© 2024 Connecticut Public

FCC Public Inspection Files:
WPKT · WRLI-FM · WEDW-FM · Public Files Contact
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

U.S. students turn to Europe to earn affordable degrees


OK - early-decision deadlines are approaching for some schools, and students are thinking about which college might be right for them - also, which they can afford.


Several years ago, we reported on Americans choosing cheaper university educations overseas.

Listener Liza Miezejeski was a high school student in Connecticut at that time, and that story affected her, as she explained in a popular TikTok video.


LIZA MIEZEJESKI: Once it came to high school and everybody was looking at university, I was just kind of like - I didn't have that same excitement, I think, as most people for university until I heard this interview. And I was like, whoa, that is, like, totally something that I would do.

MARTIN: Miezejeski says she did consider schools in the U.S.


MIEZEJESKI: OK, yeah, I could go to frat parties and football games, which I've kind of been doing, like, in high school anyway. And like, it's not that different - as much fun as it sounds. But I could also get an education that's affordable and unique and will make me stand out and will give me an experience that, like, for me, was just way beyond what I would get in the U.S.

INSKEEP: Miezejeski is 22 now and finishing her European education. She studied in Prague and then stayed to earn a master's degree for 4,000 euros, which is just a little bit more in U.S. dollars. Unlike a lot of her former classmates, she's going to graduate debt-free.

MARTIN: As you can tell, Miezejeski has become something of an advocate for an international education.


MIEZEJESKI: Yeah, you're moving to a country, and you don't - maybe don't know everything about the country. You maybe don't know the language. But there are English-taught programs all over the world - I guarantee, like, at least one in every country, if not multiple. Like, there's no shortage of English-taught programs. So if you choose a country that you're like, this is where I want to live, or if you choose a school that you're like, this is the program, just do as much research as you can and early on.

INSKEEP: Sounds like a plan for college or for life. Do some research, and then take a leap.

(SOUNDBITE OF TEEN DAZE'S "NEW DESTINATION") Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Stand up for civility

This news story is funded in large part by Connecticut Public’s Members — listeners, viewers, and readers like you who value fact-based journalism and trustworthy information.

We hope their support inspires you to donate so that we can continue telling stories that inform, educate, and inspire you and your neighbors. As a community-supported public media service, Connecticut Public has relied on donor support for more than 50 years.

Your donation today will allow us to continue this work on your behalf. Give today at any amount and join the 50,000 members who are building a better—and more civil—Connecticut to live, work, and play.