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Studying a Postgrad Program in New York

Located in the Northeastern region of the United States, New York is the 27th largest state in America and has a population of 19.8 million people. It is home to New York City, the most populous city in the US with an approximate population of 8.55 residents. New York City is regarded as a global city as well as the world’s financial and cultural capital and a centre for international diplomacy with the United Nations making it its headquarters. By choosing to study your postgrad program in New York, you’ve picked one of the world’s largest economic hubs. In addition, you’ll never be short of places to visit. The state is home to world-famous US symbol —the Statue of Liberty. Unlike the urban landscape of New York City, most of the state is a combination of natural beauty including mountains, forests, rivers, lakes and meadows as well as farming activities. Additionally, it holds the biggest state park in the US, the Adirondack Park. The state of New York is surrounded by several US states including Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. It is also bounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Erie, the Canadian province of Ontario, Lake Ontario, and the Canadian province of Quebec.

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Where can you study a postgrad program in New York?

The state of New York has a world-famous status as a centre for excellence in different industries, including finance, technology, media, art, fashion and entertainment. In addition, New York state is one of the most preferred destinations for international students in search of the highest level of education and research. Its universities have won international acclaims, taking top positions in the global scene. Here is a roundup of some of the most prominent universities in New York.

SUNY Buffalo University Although it was originally a private college, the State University of New York at Buffalo is now a public establishment known for its intense research activities. Apart from Buffalo, it has a campus in Amherst in New York. In addition, it has the largest enrollment figures in the SUNY system and it’s the biggest public university in the Northeastern region of the US. Since 1921, the university has retained its accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In 1989, it joined the Association of American Universities, becoming one of the most prestigious universities known for leading in research activities in the US and Canada. The university offers around 18 professional programs, 83 doctoral programs, and 190 masters programs, as well as 74 undergraduate programs.

Hofstra University This university is named after William S Hofstra who provided the ground on which it sits. An extension of the New York University, it was established in 1935. It is the largest college in Long Island, New York. Hofstra University held the 35th position in the US News & World Report of 2015. Its more than 19 academic disciplines are fully accredited, a rare achievement even in the national scene. Moreover, it’s the only school to earn the honour of hosting the presidential debate in three consecutive campaign periods. Every year, Hofstra University is included in the US News survey. Its postgrad programs are offered through several of its schools. They include the Northwell School of Medicine, the Maurice Deane School of Law, School of Education and Frank G Zarb School of Business.

Syracuse University Also referred to as ’Cuse or simply SU, the university is located in Syracuse and is well known as a private research institution. In 2009, it was ranked 53rd national university in the US. Moreover, it is a member of University and College Accountability Network (U-CAN) as well as National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Syracuse University offers masters and doctoral programs in its Graduate School and the College of Law in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. In addition, it offers international study programs including the SU abroad, a collaboration with universities located in more than 40 countries. It also operates centres based in eight cities outside the US: Hong Kong, Madrid, London, Santiago, Beijing, Strasbourg, Istanbul and Florence.

Tuition fees & living costs in New York

The cost of studying a postgrad program in New York will vary from one university to the other. However, the average tuition fees are around $13,000 per academic year. This includes tuition, comprehensive and student activity fees.

On living expenses, there is a slight difference between the cost of living outside the campus and staying on campus. For instance you will part with $45, 271(including all other fees) at SUNY Buffalo University if you live outside the campus while you’ll pay $42, 578 if you choose to board in the campus. Looking for the best accommodation out of campus accommodation may be tricky. Thankfully, there are several educational blogs and websites that provide useful tips for where to live as a student. 

Admissions & applications for international students in New York

International students intending to join universities in New York have several requirements to meet during the admissions and applications process, including English proficiency tests which involves taking the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) as a well as standardised tests. In addition, you will probably be required to show proof of your ability to pay the full cost of one academic year.

As a postgrad student, who has completed his or her academic work outside the United States, you must produce official academic documents showing your credentials as well as their English translations. The documents must also include a grading scale. Further you must satisfy all student visa and immigration requirements.

Interesting New York alumni

Many celebrities have treaded New York universities’ grounds, including politicians, musicians, to actors and athletes. Among the most notable is the 47th US Vice President, Joe Biden, who attended the Syracuse University College of Law. He graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 1968 and was admitted to the Delaware bar the following year. Before becoming Vice President, he was the US Senator from Delaware and chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee, International Narcotics Control Caucus and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Student case study

Jeff Allen graduated with a Master of Social Science (MSSc) from Syracuse University. According to him, he got a great opportunity to meet practicing professionals from different backgrounds. In addition he had the benefit of guidance from the most experienced academic staff. Apart from the degree, he left with a lesson in persistence when pursuing goals, both personal and professional.

What can you do in New York when you're not studying? 

New York is one of the most vibrant states in the US. As a home to New York City, it holds every possible after-school event you can think of. You have in your hands the rare opportunity to blend a day spent at one of the many beaches, with the electrifying nightlife in various settings including dance clubs, cocktail dens or dive bars.

If you are not a party animal you are can always move away to the more serene environment of some of the 22 national parks including Adirondack Park, the largest state park in the US. This is in addition to historical landmarks, natural landmarks and heritage areas such as the Niagara Falls, which the state shares with Ontario.

Even when you are in the middle of your studies and your time for play is limited, there is still no reason why should not have some good time. There are effortless ways of relieving your brain from a day’s strain—without the need to part with a penny.

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