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EDUCATION REPORT - March 6, 2003: Foreign Student Series #25 >USC - 2003-03-04

This is the VOA Special English EDUCATION REPORT.

We continue our series of reports about how students from others countries can attend an American college or university. This week, we tell about the university in the United States that has the largest number of foreign students.

That is the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, on the west coast. The school is known as U-S-C for short. Almost six-thousand students from outside the United States attended U-S-C last year. That was out of a student population of more than twenty-nine-thousand.

The foreign students came from one-hundred-seventeen nations. Almost half were from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and South Korea. Large numbers of students from India, Japan, Canada, Thailand and Indonesia also attend the University of Southern California.

Los Angeles is the second largest city in America. It is home to Hollywood. U-S-C is located in the south central part of Los Angeles.

Most foreign students who attend U-S-C have already completed a four-year bachelor's degree. These graduate students mainly study engineering, computer science and business. Most undergraduate foreign students at U-S-C study business, computer science, music and engineering.

The cost for an undergraduate at the University of Southern California is about thirty-nine-thousand dollars for one year. That includes classes, housing, food and insurance. Graduate students pay a little less, about thirty-three-thousand.

Financial aid for an international graduate student is normally in the form a job as a research or teaching assistant. First-year undergraduates are considered for some financial aid, but to pay for their classes only.

U-S-C has offices in four Asian cities to provide people with information about the school. These offices are located in Hong Kong, Jakarta, Taipei and Tokyo. They help parents of U-S-C students communicate with the university. They also hold meetings to get local students interested in attending the school.

You can get more information on the Internet at the university’s Web site:

Our foreign student series will continue next Thursday. You can find the programs we have broadcast so far at our Web site: voaspecialenglish dot com.

This VOA Special English EDUCATION REPORT was written by Nancy Steinbach.