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美国南加州大学:留学生首选

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For Foreign Students, Top Choice in US: USC


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This is the VOA Special English Education Report.

The number of international students in the United States is at record levels. Last year, more than six hundred seventy thousand foreign students attended an American college or university.

And for the eighth year the school with the largest number was the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

U.S.C. has about six thousand six hundred international students in regular academic programs. One in four graduate students and one in ten undergraduates come from other countries.

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In a special class, international students meet with American students and learn about American life, says instructor Vincent Vigil.

VINCENT VIGIL: "We are able to have them interact with American students, but then also ask them any sort of simple questions that you may ask another person: 'What do you like to do for fun? Why did you choose U.S.C.? What do you do on the weekends?' Just simple things so that way they get to understand what it means to be an American student."

Sports fans know the University of Southern California for its athletics, but students say they come for the strong academic programs. "Star Wars" director George Lucas got his start at the U.S.C. film school.

The university's ties are strongest with Asia. A Japanese student was in the class of eighteen ninety.

Tony Tambascia, director of the office of international services, says U.S.C. actively seeks international students.

TONY TAMBASCIA: "We currently have students from about one hundred fifteen different places of origin around the world. India is first with over fifteen hundred students. We have almost as many from mainland China."

Yuan Si Zhao, from Beijing, is working on her master's degree in communication management.

YUAN SI ZHAO: "I have lots of friends that came to U.S.C. That is the main reason I wanted to come. And then, one of my family friends actually recommended this school when I was little."

Some students come to study business or liberal arts or to attend the university's highly rated engineering school.

Indian engineering student Rahul Khola says the international student population was part of the school's appeal. California's climate is also appealing. But another engineering student from India, Bikramjeet Singh Grewal, says he does not have time for much fun in the sun.

BIKRAMJEET SINGH GREWAL: "Because sometimes you are busy and sometimes your friends are busy. Sometimes your professors make you busy."

Foreign students not only give schools more applicants to choose from, they also provide money. Undergraduate students from other countries usually pay full tuition at American colleges and universities. Only a small percentage receive financial aid.

And that's the VOA Special English Education Report, with reporting by Mike O'Sullivan in Los Angeles. Check out our Foreign Student Series for those interested in studying in the United States. Click on the link at en8848.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and iTunes at VOA Learning English. I'm Steve Ember.

南加州大学学校概况
    
创建于1880年的南加利福尼亚大学(University of Southern California 南加州大学,简称南加大 USC),坐落于美国西岸洛杉矶市中心,是美国西部规模最大,也最古老的私立大学。身为洛杉矶当地的第一所全科大学。大学至今已经走过了120多年的历程,南加大不仅见证了19世纪美国西部的“淘金热“与20世纪信息革命的发展,也见证了洛杉矶---这个美国仅次于纽约的第二大城市的崛起和发展。从 1880年的53名学生和10名教师,到如今约3万学生和4千多名教授,南加州大学已经从一所普通的地方学校成发展成为一所国际化的知名学府。目前,南加大是获得联邦政府(研究与发展)经费最多的十所美国私立大学之一。南加州大学在最新的全美大学排名中名列第三十位。
    
南加州大学地区介绍
  
南加州大学University of Southern California的主要校区位于洛杉矶市区,交通十分便利,有巴士、地铁和火车,是南加州文化、商业、观光的所在地。若是要去参观众多世界明星出没的地点,从南加大开车到好莱坞Hollywood,仅需短短的10到20分钟而已,若想要到世界闻名的迪斯尼乐园Disneyland则只要50分钟,可说是十分便利?邻近还有环球影城Universal Studio、圣地亚哥和圣塔芭芭拉等地,周末旅游时则可以就近到旧金山、优圣美地、大峡谷、拉斯韦加斯,或者可以到其它学校参观。19世纪末20世纪初,随着石油的发现,洛杉矶开始崛起,迅速发展成美国西部一个最大的城市。第二次世界大战后,现代工业的崛起,商业、金融业和旅游业繁荣,移民激增,城区不断向四周扩展,洛杉矶成为美国的特大城市。现在的洛杉矶,已成为美国石油化工、海洋、航天工业和电子业的最大基地。它是美国科技的主要中心之一,拥有科学家和工程技术人员的数量位居全美第一,享有“科技之城”的称号,著名的硅谷就坐落这里。近年来,洛杉矶的金融业和商业也迅速发展,数百家银行在洛杉矶设有办事处,包括许多著名的国际大财团,如洛克希德,诺思罗普,罗克韦尔等,洛杉矶已成为仅次于纽约的金融中心。

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