-day basis, and the last thing you need is added concerns about moving back home come the end of the semester. It's the unavoidable logistical headache to round off a punishing term.
However, as the promise of hot weather looms on the horizon, you're going to have to think about where your stuff's going to go for the summer break. Luckily, we know a thing or two about prioritising.
If you've accumulated one too many items during your study time such as framed film posters, big essay books, homely ornaments or - God forbid - an acoustic guitar, you're going to need to make a list. We don't know your parents, but we're going to hazard a guess they don't want their houses filled with clutter - and let's face it, neither do you. So our advice is make a list of all the items you will definitely need for the summer. The rest will have to be put into storage.
Now there a lot of diabolical companies out there that charge a fortune for what is essentially empty space, so be wise and shop around for bargains and student discounts. More about that later.
Remember to approach packing with the same method as when the trip was reversed - put all important admin stuff such as passport, academic certificates and accommodation documents into one box - and label it. And in this ever changing technological age where if we were going on a picnic, we'd remember to pack three chargers but forget any food, it's a good idea to put all your devices, leads, adaptors and memory sticks together in one specific box too. Oh and always be wary of how much you're putting in a box; it's going to be difficult to embrace the summer with a slipped disc.
Once you've decided what to take and what to store and successfully packed both categories into sturdy cardboard boxes, it's time to start shopping around for a good deal on storage.
And talking of a good deal on storage, may we throw our hat into the ring? Seven Seas Worldwide has introduced a revolutionary approach to storage whereby we can come to your door to collect your goods instead of you overloading your car or renting a van. With Seven Seas Worldwide, you'd never have to visit a storage facility again. Think about that for a moment. Take a look below at the regions we cover and see how we can help you:
27 August 2013
Now the envelopes have been opened, the grades digested and placements accepted, it’s time to think about putting your belongings in a box and packing for university. As experts in international shipping, we know a thing or two about how to pack.
Remember the most important things to take are the items that show how fascinating you are: Framed film posters with iconic designs, ukuleles, backpacking mementos and thick essays by intellectuals (you don’t have to read them).
Alternatively, you can just leave all that baggage behind (except the ukulele which you should smash to bits), and concentrate on essentials. One box should be labelled a ‘lifesaver box’ and filled with items you need straight away such as tea and coffee-making facilities, cutlery, toiletries and a corkscrew (optional).
Pack another box with admin because the first week is going to be rather dull and entail a fair bit of queuing before you get your half-smiling, half-blinking image printed onto an ID card. Make sure you have your passport, academic certificates, bank details, NHS medical card, job references, accommodation documents and anything else relevant to your move/degree.
Don’t weigh your boxes down with study books. In fact, don’t weigh your boxes down with anything you can purchase at the other end. Upon arrival, give yourself plenty of time to bed in and do a little shopping, both for your new home and for your studies. And despite the fact we’ve had a very good summer, remember to pack warm and woolly items of clothing for the first few semesters.
If you’re taking laptops and other digital equipment, you might need extension leads, adaptors and memory sticks. Oh and it doesn't hurt (all puns intended) to take some first aid with you such as plasters and paracetamol.
Now you have your boxes packed and ready to go, all you need to think about is moving them. That’s where we come in. If you’re moving to a university within the same country, Seven Seas Worldwide has a specific student removals service to help transport your belongings and baggage from A to B, door-to-door, no fuss. If you have a lot of boxes, you can arrange for collection using one of our MoveCubes – a rather splendid trailer/vehicle thing that can hold the contents of an entire flat. We can handle all kinds of student shipping, in fact, and we can even pick up, store and then drop off your stuff for you with our student storage service. Awesome.
Seven Seas Worldwide also has a global network of depots which makes us a top choice among international students. Grab a free online quote to see what we can do to make your move to university a bit easier.
And actually, if he offers familiarity and reassurance, you can take Teddy if you want.
29 July 2013
So it's time for your gap year; that exciting sabbatical of travelling overseas for fun, adventure, education and many varied life experiences. But as any knowledgeable backpacker will tell you, there's a lot of preparation to do before you even hand in your final paper. So how do you ensure a smooth journey? Well, you can't. You're a gap year student - something always goes wrong. And very often, these moments will be your funniest anecdotes. But here at Seven Seas Worldwide, we'll do our best to offer as much advice and guidance as we can to keep your anecdote-level low.
Gap Year Luggage
If a backpack is your chosen gap year luggage (and let's face it, a wheeled suitcase is going to be a nightmare to drag through the jungles of Peru), make sure you don't pack too much. Remember, you'll be carrying this thing everywhere and no matter how young and fit you may be, a heavy backpack is going to cause strain on your back and elsewhere. Oh and make sure you buy a reliable and sturdy yet comfortable backpack, one with a belt for the waist as well as straps for the arms to lend that extra support when trekking about. And don't slouch. Plus if your gap year travel involves 'roughing it', make sure your rucksack is big enough to accommodate a sleeping bag as well as all other essentials.
With the rucksack as your main piece of gap year luggage, you're going to need to be more ruthless than you would be for a regular holiday. Very often, when packing a suitcase, we'll stuff down the side an extra pair of shorts or a T-shirt or toiletries or a makeup item 'just in case I need it'. With gap year travel, this sort of thinking should be avoided. If you're not sure you're going to use it, leave it at home. A lot of items such as toiletries, clothes and makeup can be purchased while abroad. These aren't essentials.
However these are...
Gap Year Travel Essentials
Here's a list of items you should certainly have in your rucksack. You may want to make a note of these and tick them off as you pack. Peace of mind at the airport and all that.
- Bank cards
- Mobile phone
- Flight tickets
- Accommodation details
- Sun lotion
- Insect repellent
- Notepad and pen
- Nondescript clothes allowing you to mix-and-match
- Painkillers, aspirin, etc.
Once you have these items ready, be sure to evenly distribute them around the rucksack so it doesn't feel lopsided. Rucksacks also have this habit of pushing the most hard-edged item into your back so make sure items are placed carefully or wrapped in something soft like your sleeping bag or some clothes.
Packing for a Gap Year
Right. You're good to go.
As you weave your way through your chosen destinations, absorbing the local cultures and customs, you may find yourself accumulating more stuff than when you first packed, such as souvenirs, gifts and extra food/toiletry/clothing items. What do you when the sheer volume of your gap year luggage exceeds your expectations? Well, without wishing to sound too biased, speak to us. Okay, it sounds a bit biased but hear us out.
Seven Seas Worldwide is fast becoming the first choice for students all over the globe because we're safe, efficient, affordable and very nice on the phone. If you find yourself in a pickle with your gap year luggage while overseas, Seven Seas Worldwide can collect, ship and deliver your items back home, door-to-door, with very little fuss. In fact, we can be there for every eventuality; maybe you want to send your items ahead of you at the start of your gap year or perhaps send a gift package back home? Talk to us today about our excess baggage service, and take a look at our range of amazing student shipping services (including collect and store student storage which is perfect for all the other stuff you might accumulate). Oh and check out our instant online shipping quote engine to see just how affordable we are.