Study a graduate program in Kansas
Almost slap-bang in the middle of the US, Kansas is a big, open and inviting rural state famed for its slow and laidback approach to living. Kansas offers a more relaxed state for you to take a graduate program in the US.
Known as the Sunflower State because of the vast quantity of the flower that grows there, Kansas is home to some stunning and unique natural sights.
The major city shares the name of the state. Kansa City is famed for its BBQ food (with 100-plus places you can eat it), fountains (it has over 200) and jazz music (legendary musician Charlie Parker is from the city).
Kansas has a variety of options to study a graduate program in America. There is a variety of public and private institutions that offer postgraduate study:
- University of Kansas (including the University of Kansas School of Medicine)
- Kansas State University
- Wichita State University
- Fort Hays State University
- Pittsburg State University
- Emporia 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 Kansas 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 Kansas, 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 Kansas
“There’s no place like home,” says Dorothy in the Wizard of OZ. Considering that her home is Kansas it’s probably true. Kansas is considered a homely state.
Kansas has some of the most beautiful and unique scenery in the country, which totally shatters the perception that Kansas is ‘flat and boring’. A good example of this is Monument Rocks (or Chalk Pyramids) which create surreal and stunning rock shapes ascending from the ground.
Kansas is also a state that is not without its eccentricities, being home to such things as Truckhenge (a version of the UK’s Stonehenge made from old trucks), Don Kracht’s Castle Island (where a retired math teacher has built a Medieval castle in his backyard) and the world’s largest ball of twine.
Living in Kansas is cheaper than the average cost of living across the whole US.
Working in Kansas
The big industries in Kansas are agriculture and oil production. Other industrial output includes transportation equipment, commercial and private aircraft, publishing, food processing, petroleum, mining and chemical products.
The economy in Kansas is also heavily influenced by two other industries; the aerospace industry (with several large aircraft corporations having manufacturing facilities in the state) and taxation (Kansas City is home to the Internal Revenue Service).
Most postgraduates coming to Kansa 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 Kansas provide postgraduates with furniture, cooking appliances and have places to relax like gyms and cafes.
Some students will choose to live privately in rented accommodation.
Weather and climate
Kansas has three different climate types: humid continental, semi-arid steppe, and humid subtropical.
The eastern part of the state has cool to cold winters with hot, often humid summers. The western part of the state has very hot summers with highly changeable winters which change between warm and cold. The far-south and central regions of the state have hot, humid summers with milder winters and more rain than other regions.
Severe weather such as thunderstorms and tornadoes are common in Kansas.
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