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Study in New Hampshire, United States

State overview

New Hampshire is perhaps the most conservative of all the states in the New England region, enjoying a unique position as the first primary in the US presidential cycle. A strong libertarian streak runs through the state, emphasised by the state motto you’ll see on car number plates – ‘Live Free or Die’.

New England also has a strong creative streak, with artists, poets and writers inspired by its jagged mountain ranges, forest-lined lakes and natural beauty. However, it also has picture perfect villages such as Keene and Peterborough, which make great day trips for international students – close your eyes and you could imagine still being in the English countryside. 

Education profile

New Hampshire is home to more than 20 further education institutions, with five public university systems administered by the University System of New Hampshire. You can study a graduate program in New Hampshire at:

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

Students coming to study a postgraduate course in New Hampshire will need to apply for a non-immigrant visa prior to 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 New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire

International students coming to New Hampshire shouldn’t expect big city life. The state is home to beautiful villages and cobbled lanes like those offered by Portsmouth and Keene. Even its largest city Manchester has a population of only just over 100,000. This small size makes New Hampshire’s towns feel like big student campuses, with a friendly air and easy to navigate streets.

Life in New Hampshire revolves around the outdoors. Seasonal activities include skiing and snowmobiling in winter, hiking in autumn through falling leaves, and mountain lake swimming in summer.

Working in New Hampshire

New Hampshire has seen a significant shift in its economy in the last century. The state has traditionally been one of textile manufacturing, shoe making and leather manufacturing, but these sectors have declined in importance in recent years.

Modern day New Hampshire focuses on tourism, with visitors coming to use the state’s beaches, mountains and lakes. Ski resorts are common in the north, with growing numbers of restaurants, hotels and cafes. Traditional artistic crafts such as wood carving, weaving and pottery have been revived to meet the demands of the tourist market.

These sectors are supplemented by New Hampshire’s agricultural market, with the production of dairy products, cattle, apples and eggs all prominent.


Most postgraduate students coming to study in New Hampshire will choose to live in accommodation provided by their chosen university. The benefits of on campus accommodation include living in a community of students with common aims, living close to where you will be studying and having recreation facilities such as gyms, sports arenas and bars close by and included.

Your first port of call when looking for graduate housing in New Hampshire should be your chosen university’s housing department. They will be able to provide you with information on your options, including how to find your own housing if you don’t want to live on campus.

Weather and climate

New Hampshire’s climate is moderated by the Atlantic Ocean, with warm, humid summers and cold, wet winters, which can be very snowy. The main summer months in New Hampshire run from June to August when temperatures can hit 25C, while winter is at its coldest between December and February, when it can be colder than freezing.

Extreme snowfall can occur in the northern mountainous area, with blizzards comment. New Hampshire is also affected by hurricanes and tropical storms.

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