American Homestay Network New York/New Jersey

The Big Apple, as it is fondly known, New York is the largest city in the United States. You will enjoy exploring the many boroughs of the city. Each has it’s own unique culture and feel. Catch a show on Broadway or visit the historic Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. New York has some of the finest universities in the country including Columbia, Juilliard, and Pratt Institute. Come enjoy the city that never sleeps!

Just over the river you will find New Jersey. The garden state is known for it’s beautiful coast, lush landscapes, and rich history. You will find fantastic universities and colleges including Princeton University, Rutgers University, Bergen Community College and Montclair State University. Take a break from the big city and enjoy all that New Jersey has to offer!

Fun Facts About New York and New Jersey

  • Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park, and Bryant Park used to be cemeteries.
  • New York City has the largest Chinese population of any city outside of Asia.
  • New York City’s 520-mile coastline is longer than those of Miami, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco combined.
  • On a clear day, the Empire State Building offers 80 miles of visibility, which encompasses parts of New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
  • The first organized baseball game was played in Hoboken, NJ in 1846.
  • The properties in the United States version of the board game Monopoly are named after the streets of Atlantic City.
  • New Jersey was the first state to sign the Bill of Rights.
  • New Jersey is one of only two states where it is illegal to pump your own gas.
  • New Jersey has 127 miles of coastline on the Atlantic Ocean.

Homestay Parter Institutions in New York and New Jersey

Berkeley College

Berkeley’s NYC campus is in the heart of “The Big Apple,” where students can take advantage of the many educational and cultural experiences the city offers.

Other locations are in nearby Brooklyn and White Plains, New York, and throughout New Jersey with degrees offered through School of Business, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Graduate Studies.  AHN can help international students get started with a welcome package and hosts near campus.

Kaplan Medical

For foreign doctors looking to prepare for the USMLE and your U.S. Medical Residency, Kaplan Medical offers an in-depth training program with first-rate centers, expert instruction, and friendly staff to help you achieve success on USMLE and enjoy a rich, cultural experience in the United States.  AHN provides students a great place to start their time with a welcome package and hosts near campus that allows students to begin their medical prep, worry-free.

St John’s University

The Language Connection (TLC) provide learners with quality English language instruction, while helping them gain the academic skills and cultural knowledge necessary for their success in academic programs at St. John’s University and other academic institutions, and in their future professional and personal lives.  With a campus adjacent to NYU and supportive hosts nearby, TLC and Homestay give students a full immersion into New York.

Union County College

Union is the oldest community college in New Jersey and located in the New York City suburbs.  In partnership with American Honors, international students have unlimited options for where they’ll go next. The American Honors network of four-year colleges and universities extends from coast to coast, program graduates have been accepted at Stanford, Vanderbilt, Georgetown and many other top-tier schools.  Combined with a homestay, AH and AHN provide a powerful pathway to success in New York and the USA.

Other Colleges and Universities in New York and New Jersey

The Juilliard School

www.juilliard.edu
Programs: Dance, Acting, Guitar, Jazz Studies
Interesting fact: Juilliard maintains an inventory of 253 Steinway pianos, the largest collection of any institution in the world.

Columbia University

www.columbia.edu
Programs: Engineering, Medicine, Law, Business, International and Public Affairs
Interesting Fact: President Barack Obama graduated from Columbia.

Borough of Manhattan Community College

www.bmcc.cuny.edu
Programs: Small Business Entrepreneurship, Forensic Accounting, Business Administration, Language Immersion for International Students
Interesting Fact: Has students from over 100 different countries.

Princeton University

Programs: Economics, Political Science and Government, Molecular Biology, Psychology, Public Policy Analysis
Interesting Fact: On Nov. 6, 1869, the first American intercollegiate football game was played between Princeton and Rutgers.

Rutgers University

Programs: Psychology, Speech Communication and Rhetoric, Biological Sciences, Economics, Political Science and Government
Interesting Fact: PRutgers has been involved in 45 start-up companies, including 33 in New Jersey. There are some 400 technologies available for licensing from Rutgers.

Explore The City

Try a Meetup!

Meetup.com is a collection of groups that put on events called meetups. You can join groups based on your interests. It is a great way to meet new people in New York and New Jersey. Here are few groups to start out with:

New York
http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Culture/
http://www.meetup.com/I-Love-Adventure/
http://www.meetup.com/funthingstodoinnyctoday/
http://www.meetup.com/FWS-NYC/

New Jersey
http://www.meetup.com/jerseycitysocialgroupforcoolpeople/
http://www.meetup.com/NJMeetup/
http://www.meetup.com/JerseyYUP/
http://www.meetup.com/JCDT-Nightlife/

Weather

New York
NYC has 4 seasons and can get really hot and humid in the summer and very cold in the winter. There will be a lot of snow in the winter so pack your snow boots and scarves!

New Jersey
New Jersey has varied weather that includes snow, thunderstorms and 100 degree heat. Pack your all weather gear!

History and Demographics

Take a moment to learn about how the big apple started, how New Jersey got it’s name, and about the wonderful people that live there today.

New York City History
New York City Demographics
New Jersey City History
New Jersey City Demographics