LIVING IN USA

The Country

Referred to as the US, the USA, the United States, or simply the States, the United States of America is one of the world's most ethnically diverse nations. With its history of mass immigration dating from the 17th century, it is a "melting pot" of cultures from around the world

"America the Beautiful" includes both densely-populated cities with sprawling suburbs, and vast, uninhabited and naturally beautiful areas.

With the largest national economy in the world, America offers immigrants the opportunity to achieve greater material prosperity than was possible in their countries of origin, the opportunity for their children to grow up and receive an education, and the opportunity to make individual choices without the constraints of class, caste, religion, race, or ethnic group.

America is known for being a champion of human rights and personal freedoms, and both are constitutionally enshrined in the United States Bill of Rights.

Boasting a standard of living that is one of the top in the world, immigrants are attracted to this beautiful country as it promises life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Language

Although the US does not have an official language, the majority of the population speaks English as a native language. The Spanish language is the second most common language spoken by almost 37 million people. With approximately 337 different languages spoken by the population, almost every language and culture in the world can find some representation, and a home, in America.

Accomodation

It is always best to stay on campus. Not only are the basic amenities easily accessible but also on-campus life allows students to gradually integrate into the student community under the guidance of peers and staff. If on campus option is not available then one should look for the home-stays or rented accommodation. Home-stays provide family life and are usually cheaper than on campus accommodation. Depending on your location, home-stays usually cost 800-1000USD a month on single occupancy room basis, including meals. Students who decide to rent an apartment can also get valuable help from the university student association.

Culture

The United States is home to many cultures and a wide variety of ethnic groups, traditions, and values. Aside from the relatively small Native American and Native Hawaiian populations, nearly all Americans or their ancestors settled or immigrated within the past five centuries. Mainstream American culture is a Western culture largely derived from the traditions of European immigrants with influences from many other sources, such as traditions brought by slaves from Africa. More recent immigration from Asia and especially Latin America has added to a cultural mix that has been described as both a homogenizing melting pot, and a heterogeneous salad bowl in which immigrants and their descendants retain distinctive cultural characteristics.

Transport

Transportation in the United States is facilitated by road, air, rail, and waterways (via boats). The vast majority of passenger travel occurs by automobile for shorter distances, and airplane or railroad for some people, for longer distances. In descending order, most cargoes travel by railroad, truck, pipeline, or boat; air shipping is typically used only for perishables and premium express shipments.

Mobile phone

When you first arrive, it is expected that you will be calling home frequently. It is essential to check your phone’s compatibility with US mobile operators, as some phones don’t work in the US. With diverse choices of handsets and monthly plans, you can enjoy variety in handsets, operators and competitive costs. Since most prepaid connections require a Social Security card, a prepaid connection is cost effective and a convenient alternative.

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