Because the United States is such a large country, there is naturally quite a range of climates, as well. Many states have a full range of weather in the four seasons of one year, where temperatures may range from very cold with possible snow in the winter to hot, humid conditions in the summer.
You may be more comfortable studying in an area whose climate matches that of your home country, or perhaps you are ready for a change. You can study at a school in the mountains or near a beach by the ocean.
Below is an overview of the four large American regions and some of the weather you can expect from each.
The West (states including California, Nevada, Wyoming, Arizona): As a general rule, sun shines on California and the Southwest, but international students heading to a school in California should also be prepared for the occasional earthquake.
Generally the temperatures are cooler further north and in the mountains, with snow in areas like Tahoe, and hotter in the south, growing more desertlike as you head inland from the coast.
The Midwest (states including Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota, Kansas): Expect a big mix of weather in these states. These are some places where you actually get a seasonal cycle.
It can be temperate in the spring, hot in the summer and cold in winter. Positioned inland from the oceans, the climates in these states can often be very different.
The South (states including Texas, Mississippi, Florida): The South can be an intense region to live and study in. Expect it to be hot, humid, and feel incredibly sticky in the fall and equally hot but much more prone to heavy rain in the summer. The southernmost point of Florida is technically deemed a tropical climate.
The Northeast (states including New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts): In this part of the U.S., the weather can go from one extreme to the next, with hot and sunny summers and bitterly cold winters.
Personal safety is important to people everywhere, and your family may have concerns about you being safe while studying so far from home. Violence on a school campus can happen anywhere, and the United States is certainly no exception.
Common security measures may include any number of the following: emergency and security access telephones throughout campus that connect directly to campus and/or local police; campus entrances that are gated and locked at night, where only students with school identification are allowed access from security staff after hours; residence halls that remain locked at all times, with only students living there having access to the buildings; live-in residence hall directors to oversee each campus housing building; and a student escort service that provides safe, campus-wide assistance to students. Many international student orientations also provide information to new international students about the various ways that they can stay safe on campus.
It is customary for public institutions in the United States to make available statistics about the types and numbers of crimes that occur on their campuses. Even though it is unlikely that you would be a victim, crime can happen anywhere. So regardless of where you choose to study, you should learn about common safety and crime prevention strategies.
The US has a abundance of difference cuisines with everything from curries, burgers, and pho. There is something out there for everyone. There are also traditional American foods for you to try and many eateries offer students discounts so take advantage.
Make the most of your free time as a student by taking part in the massive array of social activities open to you. Your university or college will almost certainly have a students' union which is dedicated to social and academic support of the students in your university. There will be clubs and societies suited to everyone. Not to mention all the sporting activities you can watch and take part in.
Practicing Your Religion
It may be very important to you to be a part of a religious community where you are studying in the United States. Muslim students, for example, might want to be sure that there is a mosque in their campus community. While some colleges and universities have a religious affiliation, many others do not, and you will often find a variety of religious organizations and places of worship available to you. The International Student Services Office should be able to provide you with the necessary information you might need for your particular need.