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Study a graduate program in Michigan

State overview

Located in the Great Lakes region of the United States, Michigan is the 9th most populous state and home to one of its most celebrated and rawest cities in the home of Motown itself, Detroit.

Michigan is split in two by water, with the larger Lower Peninsula housing more people and the smaller slipper shaped Upper Peninsula being more lightly populated but having more scenery.

Michigan is famous for its car manufacturing, which although scaled back since the stock crash after September 11th, still employs thousands of people and families in the state and contributes hugely to the US economy.

Education profile

Michigan is home to a number of institutions where you can study a postgraduate course. There are numerous public universities spread throughout the state and several high-ranking private universities, including several classified as research institutions by the Carnegie Foundation.

You can study a graduate program in Michigan at the following institutions:

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

You will need to apply for a non-immigrant visa before travelling to the US to study in Michigan.

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 Michigan, 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 Michigan

Surrounded by four Great Lakes (Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie), students coming to Michigan have plenty of reasons to get on the water. The state is home to more than 11,000 inland lakes and over 36,000 miles of streams. Popular activities include kayaking, paddling and fishing, and it’s no wonder that Michigan is named the ‘Water Wonderland’.

However, if you’re after more nocturnal activities, then Detroit is the place for you. Currently undergoing an artistic and cultural renaissance, Detroit’s downtown has enough edgy bars and nightclubs to satisfy all sorts.

Most students in Michigan, find themselves living in the student city of Ann Arbor, a hub for the various universities and colleges in the area and a great place for international students to settle.

Working in Michigan

Michigan State is home to several leading research universities such as the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University which are important contributors to the state’s economy. Michigan’s universities bring in more than $1.5billion in research and development grants each year.

Michigan is historically a centre of car manufacturing and its largest city, Detroit, was known as the Motor City. Both General Motors and Ford are based in the state, but have undergone significant problems during the early part of the 21st century. Nonetheless, Michigan still employs 70,000 people in the automotive industry. The state is also an important source of engineering job opportunities in the US.

Accommodation

Most universities in Michigan provide dedicated accommodation for postgraduates in halls of residence or apartment buildings. Finding somewhere to live with fellow students is a good way of getting settled into student life in Michigan and avoiding dealing with estate agents.

However, some postgraduate students prefer to find their own accommodation in Michigan. A popular student city in Michigan is Ann Arbor, which is home to the University of Michigan. There are also significant student populations in Mouth Pleasant, Ypsilanti, Detroit and Kalamazoo.  

Weather and climate

Michigan has a continental climate with two distinct climates, depending on whether you are in the Lower or Upper Peninsula. The Lower Peninsula has a warmer climate with hot summers and cold winters, while the Upper Peninsula has more extreme weather, with hotter, shorter summers and longer, colder winters.

The state has around 30 major thunderstorms each year and is also prone to tornadoes which are more common in the southern part of the state.

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