global gateway program

Student Life in the USA

Experience America 

The USA is a diverse and relaxed place to live, and Americans are known for their openness and sense of humor. You will feel at home here as an international student, because it is one of the most multicultural places in the world. For many years, America has embraced diverse foods, fashion, music, and religious celebrations.

The USA has long been a leader in both the creative arts and technological innovation. This means that great career opportunities can often be found by students who have studied here.

What’s it Like to Live in America?

International students in the USA enjoy a warm welcome, great education, and opportunities for work experience with major organizations.

The “American Dream”

In the US, independence and ambition are key values. The American Dream is the idea that if you work hard, you can achieve any goal. There is no one 'culture' in the US. Equality is another important value here. Americans believe everyone should be treated equally, regardless of your background or what country your from. A long history of immigration has meant those from countless different countries and religions have made their mark. This has resulted in a rich legacy of international food, sports, and music. America's cultural diversity is evident in the events it celebrates, from St Patrick's Day to Diwali, and its famous dishes, such as deep dish pizza and 'Tex-Mex'.

Travel and Discover

As an international student in the USA, you will experience a new country and all the different cultures within it. America is a big country, and each state, city, and town has its own spirit. At holidays and weekends, there is so much to explore in Burlington and Vermont, from skiing in the mountains and water sports on Lake Champlain, to maple syrup tours and farmers' markets. If you would like to see more states, you can catch a train to Connecticut or New York at the weekend and visit famous landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty.

Community Spirit

US university campuses are very sociable, and have great facilities to keep you entertained and help you to make friends. You can choose to join a number of societies and clubs, from charity work and volunteering, to political organizations and sports teams. You can also experience big sporting events and the unique atmosphere that comes with them. American sports such as baseball and basketball are played on campus, and thousands of students come along to support their teams and celebrate together when they win. 

Student Accommodation

The majority of first-year students live on campus in university accommodation. Most share a room with another (same sex) student, but you may also have the option of a private room. You will share bathroom and kitchen facilities with other students. After the first year, most students move into private accommodation near university.

Work Opportunities

Studying in the US will give you access to valuable internships and work experience, as well as post-study work opportunities. At UVM, career services help you connect to big businesses and develop the skills that employers are looking for in the US and beyond.

Did you know?

Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup outside of Canada, 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

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