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Boston is the capital of the state of Massachusetts in the north-east of the USA. It is part of the metropolitan area of Greater Boston, which is home to more than 100 universities and higher education colleges and over 250,000 students.
Established in 1630, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the USA and has played an important role in the nation’s history, including being the scene of many key events in the American War of Independence.
As well as access to courses at some of the world’s most famous universities, postgraduate students in Boston have the chance to experience a city with a rich history and vibrant culture. Boston’s New England heritage is reflected in its distinctive cuisine and the architectural style of many of its older buildings; some of the city’s important historical sites are also preserved as part of a large National Historical Park. You can visit several of the most historically significant parts of Boston by walking the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail, which takes in iconic locations such as the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, the USS Constitution and the Bunker Hill Monument. Other cultural highlights in Boston include the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Fine Arts.
In sport, Boston is represented by several fanatically-supported teams in baseball, ice hockey, American football and basketball. It’s also home to the Boston Marathon – the oldest annual marathon in the world.
The universities in Greater Boston are some of the most prestigious in America, including Harvard University, Boston University, Brandeis University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In particular, Harvard and MIT – located in nearby Cambridge – are world-renowned higher education institutions.
Originally founded in 1861, MIT has become established as one of the most esteemed universities for physical science and engineering research and training in the world. It is usually listed as a top ten global university and has also topped some annual rankings tables.
Harvard, meanwhile is the oldest university in the USA (and North America), having been founded in 1636. It is a member of the prestigious Ivy League, is consistently ranked as a world top five institution and its alumni include over 150 Nobel laureates and eight US presidents.
Boston offers plenty of employment opportunities for talented postgraduates. The city has a reputation for innovation, with technology and life sciences playing important roles in the economy of the Greater Boston metropolitan area. Major companies headquartered in Boston include General Electric, Reebok, New Balance and Santander Bank.
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