Student’s guide to studying abroad: New York

Many international students choose to study in the USA because of its stellar reputation as a world leader in education. In fact, the USA has the world’s largest international student population.New York is one of the most iconic parts of the USA and is an attractive prospect for students wanting to study in the USA. It’s easy to see why, with the state of New York being home to two Ivy League schools. 

Why study in New York?

Many international students are attracted to studying in New York because of the multicultural population, ethnic neighbourhoods, stunning scenery and buzzing atmosphere. Especially in New York City – the city that never sleeps. Because of the many different cultures, languages and ethnicities of people living, working and studying in New York, a lot of international students feel comfortable settling in.There is such a wide range of universities and colleges to choose from, that there is a perfect institution for every different student. From world-renowned research based universities to smaller, subject specific universities, no matter what subject or course you’re interested in studying, you’ll find the right place for you.The landscape in the state of New York is diverse too. You can choose to live and study in a busy, bustling urban city such as New York City, or a quieter more rural town such as Cortland. A lot of students who are thinking about studying in New York have two main concerns; where to study in New York and whether it’s affordable.If you’re thinking about taking up study in New York, here are some key things you need to know. 

Where to study in New York

There are a number of public universities in New York that are listed on the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017. These include:

  • University at Buffalo
  • Stony Brook University
  • University at Albany
  • Binghamton University
  • University of Rochester
  • Syracuse University

There are a wealth of universities, schools and colleges that are all geared towards different subjects or majors. Where you choose to study in New York should reflect the type of course you want to do, how you like to study and what kind of work you’re looking for after you graduate.If you’re looking at studying in New York City there are a range of reputable universities to choose from, such as:

  • Columbia University
  • Fordham University
  • New York University
  • The New School
  • The City University of New York

It’s worth noting that public universities are significantly cheaper to attend than private universities. Private universities, especially Ivy League schools, also have notoriously low acceptance rates. 

Is it affordable?

New York City is the 4th most expensive city in the world to live in. And New York City is the most expensive city in the USA to live in. For example, accommodation can be very expensive, especially if you are not living in student halls. There are ways to cut down on expenses such as house sharing, but it’s still a large expenditure. However, there are a range of other cities and smaller towns that you can live and study in apart from New York City, where the cost of living is lower.For more information on where to study in the USA, or for more specific information on universities in New York, contact us at IEC Abroad today.