Universities & Colleges in Kentucky
Also known as "Bluegrass State' is located in the upper South of the US. This state is the 26th most populous state with a population of 4.3 million. The capital of Kentucky is Frankfort. Kentucky has a humid-subtropical climate where monthly temperature during summers can go as high as 31 degree C, while winters can plummet to -5 degree C.
Kentucky chiefly manufactures electrical equipments, food products, automobiles, nonelectrical machinery, chemicals, and apparel. Printing and publishing along with tourism is an important sector here. This state also is the major producers of coal in the USA. Kentucky is even home to five fortune 500 companies namely Humana Inc., General Cable, Ashland, Yum Brands and Kindred Healthcare.
Cost of living
The cost of living
in Kentucky is lesser than the national average. Hence, you can live a great life at a low cost in Kentucky. An average person earns $39,000, which is short by $8,000 when compared to the US average annual salary.
Kentucky provides an improved education system with 31 public and 45 private four year higher educational institutions. Some of the top notch universities in Kentucky are University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, and Eastern Kentucky University etc. The courses of study here include Arts and Humanities, Business and social Sciences, Medicine and Health, Engineering, Technology, Language and Cultural Studies etc. Colleges in Kentucky are spread across the state- from countryside to urban cities like Lexington, Louisville to name a few.
The total number of international students in the state is 5111 according to Open Door fact sheet. Almost 1461 international students enrol in the University of Kentucky with most of students from countries china, South Korea, India, Saudi Arabia and Canada.
Apart from this, many universities in Kentucky, like the North Kentucky University have expanded international offerings in recent years to include faculty and student exchanges.
For the University of Kentucky, the In-state tuition and fees is $9,500 (2011-12) and the Out-of-state tuition and fees is $19,000 (2011-12) with almost 94% of students getting financial aid.
An international student needs to shell out almost over $14000 as his tuition fees. However, the tuition fees vary depending on the institutes. University of Louisville can be as expensive as$17,000, while Northern Kentucky University can be a low $10,700. There are other economical options like Kentucky State University, which is even cheaper.
For students who find it hard to sustain the education expenses, there are vocational schools also available to earn few bucks. Students can also take up grants, fellowship programs, scholarships in enrolled college or any other part time jobs to suffice their needs. International students might not be eligible for financial assistance from the government.
Top sector for employment
In the recent years, in the state of Kentucky for sectors like transportation, manufacturing, trade, religious organizations, utilities and repair companies, mining and information there has been a significant growth in employment. Apart from this, health care-oriented jobs in clinics, hospitals, etc. have seen a tremendous increase in the jobs offered.