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    Explore the City

    Immerse yourself in the windy city and experience the American melting pot.

    Living in Chicago

Life in America

Moving to America to study abroad is an exciting, once in a lifetime opportunity to explore a new country, learn more about the world, and learn more about yourself. Chicago is one of America’s most popular student cities, full of economic opportunity and a great quality of life.

Great International Student Experience

Gaining your education abroad is an incredible opportunity to explore a new part of the world and learn more about yourself in the process. Living in the USA you will discover new cultures and gain new skills by working alongside new people.

The USA is made up of 50 states and one disctrict. Roosevelt University is located in Chicago, Illinois, and the heart of the country. Chicago is the third largest city in the USA, filled with culture, diversity, and opportunity. Set beside Lake Michigan in Illinois, it has vibrant culture, famous landmarks, lakeside beaches, and more than 500 parks. Named as the number one city to enjoy life to the fullest (The Sun, 2016), you will always find something new to try while living in Chicago.

Ethnic Diversity

The USA is known as the “melting pot”, where immigrants from around the world have come to build a new life and achieve their dreams. With such a rich culture of diversity, you will find that you are welcome here and supported to share your culture and heritage. You will be able to explore all kinds of new cultures in each of Chicago’s 77 distinct neighborhoods.

Economic Opportunity

Living in America means accessing unparalleled opportunity to further your career and find success. Some of the world’s leading companies are based in the USA. Chicago has outstanding opportunities for work experience, internships, volunteering, mentorships, and employment. The city has 31 Fortune 500 companies and ranks as the number one city for corporate growth (Site Selection magazine 2017). While studying at Roosevelt University International Study Center, you will be supported to gain a practical education, and seek work opportunities that will help prepare you to enter the world of work.

American Culture

Americans are a friendly group of people who value hard work and great friendships. During your student life on campus you will meet other international students and domestic students from all different walks of life. Americans love to spend their free time enjoying the company of friends and family, and visiting the many world-class theaters, museums, galleries, restaurants, and outdoor events in Chicago is a great way to learn more about the city and spend time with your friends.


Explore the USA

Chicago is connected to the rest of the world by international flights, and is an excellent base for exploring the USA during weekends and holidays. Public transport is extensive, and domestic flights are the best way to travel long distances.

It is easy to fly to other American cities from Chicago’s two main airports: O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW).

O’Hare International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world and is located 17 miles from Roosevelt University. You can find direct services to most major cities across the country including:

  • New York (2 hours)
  • Atlanta (2 hours)
  • Nashville (1 hour 30 minutes).

Chicago Midway International Airport has direct flights to many major cities and is 10 miles from the university.

You can also travel to major American cities using trains, a hire car, or long distance bus services. The Chicago Union Station (rail) and Chicago Greyhound Station (buses) are walking distance from campus.

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Average Weather

Weather varies across the USA. In Chicago you will likely experience:

  • Spring (Mar-May): Mild and often rainy, with temperatures varying from 18°C to 21°C.
  • Summer (June-Aug): Hot, sunny summers are the perfect time to enjoy the many parks. Average temperatures range from 26°C to 30°C.
  • Fall (Sept-Nov): A calmer season when the days start to cool. Average temperatures range from 14°C to 24°C.
  • Winter (Dec-Feb): Cold, with regular snowfall. Average temperatures range from -5°C to 9°C.