Baltimore, the largest of its kind from Maryland and the largest independent city of the U.S.A. has a unique atmosphere. Being also home to the most public monuments per capita, Baltimore is also known as “Charm city”, “The city of firsts” or, as one of its mottos says, “The city that reads”. This city is famous for its second largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic area, the Inner Harbour, who attracts visitors and locals altogether. Besides its harbour-urban park, Baltimore has hundreds of districts with plenty of cultures, vibes and styles. From modern skyscrapers to picturesque brick buildings, Baltimore stands out in the United States of America. The rich culture of Baltimore is also visible from the large number of artists that lived there, such as writer Edgar Allan Poe, singer Billie Holiday, baseball player Babe Ruth, and composer Francis Scott Key, who wrote the national anthem of the U.S.A.
While some universities offer courses in order to ease the students’ way to employment, others provide counselling, internships, workshops and other opportunities.
Baltimore, however, was an industrial town that now focuses on a service economy that keeps local economy stable. Downtown Baltimore is the city’s business heart, where technology is growing so fast that Forbes ranked the city as fourth America’s “new tech hot spot”. The main employment providers are two famous institutions: a hospital and a university.
The World Trade Centre Baltimore, located in the harbour is in charge of international commerce, while tourism placed the city on the East Coast map.
Baltimore is represented by the famous and spectacular Inner Harbour area, which also includes the National Aquarium. There are also other attractions such as the Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Fort McHenry or the neighbourhoods of Fells Point and Mount Vernon.
If you wish to mix indoor activities with culture, you may visit the Walters Art Museum, the Sports Legends Museums at Camden Yards, Baltimore Museum of Industry and B&O Railroad Museum or Charles Theatre.
Arts and entertainment have their own areas, found in Station North Arts and Entertainment District, Highlandtown Arts District and Bromo Arts & Entertainment District. A famous institution also is the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Some of the events that attract visitors are the Artscape and Maryland Film Festival. However, nightlife in Baltimore is active and impressive in some of the city’s neighbourhoods, where you can find bars, taverns, clubs or sports bars.
Baltimore is a mixed city, when it comes to culture and origins of its inhabitants. Locals are friendly and try to keep a small town atmosphere. You may meet Hispanics, Africans, French and Chinese.
International students appreciate the urban-harbour vibe of this city and are welcomed by locals.
Baltimore’s climate is based on four seasons. Winters are cool and sometimes there are snowfalls, autumns and springs are warm and, sometimes, with precipitations and summers are very warm and humid. Afternoons sometimes bring a pleasant breeze. Average temperatures are of 2.1°C (35.8°F) in January and 27.1°C (80.7°F) in July.
Johns Hopkins University opened in 1876 with the inauguration of our first president, Daniel Coit Gilman. He guided the opening of the university and other institutions, including the university press, the hospital, and the schools of nursing and medicine. The original academic building on the Homewood campus, Gilman Hall, is named in his honor.