Getting to Atlanta is really no problem since one of the biggest Airlines, DELTA, has its main airport there. To find an appropriate housing is easy because the chamber has a list of Landlords an Landladies that do have rooms for rent. Cultural activities and the going out is just great in Atlanta. My favorite have been the Virginia Highlands, nice European style quarter with lots of cafes pubs and fashion shops... it is also a great area to live in. If you really wonna get drunk, if you wonna party your ass off, then you gotta go to Buckhead. Thats like El Arenal on Mallorka. If you wonna go clubbing your should try the midtown area. Besides there are lots of other cultural events like the peach tree race, midtown festival, freak nick, and so on. Atlanta is a great city to live in.
Of course you need a J1 visa for working in the States. But this should not be a decisive problem anymore after you have contacted the CIEE as recommended on the gacc homepage. Another possibility is for instance to contact the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft in Cologne (if you are German). They have interesting scholarships and can also help with visa. But be careful with scholarships, because if go with a scholarship it is hard to change visa status... since you are subject to rule 212 E. That is a little tricky and I do not want to explain it all, but it could become a problem, if you are almost graduated and you get a offer to stay in the States and continue working there... Just ask CIEE or CDG
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