7 Reasons Why New York is a Hot, Hip and Happening Place for International Students
New York: If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. It’s a motto many Americans live by. It’s also why New York City—despite its high cost of living, micro-sized apartments, and the 8 million people who clog the five Burroughs like a traffic jam on the George Washington bridge—still sees an influx of people every year. Artists, dreamers, they all find their way to New York.
You can add international students to that list, too. According to a recent study, New York City is the number one destination for international students. During the 2009-2010 academic year, New York’s colleges and universities had nearly 62,000 international students. Here’s 5 reasons why New York is the place to be for international students.
1. Long before you obtained a passport, visa, or purchased health insurance for international students in the U.S., New York probably radiated a sense of familiarity. Its “melting pot” culture has long been exemplified in places like Chinatown and Little Italy, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. From Danish to Dominican, Polish to Portuguese, the ethnic neighborhoods in New York are as diverse as the United Colors of Benetton.
2. From NYU and the New School to Juilliard and Berkeley, the high concentration of colleges and universities in NYC is astounding. It doesn’t matter what field of study you want to pursue, chances are there’s a college in New York that specializes in it. New York is as much an educational melting pot as it is an ethnic one.
3. One word: culture. There are more than 60 museums in Manhattan alone, including world class institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney, Frick and Guggenheim. And those are only the art museums. When you factor in museums devoted to crafts and design, furniture and costumes, and technology and natural history, it’s going to take more than a semester to see everything.
4. The nightlife in New York is second to none. A night on the town is part of the college experience. Whether you prefer the gastropubs in Brooklyn or the dive bars in Alphabet City, there are countless places to explore. Just be sure that on the way back from the club you have enough money left to stop for a slice of New York’s famous thin crust pizza.
5. Opportunity knocks. As a student, NYC is a place where dreams can come true. Career paths are forged, and fortunes are amassed. The connections you make in New York can end up having a serious effect on your career. If you want to get your foot in the door, New York is where it can happen.
So what are you waiting for? Now that you’re armed with these tips, come to the city that never sleeps and make your dreams come true.
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