Study for a graduate program in Vermont
Vermont is the only state in the New England region without a coastline, but it more than makes up for it with its snowy Green Mountains and skiing playgrounds. Home to acres of plush forestland, Vermont is an icy winter wonderland and a spectacular hiking range in summer.
Vermont is an extremely safe state for international students, ranked second for least crime and also has the second smallest population of any state. With its high level of education, top-ranking health system and prestigious universities, Vermont may well be the best place to study a graduate program in the US, pound for pound.
Vermont is home to 19 institutions of higher education. The public university system – the University of Vermont – has five colleges. You can study a graduate program in Vermont at:
- University of Vermont
- College of St Joseph
- Goddard College
- Johnson State College
- Norwich University
- SIT Graduate Institute
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 coming to study a postgraduate course in Vermont, 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 Vermont 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 Vermont
Known as the ‘Green Mountain State’, life as a Vermonter focuses on utilising the natural beauty of its many parks and mountains and exploring its history-rich towns.
Vermont’s main student cities are Burlington, Brattleboro and capital Montpelier, which all show a more rural way of life than other American big cities. Brattleboro in particular is noted for its vibrant arts scene, with several galleries, open days and arts organisations found in the town.
Graduate students interested in winter sports and skiing will love living in Vermont. The New England State has several resorts and some of the most exciting courses in the United States, with space for ski jumping, snowmobiling and hiking too.
Working in Vermont
Traditionally an agricultural state, Vermont’s economy has diversified in recent years to move towards tourism and the service sector. Some of the largest ski resorts in New England are located in Vermont, with attending restaurants, cafes, hotels and camps all growing around these areas.
Quarrying and mining remains an important part of Vermont’s economy, with marble and granite quarrying particularly important. Vermont is also the largest producer of slate in the United State.
A quirk of Vermont’s industry is its reliance on the captive insurance industry. This is a form of alternative insurance where insurance companies cover their own risks. Vermont is the third largest area of captive insurance companies in the world, with more than 900 companies based in the state.
Many postgraduates in Vermont opt to live in university accommodation particularly if they are coming to the state from abroad. The benefits of university housing include being able to meet other students, living close to campus and sometimes having meals included.
Your first port of call for housing options should be your university’s housing department, who will advise you on your options and also give you contacts of rental agencies if you decide to look for your own housing options.
Weather and climate
Vermont is one of America’s colder states, being tucked up in its northeastern corner. The state was warm summer and cold winters, with particularly colour autumns due to it forested nature.
The main summer months occur between June and August, when temperatures average out at around 25C, while winter is at its coldest between December and February. It is not uncommon for temperatures to fall well below freezing during these months.
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