Study a graduate program in Nebraska
Situated in America’s Great Plains in the Midwest, Nebraska is traditional farming country. A traditional crossroads of America, Nebraska first gained prominence during the Californian Gold Rush.
Nebraskan is the traditional America of old, with treeless prairies filled with grazing cattle, rural living and plenty of wide open space – the state is the 9th least densely populated state in America.
Despite this, Nebraska has two interesting and edgy cities in state capital Lincoln and largest city Omaha, where most international students will be based.
Nebraska is home to two public university state systems and several private colleges. You can study a graduate program in Nebraska at the following universities:
- University of Nebraska
- Nebraska State College System
- Bellevue University
- Creighton University
- Grace University
- Nebraska Christian College
- Union College
- York College
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 if you want to study a postgraduate course in Nebraska, and must do before arriving.
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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska
Life in Nebraska is generally quiet and calm. The two major cities of Lincoln and Omaha – where most graduate students in Nebraska are based – have historic town centres mixed with buzzing student life.
Omaha’s student culture focuses around the city’s musical heritage, with several performance venues, museums and jazz bars. Sport also plays a big part in Nebraskan culture, with Omaha home to the annual College World Series since 1950.
Working in Nebraska
Although traditionally an agricultural state, modern day Nebraska has five main employment sectors that might interest postgraduate students – biosciences, metal manufacturing, renewable energy and logistics.
The popular soft drink Kool-Aid was created in the city of Hastings in Nebraska, which is the official drink of the state, while Kawasaki’s plant in Lincoln employs more than 1,200 people.
Most postgraduate students in Nebraska opt to live in university accommodation in halls of residence or apartments. Many institutions offer dedicated postgraduate housing. The benefits of university housing include being able to meet other students more easily, living close to campus and having faculty support close at hand.
You will normally be able to apply for accommodation through a dedicated university housing department, who will also be able to help you if you choose to look for private housing in Nebraska.
Weather and climate
Nebraska has two distinct climates, depending on whether you are in the eastern or western part of the state. The east sees significantly more rainfall and humidity. However, both sides of the state have a uniform temperature throughout the seasons, with hot summers and cold winters.
Nebraska is located in tornado alley, with thunderstorms common in spring and summer.
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