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New York State

New York State and its famous namesake city have much to offer international students, from great scenery and activities to plenty of education institutions, not to mention the urban appeal of big city life. Gillian Evans reports.

If you want a kaleidoscopic snapshot of America, then head for New York State, advises Linda Comac, Coordinator at the English Language Institute (ELI) of New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, NY. She says, "Within New York State, international students can get a taste of life all across America; it has big cities, small towns, farms, vineyards, manufacturing, lakes, mountains, rivers... it';s all here!"

There are many other advantages of studying in New York State, such as convenient flight connections from many countries and "a temperate climate that is amenable to people from a variety of climates", adds Comac.

Being home to one of the world';s most famous cities – and sharing its name – has both advantages and disadvantages for the state. Although it may attract many visitors, few go further than New York City. "When people think of New York, they immediately think of New York City," admits Rhona Genzel, Director of the English Language Center at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. "They don';t realise how big the state is. For example, it takes five-to-six hours to drive from New York City to Rochester – [or] 45 minutes by plane."

Geraldine de Berly at the English Language Institute at Syracuse University – located in Syracuse, around 280 miles from New York City – highlights the state-wide educational opportunities available to international students. "The state has many well known institutions of higher education ranging from large public universities to small private institutions and a number of community colleges. Therefore, students can find the size and type of institution that is the best ‘fit';." She adds, "Many students find the smaller towns and cities more attractive as housing costs are much less and the lifestyle is calmer."

Despite the slower pace of life in upstate New York, there are plenty of things to see and do. "New York is a large state with many historic, cultural, sporting and natural attractions," says de Berly. The Underground Railroad, which, during the American Civil War, was used by slaves to escape to freedom in Canada, runs through New York State. In Rochester, several houses had secret rooms where the slaves could hide on their journey, and according to Genzel, re-enactments of the lives of the runaway slaves telling their stories in full costume are popular among their students.

New York State is also full of natural beauty. "The changing seasons bring different things to do year round," relates Genzel. "There is skiing and sledding in winter; spring and summer bring picnics and barbecues, hiking in the many beautiful parks, swimming in Lake Ontario or one of the Finger Lakes and many street festivals in the city and in surrounding villages; and, of course, people come from far away to enjoy the changing colours of the foliage in fall."

Despite all the attractions of the state, however, Genzel admits, "There is an aura about going to New York [City]." Paul Jarrell, Centre Director of ELS Language Centers at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York City, says that New York';s reputation goes before it because it is "one of the most film-documented and one of the most photo-documented" places in the world. Indeed, mention New York and the first things to spring to mind are the Statue of Liberty, skyscrapers, Central Park, stage shows, Broadway, endless bars and restaurants and a 24-hour party culture. And the reality of the city lives up to this and much more.

Because of its many attractions, the city suits different types of students for different reasons, says Jeffrey Doetsch, English Programmes Director at the Kaplan New York Center. "There are as many reasons to study in New York City as there are lights on Broadway!" he exclaims. "Many of our students are aspiring artists and performers, and they choose New York City for our thriving arts scene. Others are business-minded and choose New York because of the innumerable business opportunities. Many come to prepare for studies at one of our world-class universities, while still others choose New York as it is the visitor capital of the US, buzzing with activity 24 hours a day." 

Another of New York';s many draws, according to David Quinn at Columbia University, is its multicultural population. "The citizens of any country will feel right at home," he says. "Thirty-six per cent of the population of New York City is foreign-born." 

No student to New York can exhaust the almost endless list of activities available in the Big Apple. "New York is the most exciting city in the world, and is a hub for entertainment, nightclubs, fashion, retailing, art, culture, business, advertising, the culinary arts and sports," reports Peggy Marion, Director of Marketing at Rennert Bilingual. As well as the well known attractions – Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, Fifth Avenue, to name just a few – there are many other hidden gems. "Perhaps lesser known, but favourites of some of our students, are activities such as walking through a street fair during the San Gennaro festival (or one of the hundreds of other street fairs


Agent viewpoint

"New York State is well known in South Korea for New York City, and the great majority of our students would rather go to a school in this famous city than anywhere else in the state. Most of them consider New York City as the best place for state-of-the-art culture, fashion, film, finance, theatre and so forth. They know they will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of experiences. New York City and especially the Manhattan area top our list. It is the most well known area and many students have friends or relatives who have visited there."
Julia Hong, Uhak.com, Korea

"Clients want to study in New York City for various reasons including the chance to live like a New Yorker, to experience first-hand New York, which is a "melting pot" of different nationalities, and a financial and economic superpower. Other pluses of New York are the hospitality of New Yorkers compared to that of citizens of other Anglo-Saxon cities, and the favourable exchange rate with the euro makes it a good choice economically."
Rachel Marshall, Marshall Language

Services, Italy"Eurocentres has been collaborating with Columbia University in New York to send students on the American Language Program (ALP) there for several years. The campus is located in Morningside Heights in the centre of the academic quarter of New York City itself; only 20 minites subway ride from mid-town Manhattan. Our students appreciate the wealth of academic and recreational facilities both on and off-campus. I think they are most surprised by how safe and welcoming New York City is."
Emma Harrison, Eurocentres, international

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ASSOCIATIONS/
GROUPS
Acpet
Asociación Gallega
       de Escuelas de
       Español - Agaes
Capls - Canadian
      Association of
       Private Language
       Schools
CLC - Canada
       Language Council
Education New
       Zealand
English Australia
English UK
Fedele / Turlingua
Feltom
Ialc
MEI~Relsa
Perth Education City
Quality English

INSURANCE
Student Guard
       Insurance

STUDENT WEBSITES
language-
       programs.net

TOURIST BOARDS
Fedele / Turlingua
Malta Tourism
       Authority

WORK EXPERIENCE/
INTERNSHIPS
Access International
Agaes Spain
Alpha College of
       English
Anglolang Academy
       of English
Aspect
Auckland English
       Academy
Cambridge Academy
       of English
Churchill House
Cork English College
Diálogo Language
       Schools
Eastbourne School
       of English
Eckersley School of
       English
Excel English
English Studio
English UK
Eurasia Institute
Eurocentres
       International
Frances King
Global Village
Global Village
inlingua Malta
International House
       Sevilla - Clic
International Student
       Placement Centre
Kaplan Educational
       Centers
King George
       International
       College
Lake School of
       English
Languages
       International
LSC Language
       Studies Canada
Linguatime
Linguaviva
       International
Modus Language
       Institute
Pacific-Global
       Language Centre
Pacific Language
       Institute
Pacific Language
       Institute
Pan Pacific
       International English
       College Inc.
Phoenix English
       Language Academy
Prolog- International
       House Berlin
Rennert Bilingual
Rotorua English
       Language Academy
Shane Global
       Language Centres
Silc - Séjours
       Linguistiques
       (France)
St Giles Colleges
Swan Training
       Institute
Tellus Group / Work
       Experience UK
University of
       Western Australia
Vancouver English
       Centre
Vanwest College

WORKSHOPS/EXPOS
Alphe Agent
       Workshops
English Australia
English UK
Ialc
Icef
MEI~Relsa

AUSTRALIA
Acpet
Edith Cowan
       University
English Australia
International Student
       Placement Centre
Kingston
       International
       College
Language Links
Monash University
       English Language
       Centre
Perth Education City
Perth International
       College of English
Phoenix English
       Language Academy
University of
       Western Australia

BRAZIL
Diálogo Language
       Schools
FAAP

CANADA
Access International
Bodwell College
Carleton University
College of New
       Caledonia
Conestoga College
Ecole de Langues -
       Université Laval
English Bay College
English Language
       Training College
       ELTC
Eurocentres
Global Village
       (Australia, Canada,
       USA)
Global Village
       (Australia, Canada,
       USA)
Immersion Baie-des-
       Chaleurs
inlingua Vancouver
Interlangues Ecole
       de Languages
International
       Language Institute
       of Canada - ILI
International
       Language Schools
       of Canada
Intrax English
       Institute
King George
       International
       College
LSC Language
       Studies Canada
Lethbridge
       Community College
Malaspina University
       College
Mandarin House
Modus Language
       Institute
Montreal
       International
       Language
       Centre
Mount Royal College Omnicom School of
       Languages
Pacific Language
       Institute
Pacific Language
       Institute
Pacific-Global
       Language Centre
Pan Pacific
       International English
       College Inc.
Point 3
Saint Mary's
       University
Stewart College of
       Languages
University of Calgary
Vancouver English
       Centre
       (Canada, Mexico)
Vancouver English
       Centre
       (Canada, Mexico)
Vancouver English
       Centre
       (Canada, Mexico)
Vanwest College
YMCA Greater
       Montreal
       International
       Language School

CHINA
Mandarin House

COSTA RICA
Academia
       Latinoamericana
       de Español
Ilisa - Instituto de
       Idiomas Costa Rica
Wayra - Spanish
       School

ECUADOR
Academia de
       Español Mitad del
       Mundo
Academia de
       Español Quito
Quito S.I. Spanish
       Institute

ENGLAND
Anglolang Academy
       of English
Aspect (Australia,
       Canada, England,
       France, Germany,
       Ireland, Malta,
       New Zealand,
       Scotland, South
       Africa, Spain, USA)
Avalon School of
       English
Beet Language
       Centre
Bell International
        (Malta, UK)
Cambridge Academy
       of English
Churchill House
Cicero Languages
       International
Eastbourne School
       of English
Eckersley School of
       English
English Language
       Centre Brighton &
       Hove
English Studio
English UK
Excel English
       Language School
Frances King School
       of English
Ialc
Lake School of
       English
LAL Language and
       Leisure
       (England, Malta,
       South Africa, USA)
Languages Out
       There (England,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, Spain)
Liverpool School of
       English
London School of
       English
Malvern House
Quality English
Queen Ethelburga's
       College
Shane Global
       Language Centres
       (England, New
       Zealand, South
       Africa)
St Giles Colleges
       (Canada, UK, USA)
Study Group
       (Australia, Canada,
       England, France,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, New Zealand,
       South Africa,
       Spain, USA)
Study Group
       (Australia, Canada,
       England, France,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, New Zealand,
       South Africa,
       Spain, USA)
SUL Language
       Schools
Tellus Group
University of Essex -
       ELT Centre
West London
       Business College
Wimbledon School
       of English

FRANCE
Accord
Centre
       Méditerranéen
       d'Etudes
       Françaises
Le Génie des
       Langues
Silc - Séjours
       Linguistiques
       (England, France,
       Spain)
Silc - Séjours
       Linguistiques
       (England, France,
       Spain)

GERMANY
Eurasia Institute
language-
       programs.net
Prolog- International
       House Berlin

IRELAND
Alpha College of
       English
Atlantic Language
       Galway
Cork Language
       Centre International
Dublin City University
       Language
       Services
Dublin School of
       English
Emerald Cultural
       Institute
Galway Cultural
       Institute
High Schools
       International (HSI)
       (Australia, Canada,
       England)
Horner School of
       English
Liffey Linguistics
Linguaviva Centre
MEI~Relsa
Swan Training
       Institute

ITALY
Dilit - International
       House
Linguaviva
       International

MALTA
Britannia College
EC - English
       Language Centres
       (England, Malta,
       South Africa)
Feltom
inlingua Malta
International School
       of English
Linguatime
Malta Tourism
       Authority

MONACO
Home Language
       International
       (Argentina,
       Australia, Austria,
       Brazil, Canada,
       Chile, China, Czech
       Republic, Denmark,
       Egypt, Finland,
       France, Germany,
       Holland, Hungary,
       Ireland, Italy, Japan,
       Malta, NZ, Norway,
       Poland, Portugal,
       Russia, Spain,
       Sweden,
       Switzerland, UK,
       USA, Venezuela)

NEW ZEALAND
Auckland English
       Academy
Education New
       Zealand
Languages
       International
Rotorua English
       Language Academy

POLAND
York School

PORTUGAL
Cial - Centro de
       Línguas
Self Escola de
       Línguas

RUSSIA
Liden & Denz
       Language Centre

SCOTLAND
EAC Language
       Centres and Activity
       Camps (England,
       Ireland, Scotland,
       Wales)

SOUTH AFRICA
Good Hope Studies
Interlink School of
       Languages

SPAIN
Asociación Gallega
       de Escuelas de
       Español - Agaes
Enforex Spanish in
       the Spanish World
Esade-Executive
       Language
Fedele / Turlingua
Hispalengua
International House
       Sevilla - Clic

SWITZERLAND
Academia Sprach-
       und Lernzentrum
EF Language
       Colleges Ltd
       (Australia, Canada,
       China, Ecuador,
       England, France,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, Malta, New
       Zealand, Russia,
       Scotland, Spain,
       USA)
Eurocentres
       International
       (Australia, Canada,
       England, France,
       Germany, Italy,
       Japan, New
       Zealand, Russia,
       Spain, Switzerland,
       USA)

USA
American Language
       Communication
       Center
Inlingua School of
       Languages
Kaplan Educational
       Centers (Canada,
       England, USA)
Rennert Bilingual
University of
       California San Diego
University of
       California Santa
       Barbara
Zoni Language
       Centers


EDUCATION TRAVEL MAGAZINE

AUSTRALIA
Gosford Christian
       School
Queensland Non-
       Government
       Schools Education
       Co-op
St Paul's
       International School
The Armidale School

ENGLAND
Athena College of
       Professional
       Studies
Queen Ethelburga's
       College

USA
St Timothy's School