Indianapolis, Indiana is one of the most important cities in the Midwest region of the U.S., also considered the popcorn capital of the world. It is an excellent place to take advantage of the new interdisciplinary and practical virtues of an American higher education.
Indianapolis is a major transport hub in the US, being a checkpoint for most of the East-West trade and supply chain and gathers workforce from across the country. This has led to the development of large transport and logistics companies like Republic Airways, FedEx or Amtrak, but also many retailers such as Hhgregg or Finish Line.
Indianapolis also has a traditional industrial sector, with car and machinery manufacturers such as Chrysler, Ford, GM and Rolls-Royce. A new economic sector is biotechnology, which has grown in Indianapolis thanks to the presence of highly qualified research personnel emerging from the university graduates in and around the city.
Biotech companies such as Roche Diagnostics, Dow AgroSciences and healthcare providers such as Franciscan Health, Indiana University Health and St. Vincent Health are some of the largest employers in Indianapolis, illustrating the high demand for graduates specialised in these fields.
Indianapolis is an attractive destination for young people, being a modern planned-city, purposely-built as a state capital and a highly organised urbanistic area. It has become completely integrated in the surrounding county, becoming a large metropolitan area in the heart of the U.S. This continuous systematisation has made Indianapolis a bike-friendly and pedestrian-friendly city, with long, vehicle-free corridors spanning across the urban area.
The city is most renowned for Indianapolis 500, the annual automobile race which attracts more than a quarter of a million spectators and has participants from around the world. The event is preceded by many parades, concerts, sports competitions and other festivities.
Another major annual event that caters to the city’s young population is Gen Con. The gaming convention is the largest in North America, gathering more than 60,000 participants every year.
There are several major landmarks and tourist attractions in the city such as:
For sports enthusiasts, Indianapolis is the place to be, with basketball and American football being the preferred local pastimes.
Indianapolis has a rich nightlife, with jazz clubs and cultural restaurants, the city being the birthplace of the ‘Shrimp cocktail’.
Indianapolis is a densely populated city with a diverse population and a growing immigrant community from across the globe (25% are under the age of 18). It has one of the youngest inhabitants from across the U.S., which reflects its role as student hotspot. While diverse, the residents of Indianapolis are very well integrated, with all the population speaking English. There is a growing Hispanic community which is rather stable in maintaining their linguistic identity and culture. Indianapolis is also a place where you can find a resident community of Native Americans. The city has one of the most tolerant communities in the United States with regards to ethnic, religious and sexual minorities.
Summers in Indianapolis are hot, humid and wet, with an average of 75.4 °F (24.1 °C), and winters are moderately cold with some snowfall and an average of 28.1 °F (-2.2 °C). Extreme temperatures can reach a cold of 0 °F (-18 °C) or a heat of 95 °F (35 °C). The rainy season extends from spring into summer, with the most rainfall being in May: 5.05 inches (12.8 cm). Snowfall averages at 25.9 inches (66 cm) per season.
Indianapolis has very affordable accommodation options, including student housing:
Indianapolis is a reasonably priced city, with a living cost required around 700-800 USD/month, excluding accommodation. An average monthly pass for local transport is about 60 USD while food will cost around 262 USD/month.