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Life in Phoenix

America’s 5th largest city and the capital of Arizona, Phoenix is a unique melting pot of people and cultures. Known as the “Valley of the Sun,” Phoenix gets 300+ days of sunshine every year. The blend of Southwestern culture and desert climate makes it a city like no other.

“I love the weather here! As an international student, I get to hang out with other international friends, and I love how I can call a whole new environment my new home.”

Sammy from South Korea,
BS Graphic Information Technology student 

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Phoenix’s vibrant culture means there’s always something new to explore

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In Phoenix, you’ll enjoy a never-ending list of fun things to experience! 

Discover Native American culture

Before Phoenix became a bustling metropolis attracting people and businesses from all over the world, it was home to Native American tribes that made their home in the Sonoran Desert for thousands of years. Their rich history and culture are woven throughout the fabric of Phoenix and can be seen at Pueblo Grande Archaeological Park, the Casa Grande Ruins and the Heard Museum, among many other places.

A home for sports fans 

Sports play a central role in Phoenix’s culture. Accordingly, Phoenix has no shortage of professional sports teams and state-of-the-art arenas and stadiums. The city’s teams include the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, the MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks, the MLS’s Phoenix Rising FC and more. Attending a game for any one of these sports clubs is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in American sports culture. 

A blossoming food scene

In recent years, Phoenix’s dining options have boomed, and the city has been reborn as a ‘foodie oasis in the Arizona desert’ (The Guardian). As a city that’s only 200 miles from the Southern US border, Mexican cuisine has firmly implanted itself Phoenix’s reinvented food scene with authentic mariachi restaurants and delicious Mexican fusion food spanning an array of cultures – including both Korean-Mexican and Chinese-Mexican eateries. (The Guardian)

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Amazing experiences you can have in Phoenix

Goldrush Music Festival

Phoenix’s biggest annual music festival features primarily hip-hop artists and electronic dance music, attracting thousands of college students and young professionals.

Concerts at the Footprint Center

Primarily a basketball arena for the Phoenix Suns, the Footprint Center is also where world-famous musicians and bands come to play to crowds of 17,000+.

Arizona Taco Festival

For an authentic taste of the American Southwest, the annual Arizona Taco Festival offers tacos from dozens of Phoenix-based restaurants. Each taco you try is only $2!

Devour Culinary Classic Weekend

Often named among the best food festivals in America, this 2-day event showcases some of Arizona’s best chefs for a weekend of outstanding food from some of Arizona’s best restaurants.

Camelback Mountain

The summit of Camelback is one of the highest peaks in Phoenix and the best view you can get of the sprawling city.

Hole-in-the-Rock Trail

One of Phoenix’s iconic natural landmarks, the Hole in the Rock is a quick and easy hike, and the perfect spot to see Phoenix’s gorgeous sunset.