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Study in North Dakota, United States

State overview

North Dakota is a high plains state in the Midwestern region of the United States of America, bordering with Canada.
It is a state of open-space. Considering its size the state has a population of just 699,628. If space and a steady pace of life is what you are after then North Dakota could be a good place to study in the US.

Religion plays a large part in daily life in the state with it having the most churches per capita of any US state.

One of the state’s major cities Fargo lends its name to the Academy Award-winning, 1996, movie of the same name, although the city appears only once and is only mentioned on two occasions in the whole film.

Education profile

North Dakota is home to 11 public colleges and universities, many of which offer graduate programs.
The largest institutions are the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University. Other options for postgraduate study in North Dakota 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. 

Immigration and visas

Before travelling to the USA to study in North Dakota 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 North Dakota, 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 North Dakota

Life in North Dakota could be described as traditional. It is a highly religious state with the highest percentage church-going population of any states. As such the states values are centred around Christian religious values, although other religions such as Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism do make up 4% of the population.

Outdoor pursuits such as hunting and fishing are major hobbies for people living in North Dakota. During the winter months skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing are popular pastimes. Many people in the state own a cabin at one of the large lakes.

Working in North Dakota

Where agriculture is the largest industry in North Dakota, Fargo is also a centre for computing-excellence being home to Microsoft’s second largest campus, with 1,700 employees. also employs several hundred people in Grand Forks.

North Dakota has the country’s lowest unemployment rate at 3.7%, and is has not reached 5% since 1987 so job prospects in the state remain strong.


Most postgraduates coming to North Dakota 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 North Dakota 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

North Dakota has a typical continental climate with cold winters and hot summers.

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