Study a graduate program in Georgia
Studying in Georgia will give you a perfect view of everything good America’s South has to offer. From small historic towns to deserted beaches, this is a state which offers good old fashioned hospitality and no-nonsense American values.
Nowhere is this better represented than in Georgia’s food. Try chicken and dumplings, fried chicken from a shack and get involved in a tailgate barbecue – the best way to get to know the locals is through their stomachs.
Georgia is also home to some of America’s wildest geography, with coastal islands, nature preserves, imposing mountains and swirling rivers all competing for your attention –perfect for international students looking for a study break.
Georgia has almost 70 public colleges, universities and technical institutions and more than 45 private universities offering graduate courses. Some of the leading places you can study a graduate program include:
- University of Georgia
- Georgia State University
- Georgia Southern University
- Kennesaw State University
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- Emory University
- Valdosta State University
Professional, or ‘terminal’, masters are designed to lead to employment rather than further study. Popular courses include: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) and Master of Library Science (M.L.S.).
Academic masters, however, are generally designed to lead the way into doctorate/PhD study. Popular courses include: Master of Education (M.Ed.), and Master of Engineering (M.Eng.).
Both last between one and three years, depending on the subject.
Doctoral degrees are the most advanced level of higher education, and usually take between four and eight years to complete, which includes the time it takes to write and present a dissertation.
Immigration and visas
Before travelling to the USA to study in Georgia, you will need to apply for a non-immigrant visa.
The most common kind of student visa is the F-1 visa, which entitles the holder to study at any US accredited college or university.
To apply for a student visa for a graduate program in Georgia, you will need to fill out an application form (found on the US Embassy website) and send appropriate documentation, such as evidence of financial standing and proof of university acceptance and academic qualifications, as well as possibly attending a visa interview at the US Embassy in your home country.
Life in Georgia
Georgia is a laidback state with friendly people, but don’t expect too liberal an attitude. This is still a Republican heartland and the state is highly religious. Despite this, many international students opt to study in Georgia because of the low cost of living and chance to live in a ‘traditional’ American environment.
However, Georgia isn’t just a sleepy backwater. Its major city is Atlanta, which is a great place to be a postgraduate student. Cosmopolitan, fast-paced and full of distractions, Atlanta could be a modern city anywhere in the US. Make sure you check out one of the any rhythm and blues bars which gave the world Ray Charles, James Brown and Little Richard.
Working in Georgia
Georgia’s economy is diverse, with several industries all impaced on its income. Food production and agriculture is one of its major industries and the state also has a large textile industry.
Georgia has one of the biggest military presences of all states in America, with several US installations including air force, marines and navy bases.
The state’s economy is dominated by its most popular city, Atlanta which has a significant communication, transportation and tourism industry. Indeed, tourism plays a big part across all of Georgia, with popular attractions and job providers including Stone Mountain and the Savannah Historic District.
Most postgraduates coming to Georgia choose to live in accommodation provided by the universities, as this is the easiest way to get to know fellow students and settle into university life. Most halls of residence in Georgia provide postgraduates with furniture, cooking appliances and have places to relax like gyms and cafes.
Some students will choose to live privately. Postgraduates studying in Atlanta will want to live in an area close to a MARTA rail line such as Inman Park, Candler Park or Decatur.
Weather and climate
Georgia has a humid subtropical climate, with hot humid summers and mild winters. The main summer months run from June to August when temperatures regularly hit 30C, with winter at its coldest between December and February. Temperatures in major cities like Athens and Atlanta are general hot between March and October.
Georgia is frequently hit by tornadoes, tropical storms and occasionally hurricanes.
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