People Who Studied Abroad #728:
Lupita Nyong’o, actor
Born in Mexico, raised in Kenya
When she was 16, her parents sent her back to Mexico for seven months to study Spanish at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico’s Learning Center for Foreigners. She later went on to study in the United States, where she received a degree in film and theatre studies from Hampshire College.
People Who Studied Abroad #727:
Leonard Cohen, musician
He spent a year in graduate school at the Columbia University School of General Studies (United States).
People Who Studied Abroad #726:
Chris Hadfield, astronaut
He attended the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School (United States) and received his master’s degree in aviation systems from the University of Tennessee Space Institute in 1992.
(thanks to Janice for the tip!)
People Who Studied Abroad #718:
Stanislav Smirnov, mathematician and winner of the 2010 Fields Medal
Russia (USSR at the time of his birth)
After completing his undergraduate studies at Saint Petersburg State University in 1992, he went on to study at California Institute of Technology (United States), where he completed his PhD in 1996.
I didn’t get the big picture until I saw this country from a distance. Traveling in Europe made me understand that America has an island mentality: No one exists except us. There’s a whole other world out there, but most Americans - all they know is America, the marketing plan.
People Who Studied Abroad #716:
Giuliana Tesoro, chemist and inventor of flame-resistant fibers (among other inventions)
She completed high school in 1938 but was denied access to Italian universities because she was Jewish. She went to the United States, where she earned her PhD in Organic Chemistry from Yale University in 1943 at the age of 21.
People Who Studied Abroad #715:
Kunal Nayyar, actor
Born in England, raised in India
He moved to the US in 1999 to pursue his degree in Finance from the University of Portland (United States), then also received a Master of Fine Arts from Temple University.
See also: Rajesh Koothrappali
People Who Studied Abroad #706:
Andy Bechtolsheim, engineer and co-founder of Sun Microsystems
He received a Fulbright Award to study at Carnegie Mellon University (United States), where he earned his master’s in computer engineering. He later began a PhD at Stanford, before leaving to found Sun Microsystems.
People Who Studied Abroad #682:
John Davies, Olympic gold medalist (swimming) and judge
He studied Political Science and swam for the University of Michigan (United States). After he retired from swimming, he studied law at the University of Michigan and as an exchange student at the University of Sydney before transferring to the University of California Los Angeles, where he completed his law degree.