It is the third largest country in the world, in area and population. It is located in the center of North America, and shares its border with Mexico in the South and Canada in the North, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west.
The United States consists of fifty states, forty-eight of which make up the contiguous states. The peninsula of Alaska forms the North-western part of the States and the archipelago of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean. In addition to these fifty states, there are several territories in the Caribbean and Pacific.
The States is a highly developed country with the largest national economy in the world. This thriving labor market owes its prosperity to its multicultural society. America has been a huge attraction to immigrants from all over the world, making it an ethnically diverse nation with the highest migration rates in the world. English and Spanish are the two most spoken languages due to the wide variety of ethnic groups, traditions and values, brought in by the immigrant population.
Why Study in the USA?
The States is a popular choice for many overseas students due to its high standard of education, the diverse culture, friendly people and opportunity for new comers, making it a safe environment to live and study.
Post-secondary education in the USA is the most prestigious. As the number one destination for international students, the U.S. offers most attractive opportunities for furthering your education. As a result, there is about 30% of the all the International Students in the world studying in the United States of America.
Due to its massive size and extensive geographic features, the states experiences a global climate. The general climate is temperate throughout the whole country.
Different climatic conditions experienced across the USA:
Semi-arid in the Great Plains
Arid in the Great Basin
Mediterranean in coastal areas
Subtropical in the Deep South
Tropical in Florida and Hawaii
Humid continental in the North
Humid subtropical in the South
Desert in the Southwest
Polar in Alaska
In the winter, the Northern States are the coldest while the Southern States are bright and sunny, and rarely drops below freezing. The States usually experiences hot summers usually accompanied by heat waves and humidity, more prominent in the South and Southwest. The spring and autumn are mild and pleasant, with warm, sunny and wet days.
- Informal clothes
- Umbrella for rainy days
- Warm Jackets for Autumn and Winter
- Light cottons in Summer
- National Costume is recommended for festivities
Shopping & Dining
- Shopping Malls are open every day– 10:00 A.M – 9:00 P.M, Monday to Saturday and 11:00 P.M – 6:00 P.M on Sundays
- Metropolitan areas have drugstores and supermarkets open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Shops are open longer during the holidays
- Major retail outlet is Wal-Mart
- Outlet Malls offer a lot of bargains
- Halal food stores are available
- Restaurants have flexible timings and are open late
- An array of ethnic cuisine is available
- Americans eat a lot of grilled, fried, baked, seafood and meat products
Travel & Transportation
- Automobiles are cheap and also the easiest mode of transportation
- The bus – Greyhound – and the rail “Amtrak” are the cheapest ways to get between the states
- Cheap travel tickets are available to travel from one coast to another
- Local buses and bicycles are the easiest way to get around within the city
- Walking is an easy way to get around the town
- Student fares are available
- Taxis are expensive