Josh is a former US Marine from Florida who now studies International Relations at the University of Warsaw in Poland. His first international exposure came during his years of overseas duty. His posting to the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group really increased his interest in higher education and stoked a desire for continued international experiences. He also met his now-wife while serving at the US Embassy in Warsaw. Josh’s studies are financed through the GI Bill which, until recently, I didn’t realize could be used to fund grad school in Europe (more info here)!
- Through their service, they’ve gained international exposure.
- They tend to be older and more mature than typical college students in the US.
- Their benefits really are confined to state schools in which they live or have residency, since $23,672 won’t go very far for towards out of state or private school tuition.
- They also tend to know what they want to study, so Gen Ed requirements may seem like a waste of time.
- Their experience in the military has taught the skills needed to deal with bureaucratic processes that are often involved in studying abroad.
What Are the Benefits Under the GI Bill?
Post 9/11 bill-varies based on the amount of time served after 9/11. Those who had active duty for 3 months get 40% of benefits up to those who served for 3 years who get 100% of benefits.
100% of benefits include:
- Full tuition for in state and up to $23,672 for out of state or private or international (vets can get in state tuition where they live or have official residence).
- $1,000 per year for books.
- $1,650 monthly living allowance.
Here are examples of programs that might be interesting to vets that are covered by the GI Bill:
Program: Master’s in Cyber Security
The curriculum is designed to provide higher education in the extremely hot field of Cyber Security, integrating software development and IT systems administration. Graduates of this curriculum will be able to independently design, operate and manage secure IT systems. Cyber security personnel are in high demand right now. The unemployment rate in the field is 0% and there are estimates that there will be 3.5 million unfilled positions in 2021.
Tuition: 6,000 EUR per year (How much in Dollars?)
Duration: 2 years
Income Outlook: $102,000 annual salary
Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark
Program: Master’s in Business Administration and Information Systems-Data Science
Here’s a first hand report on Jenn’s visit to Copenhagen Business School. CBS is one of the top business schools in Europe. In this program through a mix of theory and hands-on exercises, you will learn to design, develop, implement, test and document technical business data analytics solutions to support organizational processes and/or satisfy business needs by using data analytics oriented programming languages (such as Python, R), Big data platforms (such as Hadoop, Spark) and open source technologies. You will work with visual, text and predictive analytic techniques including latest methodologies from data mining, machine learning and deep learning in order to transform Big data sets into business assets. This is a very hot field for jobs in the coming years.
Tuition: 15,200 EUR per year
Duration: 2 years
Salary Outlook: $117,345 annual salary
How Can Beyond the States Help?
Currently, 214 of the 743 schools in our database accept the GI Bill and we are learning about more schools that do all the time, so this number will only continue to increase. That’s over 3,300 master’s programs to choose from that accept the GI Bill today in our database, along with all the information to make the process of getting to grad school in Europe much more manageable.