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.
11 June 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 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, medical cards, 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.
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 Hinsdale County, Colorado.
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.
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09 June 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: