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Studying a Postgrad Program in Connecticut

Postgrad Study in ConnecticutThe State of Connecticut has a population of approximately 3.6 million people, and is located in New England the northern side of New York on the East Coast of the United States of America. While Connecticut is only a stone’s throw away from one of the busiest and largest cities in the US, it has been highly ranked among the safest place to live and study in the United States. This has made Connecticut a state of choice for many postgrad students and families who want to enjoy all the benefits of Connecticut while at the same time being within reach of New York City.Connecticut also has good transport links and proximity to other US cities such as Washington DC and Boston, Massachusetts, which further boosts its popularity.

Where can you study a postgrad program in Connecticut?

Depending on the program you are interested in, there are many universities to choose from in Connecticut that all offer high-quality education. You should have confidence that the quality of postgrad education in Connecticut is superior to most and usually sets the standard for other universities across the United States. Connecticut boasts of one of the most impressive education profiles – indeed the State of Connecticut has made a name for itself for having the first law school in the USA. The world-renowned Yale University is based in New Haven, Connecticut, and there are other great higher learning institutions that Connecticut has to offer. Some of the most respected colleges and universities in Connecticut offering postgrad programs include the University of Connecticut, which is a public higher learning institution that has got an astounding postgrad population of approximately 8,000 students. It is one of the most accredited public institutions in terms of research, and it also has six campuses. Another great option in Connecticut is the Wesleyan University, a college specialising in liberal arts that has a good number of students enrolled for PhD courses in science and mathematics subjects. Other good options include Quinnipiac University; Fairfield University; Central Connecticut State University; and of course Yale University.

Tuition fees & living costs in Connecticut

The estimated annual tuition fees and living costs for a postgraduate student in Connecticut are as follows:

Housing (on campus) – $8,600 (off campus) – $12,000
Transport - $2,150
Academic Books/Study Aids - $1,400
Extras/Personal Costs – $2,280
Tuition Fees - $38,500

Total cost = $64,930*

*These figures are estimated by Yale University, other less prestigious Connecticut universities will have lower tuition fees. Most overseas students opt to live in their university’s hall of residence to cut costs. The halls are very modern and contain amenities such as the gym, swimming pool, and other recreational amenities. Some postgrad students, however, choose to secure private accommodation but universities usually advise their students on the best places to live.

Applications & admissions for international students 

If you are an international student wishing to study in America there are various applications and admissions procedures that you will need to follow. Before you travel to the US to study in one of the universities in the State of Connecticut, you will need first to request for a non-immigrant visa. The F-1 visa is the most popular visa that allows you to study at any of the US accredited universities or colleges. In order to apply for a student visa for a postgrad program in the State of Connecticut, you will first have to fill an application form which you can download from the United States Embassy website and attach the requires documentation which includes proof of acceptance from a US university, evidence of financial security and you academic qualifications. You may also have to attend an interview in your home country’s US embassy. If you are from a non-English speaking country you will also have to provide proof of English language proficiency via an English language test such as TOEFL or IELTS.

Interesting connecticut alumni

There are many interesting alumni from universities in Connecticut – and in particular the University of Connecticut itself. These include: Donny Marshall – TV sports broadcaster and former NBA player for Connecticut; Moby – music artist studied Philosophy; Meg Ryan – Actress studied journalism; and Kim Zolciak – The Real Housewives of Atlanta participant studied nursing.

Student case study

Speaking of his time at the University of Connecticut, one student explained,  “Find friends that are willing to help support you academically as its one of those schools where professors aren’t there to baby you. Help each other out and you’ll be better for it.”

What can you do in Connecticut when you’re not studying?

Most of the cities in Connecticut can be described as university towns thanks to the large student population from both the US and other countries in the world, making it the state of choice for postgrad studies.

As a postgrad student, you will most likely settle in Hartford, Haven or in nearby suburbs. New Haven has a rich cultural scene and a vibrant nightlife that provides students with some of the best hangout options. Students are also sure to love the many historical sites that carry almost all of Connecticut’s secrets! Summers are fun and full of music festivals that add a little more sparkle to the already fun lifestyle of Connecticut.

Transport is very affordable and convenient with functional public transport systems and many miles of cycle roads that are ideal for students.

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