Study in Champaign, The United States
Study in Champaign, The United StatesChampaign City is Champaign County, Illinois located 135 miles (217 km) south of Chicago, 178 miles (286 km) northeast of Missouri, and 124 miles (200 km) west of Indiana. It is the home of Parkland College and shares the campus of the University of Illinois with the city of Urbana. Having large technology and software industries that focus on the development of modern technology and on research, the city has become an ideal destination for college and university students. Already the University of Illinois system on its Champaign-Urbana campus has been attracting students from neighbor cities of Urbana, Savoy, Mahomet, Thomasboro and Philo for an enrolment of 32,000, excluding about 6,000 international students in one academic year. Sprawling out into the two cities, the university campus consists of more than 280 buildings, including its public academic library considered as the largest in the United States. One of the world’s richest men, Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft once revealed that his company hires more UI graduates than any university in the US and the world.
It is important to know that the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana holds an annual State Science Olympiad and consents to being the regular site of the National Olympiad tournaments participated in by young student scientists from 50 American states. It also helps provide employment to the city government, employing about 10,900 university staffs and workers—the highest workforce in the city. Champaign’s Unit Four School District and the famous Kraft Foods employ more than 1,300 each while Parkland College has 1,200 employees. The city government has a workforce of only 641. Adjacent to the University campus is the so-called Campus Town, which is a commercial district but principally serves as a retail and entertainment center, having numerous entertainment outlets and retail stores for the students of the University.
The presence of many other colleges in Champaign, including the Illinois State University and the Parkland College adds up to the city’s burgeoning student population in the higher education level, a big part of which is in the Urbana-Champaign campus, which is the flagship campus of the University of Illinois system. In the campus, as in the other top colleges are offered the popular programs of study with the following majors:
- Business and management
- Marketing and Related Support Services
- Social Sciences
- Communication and Journalism
- Biological and Biomedical Sciences
These are offered as undergraduate programs, graduate programs and professional programs. In the UI Urbana-Champaign campus, all courses are offered in 157 programs of study apportioned among its 16 colleges, schools and instructional units. The undergraduate programs consist of major, minor and pre-professional courses unlike in the graduate programs which offer fields of concentration and joint-degree courses. The professional programs offer courses leading to the degree of Juris Doctorate or Bachelor of Laws, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.