- 1 First Impression of Pittsburgh
Sightseeing spots nearby, security, climate, etc
The first time you arrive at Pittsburgh, it would be at night, and it is very cold at that time. The winter is always covered with snow. But when spring comes, weather will become much better. Pittsburgh is the most secure city in the US, and if you have cars, you can drive to some sightseeing spots. Besides, INI will have skiing events.
About Carnegie Mellon University and the Information Networking Institute
Feature of the INI, significant lectures, student activities, etc
(mellon music hall)
CMU is beautiful, but the university nearby, the University of Pittsburgh is much beautiful. INI has a lot of events, such as the cruise and CMU will also hold some events for women. I will recommend 08722 the algorithm course, since the professor is very humous, and in the class, you might get an apple if you answer the question.
3 About the daily life
The way to find an apartment, rental market value, living cost, foods, cafeterias, health insurance, medical care, activities in holidays, etc
You can find the apartment on ‘cmu bbs’, ‘craiglist’ and ‘zillow’. And living cost might be about $1000+ one month, if you would like to share apartment with at least one roommate, rental may be $500/mo or be lower, and if you would like to live by your own, the rental might be $1000/mo. The summer needs air-condition, which may be of your own charge, the heat and water usually included in the rental, and the electricity is of your own charge. The insurance usually costs about $1500/semester
Public transportation between the apartment and the campus, transportation fee nearby, transportation fee in downtown, etc
Usually we take bus to go to school, and the transportation fee is included in the tuition, that is to say, we can take buses inside Pittsburgh, includes downtown.
- 5 Job hunting / Internship status
There is no internship in this program, and we can find job in the US, all the famous IT companies will come to CMU career fair, and we can apply for the job positions. And we should find job in about early November, since there is some process to do for companies to finish. In Japan, there is one opportunity for us to have internship in Rakuten. And you can work in Rakuten after graduation.
- 6 Other recommendations
Troubles in Pittsburgh, challenges, new findings, etc
Pittsburgh has beautiful scenery, but the workload in CMU is very heavy, and do your best to get best score in CMU. It is different from Kobe, although I think Japan is much more beautiful than Pittsburgh, I still love Pittsburgh since all students here are doing their best to achieve their dreams. This is very charming. Hope you will find something special to you in Pittsburgh.