Studying in Detroit, United States

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Michigan, United States

Detroit at a glance

Detroit, Michigan, better known as ‘Motor City” or “Motown” for housing most of the U.S.’ car making industry, is a large city in the American Midwest which has evolved towards a diverse knowledge-based economy and student-friendly university policy. While it’s still an industrial centre for the automobile corporations, Detroit is mostly known nowadays for its racially-inclusive and diverse society, as well as the trend towards a highly-educated and international white collar workforce. The city is emerging as a business and entertainment hub in the region, attracting much of the economic and social life of neighbouring towns and countryside, from both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border.

Studying

Studying in Detroit

For international students interested in Detroit, the local universities have a wide array of Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes, specially designed to attract participants in all the main fields. Potential students can enrol for a Bachelor’s of Arts in history, philosophy, linguistic studies, as well as their corresponding interdisciplinary majors for Master’s degrees. For aspiring engineers, there are both undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science, information systems or electrical engineering, as well as many Master’s of Science opportunities in chemistry, materials science, civil engineering, biomedicine or applied mathematics. Students can also obtain an MBA, as well as PhDs in finance or management and there are graduate programmes in law and geology for the more specialised learners.

The focus of universities in Detroit is constantly on a pedagogical approach to teaching and skill development.

Career

Career opportunities in Detroit

Detroit has long been associated with the auto industry, but its economy has since changed into a more diverse and inclusive job market. The largest employers are in the field of healthcare, public service and administration, education and, at some distance behind, the car makers. The largest companies which have their headquarters in Detroit are Chrysler, General Motors, HP, the Big Four audit firms, Ford, DTE Energy, as well as numerous finance and insurance companies such as Blue Cross or Quicken Loans. While the largest opportunities seem to be for graduates of medical schools and MBAs, there is still significant demand for engineering degrees or finance and accounting professionals. For most graduates with a diploma in an economic field, there are plenty of internship options, starting from the first semesters of the study programme.

Life

Detroit city life

Detroit is a very vibrant city, with much of its culture being built upon its industrial tradition. There are many landmarks and tourist attractions throughout the city:

  • Motown Historical Museum
  • Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Museum
  • Tuskegee Airmen Museum
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Motown is a bustling centre for casino resorts and jazz festivals, enjoying a rich nightlife. Country music lovers also have reasons to enjoy Detroit thanks to its Hoedown festival. Unsurprisingly, the North American International Auto Show takes place in Detroit every year, alongside sports events, fireworks, leading up to the Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival. Contemporary street art is similarly appreciated in Motown, with numerous exhibitions and outdoor plays evoking the city’s industrial heritage. Detroit has, in addition to this, numerous sports teams which play in the national leagues in basketball, football, baseball and soccer.

International atmosphere in Detroit

While noticing a decrease in population, Detroit still has some of the youngest populations in the U.S., with 40% being under the age of 24. The city’s population is fairly diverse in cultural and ethnic background, which makes it one of the more inclusive urban areas in the U.S. and great place to get the multicultural American experience. The majority of the population speaks English, with languages like Spanish, Hindi or Chinese being spoken in the local communities. This diversity is also maintained by the constant flux of international students coming to study in Detroit.

Weather Detroit

In Detroit, the weather brings cold winters with moderate snowfall of 42.5 inches (108 cm) on average per year and a temperature of about 25.6 °F (-3.6 °C) in January. The summer season is warm, without it being too hot, with an average temperature of 73.6 °F (23.1 °C) in July. The moderate amount of precipitations reaches an average of 33.47 inches (850.1 cm)/year.

Costs

Accommodation costs in Detroit

There are several accommodation options in Detroit, with differing prices:

  • Rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre reaches 1,074 USD/month, while three bedrooms cost 1,887 USD/month
  • Rent for a one-bedroom apartment outside the city centre costs about 723 USD/month and three bedrooms cost 1,300 USD/month
  • On-campus housing costs around 625 USD/month for single rooms, 473 USD/month for double rooms and 400 USD/month for triple rooms.

Living costs in Detroit

Detroit is a moderately affordable city, with an average living cost ranging between 689 and 796 USD/month, excluding accommodation. Basic utility costs reach around 300 USD/month and the food budget reaches about 261 USD/month. A monthly local transport pass is 50 USD, while a one-way ticket is 2 USD.

Universities in Detroit

Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 28,000 students. Wayne State’s main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over 200 acres; its six extension centers offer higher education to students throughout Southeast Michigan. Wayne State is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in.

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University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest and most comprehensive Catholic university, sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus. Today's University boasts the heritage of two founding institutions: the University of Detroit, founded in 1877 by the Jesuits, and Mercy College of Detroit, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1941.

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