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Life in the USA

Experience America 

The USA is a diverse and relaxed place to live. Americans are known for their openness and keen sense of humor. The USA has long been a leader in both the creative arts and technological innovation. Great career opportunities can often be found here for international students.

Independence and Adventure

Known for its snowy mountains and wide open spaces, Vermont sits on the North Eastern border of the USA, just below the Canadian province of Quebec. It is perfect for those seeking adventure and an active lifestyle, and is a popular location for skiing. 

Vermont is a unique state. Its personality has been built on a long tradition of progressive attitudes. This is mirrored in the liberal and socially conscious environment of UVM. Its mission is to ‘create, evaluate, share, and apply knowledge.’ The University runs outreach projects in the local area, including community athletics programs and environmental initiatives.

A Home From Home

Burlington is a safe and welcoming small city in the state of Vermont. From campus, you can take a 15-minute walk or five-minute bus ride to find everything you need, from independent boutiques and grocery stores to coffee houses and hundreds of diverse restaurants. Home of famous ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s, it is a great place for dessert too. 

If you would like a weekend off-campus, Burlington's location is great. Cities such as Boston and New York are not far away, and offer totally different surroundings.


Burlington has four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. July is the warmest summer month, when temperatures can reach 27 degrees Celsius. The coldest winter month is January, when it is common for temperatures to fall below zero degrees Celsius. It may sound cold, but it makes Vermont an amazing place to take ski lessons. The driest month is February, and the wettest month is July.

Discover Vermont's best things to do in winter

Travel Information 

Arriving by air

Several major airlines serve Burlington International Airport (BTV) through other major American cities. It is a small airport and easy to get a taxi for the short ride to campus.

Arriving by bus

Greyhound offers regular bus service between Boston/New York/Montreal and Burlington. Megabus also runs frequent and inexpensive trips from Boston/New York to Burlington.

Arriving by train

Amtrak trains travel from New York, Washington, DC, and Montreal. All trains arrive in Essex Junction, Vermont, about 15 minutes from campus. You will need to take a taxi from the train station to UVM campus.

Did you know?

Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the U.S., producing more than 500,000 gallons per year.

"I think this town is beautiful, and the surroundings are good, and the learning atmosphere here is very good. I wanted to change myself. That's the reason why I choose this place to study."

Toby from China studied Master's International Year

Now studying M.S. Electrical Engineering

Why Vermont?

Find out what makes UVM so special.


UVM's campus is the perfect base for exploring the unique countryside and pretty towns of Vermont.