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August 18, 2006 | Jonathan Abrams, Times Staff Writer
Roger Pinto is a whiz when it comes to electrical engineering. But Heisman trophies, Tommy Trojan and a horse named Traveler? No clue. Which is why Pinto and about 30 other first-year USC international students participated in a football seminar on Thursday to become acclimated with a certain American sport, which engulfs the university each fall. "It was quite interesting," said Pinto, a 23-year-old native of India who begins classes on Monday. "I knew a little bit about American football from the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers, but that was about it."
January 24, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Lee Bregman was hoping to reconnect with his favorite childhood sport and feed a case of World Cup-induced soccer fever in 2006 when he posted an Internet ad seeking players for a Sunday afternoon kick-around. Little did the Irvine resident know that his game would turn into something of a United Nations of pickup soccer, a weekly collision of cultures, religions, personalities, generations and playing styles that has helped more than a few international students assimilate to the U.S. The game also provides a refuge for older immigrants and second-generation Americans who love playing the sport but are leery of playground piranhas who can disrupt the action.
November 12, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
For the 11th year in a row, USC enrolled the most foreigners of any U.S. college or university in the 2011-12 school year as rising numbers of Chinese students pursued American education, according to a new study. UCLA was in sixth place nationally. USC hosted 9,269 foreign students, up about 7% from the year before, according to the annual report by the Institute of International Education, in partnership with the U.S. State Department. UCLA enrolled 6,703 last year, also up about 7%. Other schools in the top 10 were the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, New York University, Purdue University, Columbia University, Northeastern University, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan State University and Ohio State University.
April 13, 2012 | By Rosanna Xia and Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
Last year, Ming Qu and Ying Wu set off on a well-trod path for success-seeking Chinese. They left their native country, enrolled at a prestigious American university and plowed toward degrees that could ensure them respect - and a better future - when they returned home. The USC graduate students, focused intently on their electrical engineering program, hunkered down in a neighborhood just west of campus. It was quieter, a better atmosphere for studying, residents said. But it was also widely considered less safe.
April 18, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
The chances of in-state high school seniors gaining admission to the University of California worsened this year, as more of them applied and the number accepted dropped 2.2%, according to data released Thursday. Meanwhile, the ranks of out-of-staters and international students who were offered a UC spot continued to increase. A record 99,132 Californians sought to become UC freshmen in the fall and 60,089, or 60.6%, were admitted by at least one of the system's nine undergraduate campuses.
August 13, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
Here at the L.A. Times, we put the "test" in Test Kitchen. And sometimes we feel a little more like mad scientists than trained chefs. Not only do we test (and routinely retest) every recipe that runs in the paper but we also then re-create and style those recipes for food shoots to appear both online and in print, coordinate and shoot step-by-step demonstrations and videos of various cooking techniques, and prepare for recipe demonstrations that air on KTLA-TV 's afternoon news.
The tearoom at the local branch of a Japanese college has a name that translates as "place of tranquillity, far to the east of Japan." Mukogawa Ft. Wright Institute is well east of Japan, but it is far from tranquil. The abduction and rapes of two female students on Nov. 11 have traumatized the campus and upset many in this eastern Washington city. Part of the uproar concerns police response.
Orange Coast College has enrolled a record 939 international students for the fall semester. When the international student program began 14 years ago, 38 students were enrolled. In 1997, the number was 816. Orange Coast is in the top dozen of the nation's 1,200 community colleges in attracting students from other countries. "Our goal, over the next five years, is to move into the top five schools nationally," said Saeeda Wali Mohammed, director of the International Center.
May 21, 2013 | By Linda P.B. Katehi
As an immigrant and an engineer, I know the magnetic pull that the United States exerts on anyone who dreams of a career in science. From the time I watched NASA technicians on television during the first lunar landing in 1969, I resolved to get the best scientific education that my talents and circumstances would allow. That quest initially took me to National Technical University in Athens, where I became the first person in my family - and the first woman from Salamis, the Greek island where I grew up - to earn a college degree.
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