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 Partner 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.

College of Staten Island (CUNY)

The College of Staten Island (CSI) offers a world-class education in the world’s most exciting city of New York. CSI is located on a serene, beautiful campus where you can focus on your studies. The college is part of the City University of New York (CUNY) and is the largest single site campus in New York City. Options included graduate, undergraduate and ESL courses, something for everyone. Combine with Homestay and get the full New York Experience!

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. Kaplan Medical’s New York center is located on 56th Street in mid-town Manhattan.

Manhattan College

Manhattan College has over 4,000 students on a traditional style campus located at the end of the #1 subway in New York City. The college offers over 100 different degree programs and was recently ranked #3 nationwide for value. For those students needing some extra support in English, Manhattan offers six levels of study to meet your English as a foreign language needs, whether you’re a beginner or an advanced English language learner. The Riverdale neighborhood has nice homestay hosts, some within walking distance of campus!

Nile Language School

Nile Language School (NLS) is located near New York City, in the heart of northern New Jersey a convenient bus ride to Manhattan for outings and a practical place to learn English. NLS offers different levels of English as a Second Language; starting from beginner to advanced levels as well as TOEFL Test Preparation for university-bound students. Learn English faster with a homestay from AHN as we have many hosts within an easy commute to NLS’s Bergen County campus.

Pace University

The English Language Institute at Pace University offers a wide variety of programs to prepare you for university study or professional practice. ELI training programs offer small classes with hands-on training oriented to your goal, and offer those classes in exciting New York City. Our campuses are located in lower Manhattan and suburban Westchester County and convenient to homestay hosts who can boost your English immersion.

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

Columbia University

Princeton University

Rutgers University

Explore The City

Try a Meetup! 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:

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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