Study for a graduate program in Ohio
Ohio is a Midwestern US state, sitting between Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky, just to the south of Michigan. It is possibly best known for being an important swing state within US presidential elections. It is also the birthplace of Steven Spielberg, five US presidents and Orville and Wilbur Wright, inventors of the world’s first aeroplane – so if you choose to study for a postgraduate course here you will be in good company.
Ohio is also a hub for education, with its capital city Columbus being home to the Ohio State University, one of the biggest college campuses in the US – with almost 65,000 students, over 14,000 of them studying postgraduate courses.
There are 13 state and 46 private universities in Ohio, as well as six medical schools. The variety of postgraduate courses available is wide and diverse – from liberal arts to MBA to chemistry to medicine.
The top universities in the state that offer graduate programs include:
- Ohio State University (Columbus)
- The University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati)
- Kent State University (Kent)
- Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland)
- Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green)
Professional, or ‘terminal’, masters are designed to lead to employment rather than further study, whilst academic masters are generally designed to lead the way into doctorate/PhD study. 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 Ohio, 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 Ohio, 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 Ohio
Some of Ohio’s biggest cities are Columbus (the state capital), Cincinnati, Cleveland and Dayton. Life in these cities offers huge opportunity for those looking to progress into work after the completion of their graduate program – Columbus has been named as one of the best places in the whole country to do business.
Ohio is famous for its festivals, as well as its world class museums. Festivals range from those honouriong boats to Czech puppets to the World Children’s Peace Movement to the State Fair. It also has a vibrant culinary scene – high end restaurants, ice cream parlours and wine festivals sit side by side, making for an eclectic and diverse evening out.
In terms of transport, the best way to get around Ohio is by car, due to the large numbers of roads and interstate highways. US Route 40, which runs from Utah i9n the west to New Jersey on the east coast, runs through Ohio for over 200 miles. The state also has five international airports.
Working in Ohio
Ohio has a strong economy and is a good place for business – in 2010 it was named the second best place in the US for business climate and it is also a leader in ‘green’ economy. A good place to work, then, if you have an entrepreneurial streak.
Its other strong sectors include manufacturing, bioscience and finance. The biggest employers in the state include transportation, education and healthcare, whilst such diverse multinational corporations as Proctor & Gamble, Goodyear Tire & Rubber and Abercrombie and Fitch have made the state their home.
Whatever your specialism, if you decide to stay here after the completion of your graduate program there will be many opportunities for you to choose from.
In Ohio living on campus is the preferred choice of the majority of students – over 90% at many universities. Living in halls allows you to meet fellow students and settle into campus life. Many halls of residence include gym facilities and recreational areas - you should check with your university whether they offer this type of accommodation for those on postgraduate courses.
In order to keep their independence, some students choose to live in private accommodation – where paying for utilities and bills will be your own responsibility. Your chosen university should be able to advise you on how to rent a private flat.
Weather and climate
Ohio has a humid continental climate, meaning it has hot and sometimes humid summers and cold winters. It has steady rainfall all year round, and there is some chance of severe weather – although tornados and earthquakes are possible, severe ones are rare.
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