Study in Maryland, United States
Maryland is a state that is full of contrasts – from its agrarian fields to industrialised cities, to the natural beauty of its landscape. Aside from the beauty of the region, though, Maryland also offers a rich cultural heritage – with the Civil War, African-American history and much more still being visible. These days the state is heavily industrialised – but its agrarian past is clear.
Maryland is also the place where The Star Spangled Banner, the patriotic National Anthem of the United States, was penned by Frances Scott Key as a response to bombardment during the War of 1812.
Maryland has a large number of universities and colleges that offer postgraduate courses. The most prominent of these include:
- John Hopkins University
- University of Maryland, Baltimore
- University of Maryland, College Park
- Towson University
- Morgan State University
- St. Mary College of Maryland
- Loyola University Maryland
There are also a large amount of professional graduate schools, specialises in subjects including nursing, pharmacy, law, social work and art.
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 Maryland, 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 Maryland, 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 Maryland
Maryland’s wealth means that some of its residents have a large amount of disposable income, making it a relatively expensive region to live in. This is justified by the quality of life that those who live there benefit from – outdoor pursuits such as hiking and white water rafting are popular.
Baltimore is perhaps Maryland’s most famous city, as well as being its largest. There are 72 historic districts within the city, as well as a large number of ethnically diverse communities. The three most famous areas in terms of restaurants and bars are the Inner Harbour, Little Italy and Fells Point – the latter of which was featured in the film Sleepless in Seattle.
In terms of transport, Maryland has a large number of highways, meaning the quickest and easiest way to travel is by road.
Working in Maryland
Maryland is the wealthiest state in the USA in terms of household income, with two of its counties (Howard and Montgomery) coming in the top ten wealthiest in the country - although this wealth is slightly less visible in its larger cities.
The Port of Baltimore means Maryland is a hub of transport, and the state’s most thriving industries include biosciences, aerospace and defence, agriculture and IT. In general it is an extremely industrialised state, and there has been significant investment in the area in recent years. Bio and life sciences are what the state is best known for, and Maryland is one of the centres of research for this in the country.
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.
Whilst studying abroad on postgraduate courses many students choose to live on their university campus in halls of residence. Living in halls allows you to meet fellow students and settle into campus life. Many halls 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.
If you are attending the University of Maryland choose to live off campus whilst studying for your graduate program you should contact the University of Maryland Official Off Campus Student Directory, which should be able to help you.
Weather and climate
Maryland has four distinct seasons, with spring being the wettest period of the year, winter being occasionally snowy and summer and autumn the warmest times of the year. Humidity in the summer months means thunderstorms are frequent.
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