Study in Chesapeake, The United States
Study in Chesapeake, The United StatesThe population of Chesapeake City in Virginia State of more than 222,000 people on a land area of 340.7 square miles (882.5 sq.km) makes it as one of the three largest cities of the state. As home to many interesting landmarks, like the Chesapeake Arboretum, the Chesapeake and Albermarle Canal, and the Dismal Swamp Canal, it has been named the 21st best city in the United States by the Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. The Arboretum is a sanctuary for trees including some 200-year olds that preserves and protects urban forests and serves as an ancestral tract of land for enjoyment and education of residents and visitors. The Chesapeake and Albermarle Canal is a historic waterway between Chesapeake Bay and Albermarle Sound, a shallow coastal inlet built more than two centuries ago with two canals for inland navigation. The Dismal Swamp Canal is the oldest man-made waterway in the US, measuring some 1,203 acres.
It may interest students to know that Chesapeake City is the hometown of many noted sports personalities and from which they took schooling in its various schools. They include Bubba Blackhawk Walters, world kickboxing champion, and many baseball players who have seen professional action. Chris Richardson, American Idol Season 6 finalist, and American anti-abortion activist Donald Spitz, are also Chesapeake residents.
Chesapeake’s schools, especially its technical, business and aesthetic institutions attract both local and foreign students into a variety of courses. Most of these 54 institutions of higher learning offer programs leading to associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees on such fields as (a) business, (b) engineering, (c) social sciences, (d) information systems technology, (e) education, and (f) mental and social health sciences. Some of these institutions also offer majors in accounting, public administration and health services administration, and career-focused education in many areas of discipline.
Among the top institutions of higher learning in the city are the following:
- Strayer University, which is home to more than 1,000 international students each school year
- Everest College, with day and evening classes proving hands-on training
- Averett University
- Devry University
- Kaplan College
- Tidewater Community College
The city government through the Chesapeake Public Schools is the governing body for the city’s public school system, which consists of elementary, middle and secondary or high schools. The elementary level has 28 public schools, the Middle, 10, and seven high schools. Some of the noted high schools are the Deep Creek, Grassfield, Great Bridge, Hickory, Indian River, Oscar Smith and Western Branch.
The city similarly promotes student exchange programs for the development of a sense of global citizenship, starting with high school students. With these programs, the city government also maintains its commitment to provide educational opportunities through collaboration between the host families in the participating countries, and a unique experience for the students when they return to their home countries after the program. More importantly, it partners with some colleges especially the Everest College in providing scholarships and grants for qualified international students. Among these scholarships are the Arthur Lockwood Beneventi Law Scholarship, Alice W. Rooke Scholarship, Byron Hanke Fellowship, and Occupational and Physical Therapy Scholarship.