The New Global Student: Skip the SAT, Save Thousands on Tuition, and Get a Truly International Education


Good-bye, Old School. Hello, Bold School!

In 2005, Maya Frost and her husband sold everything and left their suburban American lifestyle behind in order to have an adventure abroad. The tricky part: they had to shepherd their four teenage daughters through high school and into college. This hilarious and conspiratorial how-to handbook describes the affordable, accessible, and stunningly advantageous options they stumbled upon that any American ...

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Good-bye, Old School. Hello, Bold School!

In 2005, Maya Frost and her husband sold everything and left their suburban American lifestyle behind in order to have an adventure abroad. The tricky part: they had to shepherd their four teenage daughters through high school and into college. This hilarious and conspiratorial how-to handbook describes the affordable, accessible, and stunningly advantageous options they stumbled upon that any American student can leverage to get an outrageously relevant global education.

Ready to ditch the drama of the traditional hypercompetitive SAT/AP/GPA path? Meet the bold American students who are catapulting into the global economy at twenty with a red-hot college diploma, sizzling 21st-century skills, a blazing sense of direction–and no debt.

You’ll discover:
• the one thing preventing your student from blasting forward
• why Advanced Placement isn’t so advanced
• why international programs fail to provide a truly global education
• the most critical time for your student to study abroad
• the best exchange program in the world ($3,000 or less per year)
• the strategic way to fast-forward through high school
• how to maximize a family sabbatical
• how to live the life of your dreams abroad–and save thousands for college

Packed with myth-busting facts, laughable loopholes, insider insights, astonishing success stories, and poignant tales from the Frost daughters themselves, this inspiring romp is guaranteed to get you cheering.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Tremendous insight....Essential reading for any family yearning to step off the treadmill and plunge into the world.”
—Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of A Whole New Mind

“Maya’s book lays out clearly and simply how our kids are going to be living as America's First Global Citizens.”
—John Zogby, President/CEO of Zogby International and author of The Way We’ll be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream

"If we want our kids—and our country--to thrive in the global economy, we need to follow the excellent advice in this inspiring book."
—Bill Bartmann, Billionaire Business Coach

"This book is chock-full of fresh ideas."
—Peg Tyre, author of The Trouble With Boys: A Surprising Report Card On Our Sons, Their Problems at School and What Parents & Educators Must Do

"The New Global Student recognizes the truth of the American kindergarten through college education conveyor belt–-it is preparing children for the last century's economy…This inspiring guide shows the way to prepare students for full, satisfying, and self-directed lives. Parents owe it to their children to read this book."
—Bob Compton, Venture capitalist, Executive producer of the documentary, "Two Million Minutes: A Global Examination"

"The New Global Student offers an adventurous, grab-life-by-the-collar alternative to the traditional teenage rat race. Frost's lively prose and the students' eye-opening testimonials make this unorthodox guide a brisk and pleasurable read."
—Dan Brown, author of The Great Expectations School: A Rookie Year in the New Blackboard Jungle

“Depressed about college applications and costs? The New Global Student will lift your spirits. It's smart, practical and fun. I guarantee it will make a difference."
—Peter Benson, Ph.D., author of Sparks: How Parents Can Help Ignite the Hidden Strengths of Teenagers

"Maya Frost may sound like a wacky mom who yanked her family somewhere south of the border. But once you read her engaging, witty and above all practical book, you realize: She's you...if you only took a step back and considered: what kind of life would really help my kids, my bank account and my family's future?”
—Lenore Skenazy, author, Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry

“The globalization of higher education is shaping a new borderless innovation economy in which talent, opportunities and resources can come from anywhere. The New Global Student provides a timely manual for those with the foresight to ride these waves of change and opportunity.”
—John Kao, author, Innovation Nation and Chairman, Institute for Large Scale Innovation

“Frost's book serves as a refreshing antidote to the uninspired, expensive, and challenge-averse educational offerings of the day. Never have students and parents needed its bold, possibility-affirming message more than now.”
—Bill Farren, Founder, Education For Well-being

“Some books inspire, some inform, others convince or rouse the reader to action. The New Global Student does all this while being funny, smart, and a joy to read. In the midst of the whirlwind of stress and expectation that surrounds parents and children as college approaches, Maya Frost’s voice whispers: There is another way.
—Dale McGowan, author/editor, Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers

“Maya Frost is like Dr. Spock for a new generation of paranoid parents…This irrepressible book blows open doors and gets you moving in a whole new direction. Truly a lifesaver.”
—Karen Maezen Miller, author, Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood

“Get your hands on Maya Frost’s The New Global Student. It will open your eyes, get your heart pounding and your mind racing, and maybe set you off on the adventure of a lifetime.”
—Eric Maisel, Creativity for Life and Coaching the Artist Within

"With wit and wisdom, Maya Frost gives us a refreshing look at opportunities unknown to many of us. She offers a bold new way to help our kids discover their passions, develop their talents, and become successful leaders in our ever-changing global economy."
—Jim Fay, Co-founder, Love and Logic Institute, Inc.

“A terrific resource…Maya Frost firmly validates a parent’s choice to give their children a chance to experience life in another culture.”
—Robin Pascoe, author of Raising Global Nomads: Parenting Abroad in an On-Demand World

“Maya Frost's unconventional approach to international education got me thinking about new avenues – particularly to address my own teenage daughters' interests. As I read The New Global Student I found myself sharing its concepts with other parents whose children would like to pursue non-traditional paths for learning about the world and engaging in it.”
—Homa Sabet Tavangar, author, Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World

Library Journal

Faced with the prospect of having three children in college at the same time, Frost and her family decided to bypass the paradigm of higher education in the United States. Through trial and error (and no small amount of boldness), all four of her children received a global education that inspired them to get started on their career passions faster, and less expensively, than their peers on traditional education tracks. This book not only tells the story of how they (and others) did it but also provides a strong argument for approaching education this way. Frost's prose is engaging, and she frequently illustrates her points with the stories of successful young adults in their own voices. She also offers advice for parents who may feel overwhelmed or pressured to conform by their neighbors and families, addressing many of the situations they may find themselves in should they choose to take their children's education in a nontraditional, global direction.
—Anna Creech

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307450623
  • Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
  • Publication date: 5/19/2009
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 786,514
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

MAYA FROST is a writer, researcher, and teacher. She lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Visit her online at
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  • Posted June 27, 2010

    Money-Saving, Eye-Opening Guide for Astute Parents & Students!

    After reading a library copy of Maya's book, I'm now buying my own to use as a continued reference over the next several years of my teen daughter's education. The author freely admits that all of the innovative methods she describes aren't for every student. It's for open-minded, proactive readers who know their student to decide which are and which aren't. Just one useful tip that's implemented, however, can potentially impact your family's educational budget & your student's debt commitment while changing a young person's life and future for the better in ways you and the student probably haven't even imagined! Many of Maya's ideas have been closely-guarded secrets, since higher education in the U.S. is a job-laden & profitable industry full of vested interests seeking to retain their gatekeeper status. She informs readers very clearly and even entertainingly (with many widely-varied students' personal success stories) about how to navigate and sometimes circumvent the established system to acquire the most valuable academic and life-experience credentials--and even more importantly, a truly useful, in-depth global perspective & education--in the most time-efficient and cost-effective ways. A great resource for parents and students to have on your bookshelf, refer to often, and overcome your "fego" (fear and ego) to ACTUALLY USE!

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