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Study for in New Jersey, United States

State overview

New Jersey is a state of contrasts. It is home to some of the biggest urban sprawls in the US, being bordered by both New York City and Philadelphia but is nicknamed the ‘Garden State’ because of its natural, rural beauty. Its stunning greenery is at odds with concrete of the cities.

It may be the third smallest state but it is the most densely populated. These contrasts make it a hotbed for culture and variety.
For people choosing to study a graduate program in New Jersey there is no shortage of things to do. There is the excitement of New York City, the boardwalk and casinos of Atlantic City and numerous historical and natural attractions.

The state has a long and illustrious musical history with many of the world’s biggest artists hailing from New Jersey including Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Patti Smith, Lauryn Hill and Jon Bon Jovi, amongst many others.

Education profile

New Jersey is home to Princeton University (which along with Harvard is considered the best in the USA, with it being ranked as the best consistently by U.S News and World Report for the last eight years).

With this high calibre of institution, New Jersey offers some leading places to study a graduate program in America. Other places for postgraduate study in New Jersey include:

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. 

International students looking to study a graduate program in New Jersey should expect to pay tuition costs of an average of $9,500 per year. Graduate students at private institutions should expect to pay more with costs being in the region of $12,000 to $33,000 a year with the average cost of $17,000 a year.

Immigration and visas

Before travelling to the USA to study in New Jersey, 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 New Jersey, 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 Jersey

Life in New Jersey is one of variety, with access to some of the biggest cities in the US there is everything you would come to expect from big city living – good shopping, amazing nightlife and everything cultural you could expect. The fact that New York is so close means that studying in New Jersey gives you access to everything you could imagine.

For those who like the quieter outdoor life, the Garden State is one of amazing natural beauty, especially along the coastline which is perfect for long walks.  The state parks offer many activities for the outdoor type including camping, cycling, skiing (in winter), fishing and hiking.

Working in New Jersey

New Jersey is the second richest state in US, with a booming economy and boasting more millionaire households than any other state.
The state’s economy is dominated by the pharmaceutical industry, the financial industry, chemical development, telecommunications, food processing, electric equipment, printing and publishing, and tourism. It also has a strong agricultural output.

Sitting right next to both New York and Philadelphia, New Jersey is the ultimate commuter state with many residences making their way into these cities to work in industries such as retail, banking, education and real estate.

New Jersey is home to the headquarters of 24 Fortune 500 companies.

Several counties in the state are ranked among the highest-income counties in America.


Most postgraduates coming to New Jersey choose to live in accommodation provided by the universities, as this is the easiest way to get to know fellow students and settle into university life. Most halls of residence in New Jersey provide postgraduates with furniture, cooking appliances and have places to relax like gyms and cafes.

Some students will choose to live privately in rented accommodation.

Weather and climate

Like other aspects of the state the climate in New Jersey is split into regions. The south, centre and north eastern parts have a humid mesothermal climate and the north west has a humid continental climate, with slightly cooler temperatures due to higher elevation.

Summers are usually hot and humid, with cold winters. Northern parts of the start have colder winters with average temperatures just below freezing.

The state has 25 to 30 thunderstorms a year, most occurring during the summer.

During winter and early spring the state can experience "nor'easters", which can cause blizzards and flooding in the north eastern states. Luckily, hurricanes, tropical storms and earthquakes are rare.

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