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State overview

Oklahoma is located in the south central area of the US and was formed from a combination of Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory. The state’s name means ‘Red People’ in Choctaw and this is a place to come if you want to soak up Native American history and culture. 

More than 39 tribes are headquartered in Oklahoma, with many operating museums to showcase their history and traditions – as well as how they are adapting to modern life.

However, Oklahoma is more than just history. Oklahoma City and Tulsa are interesting and arty cities in their own rights and the state is home to 426 miles of Route 66 – one of American’s most iconic roads.

Education profile

Oklahoma is home to a number of private and public institutions where you can study a postgraduate course. You can take a graduate program in Oklahoma at some of the following universities:

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

If you want to study a postgraduate course in Oklahoma, 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 Oklahoma, 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 Oklahoma

The first thing that strikes many postgraduate students about Oklahoma is its affordability. Tuition fee costs in the state are significantly lower than elsewhere, while the student city of Tulsa has regularly been rated the most affordable city in the US.

With part of the state located in America’s Bible belt, religion plays a major part in the life of Oklahomans. Throw in its Native American heritage, and you will realise that the ‘Sooner State’ has plenty of spirituality about it.

Working in Oklahoma

Oklahoma is an important producer of natural gas, aircraft and food and is one of the most business-friendly states in the US. Though traditionally an oil producing state, a significant collapse in the industry occurred in the 1980s, leading to a loss of nearly 90,000 jobs. Consequently, Oklahoma rebuilt its economy of renewable energies and biotechnology.

The city of Tulsa is home to the largest aircraft maintenance base in the world, which services national carrier American Airlines. Aerospace accounts for more than 10% of Oklahoma’s industrial output.

Accommodation

Most north American universities provide accommodation to international graduate students and institutions in Oklahoma are no exception. Many of the universities in the state offer dedicated postgraduate accommodation through housing departments both on campus and off campus.

If you want to search for your own private accommodation, you should still use your chosen university’s housing department as a first point of contact.

Weather and climate

Oklahoma experiences frequent extremes of temperature and severe weather, due to its position on the border of two competing weather fronts. It is not unusual for summer temperatures in the state to be above 35C and for winter temperatures to drop below -5C.

Oklahoma is situated in tornado alley and averages more than 50 tornadoes each year – one of the highest rates in the world.

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