As many as 1,037,354 international students came to the U.S. to study at American colleges and universities in 2016, according to an analysis of student data, College Factual says. Ready to go abroad and join the hundreds of thousands of international students experiencing American culture every year? Check out the American colleges below that offer study abroad programs in some of the most exciting U.S. cities.
New York, NY at NYU
Ranking second on Great Value Colleges list of 30 Colleges with the Best Study Abroad Programs When Cost Isn’t an Object for 2017 through 2018 is New York University (NYU) in New York City. NYU is a private university in the most popular city in the United States. More than 50 million people visit New York City every year, and more than 8 million people reside in the city year-round.
As an exchange student looking to spend a college semester abroad in the U.S., NYU study abroad programs are a great place to start looking. Not only is NYU centered in the most famous U.S. city, but NYU is also the U.S. college with the highest number of international students in America. In September 2017, 20 percent of the first-year class at NYU were Non-U.S. citizens.
Study here if: You’re looking for an adventure in a city full of hustle and bustle.
Durham, NC at Duke University
A mid-sized private university in Durham, North Carolina, Duke University is located in one of the smaller U.S. cities, but that doesn’t make it any less attractive to study abroad in. Duke ranked ninth in the 2018 edition of Best Colleges, according to U.S. News, and both the campus and city it’s located in are full of activities.
The city of Durham has a suburban feel but offers all the shopping, dining, and entertainment an international college student could hope for. There are also plenty of options for nightlife, and outdoor activities exploring nature. Some must-see locations in this college city are the Bennett Place State Historic Site, American Tobacco, the Brightleaf District, and Carolina Theatre.
Study abroad here if: You’re looking for a calmer, suburban vibe.
Seattle, WA at University of Washington
If you’re looking for a less expensive city to study abroad at in the U.S., check out the University of Washington study abroad programs. This college located in Seattle, Washington has programs for international exchange students starting as low as $775 including airfare, according to Great Value Colleges.
A public research university founded in 1861, the University of Washington has multiple campuses and hundreds of degree options (579 to be exact!). Ranked #10 on the list of Best Places to Live by U.S. News, not only is the University of Washington welcoming to incoming exchange students and has plenty of educational programs to offer, but the city of Seattle itself is one of the best.
Study here if: You want to be in a city surrounded by mountains and water.
Los Angeles, CA at University of California-Los Angeles
Better known as UCLA, the University of California-Los Angeles is a large public school located in one of the most popular U.S. cities in southern California. Welcoming students from all over the world, including students from more than 80 countries, according to USA Today College, UCLA is full of diversity.
Aside from the university campus, the city of Los Angeles is equally as exciting and diverse. According to Discover Los Angeles, the 75-mile Los Angeles County Coastline is home to Southern California’s greatest beaches. The city is also full of arts and culture and is home to various museums and exhibits. Also known for the shopping, iconic landmarks and attractions, and outdoor recreation, if you join the UCLA study abroad program, you’ll find there’s always something to do in and around the university campus.
Study abroad here if: You love the beach and sunshine.
Philadelphia, PA at University of Pennsylvania
With students from over 100 countries attending the University of Pennsylvania, also known as UPenn, international students are likely to easily fit right in. Right now, UPenn suggests that international students make up approximately 18.8 percent of the total student population at the university, and that number is only expected to grow. According to USA Today College, international students who attend UPenn can anticipate tuition of about $50,000 per year.
The university, located in the city of Philadelphia, offers a small town feel nestled within the large, bustling historic city. In fact, Philadelphia, which has been around since 1682, holds tons of history and can even be considered the birthplace of America. Tour Independence Hall, snap a selfie with the Liberty Bell, or pose with the famous Rocky statue to capture some of the history before indulging in an authentic Philly cheesesteak.
Study abroad here if: You’re looking for a smaller city rich with history.
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