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More students are returning to classrooms, here in Hawai‘i and around the country. But one group of college students remains in low numbers: those from overseas. And in Australia, some government officials are looking to boost those numbers.


International students at American universities are facing the twin challenge of pandemic-induced travel restrictions and an administration in Washington determined to reduce immigration.

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Updated 7/14/20, 1:25 p.m.

BOSTON (AP) — Facing eight federal lawsuits and opposition from hundreds of universities, the Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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International students will be forced to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools offer classes entirely online this fall, under new guidelines issued Monday by federal immigration authorities.

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One of many questions about the phased re-openings of communities around the world concerns education. It’s not just about the plans for local schools, there are still a lot of issues concerning international students. And that includes in the Asia Pacific.



  A new study recently released by the Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism shows International students help to contribute close to a billion dollars to our state coffers.

Dennis Ling, the administrator for the department’s Development and Support Division talks about this bright spot on our horizon.

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International students make up an important slice of campus life in Hawai‘i. New figures out this week show the United States remains the top destination in the world for international students. But two countries with Pacific coastlines are making a new push for those who want to study overseas.

International Students Boost Hawaii Economy

Apr 9, 2015
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International students who come to Hawai‘i to study contribute more than $205 million to the state’s economy. That’s according to a new report from the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, or DBEDT. But while the number of foreign students on the mainland has risen dramatically, the growth in Hawai‘i has been flat. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

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Molly Solomon

Attracting visitors to Hawai‘i has never been a problem for the state where tourism is its main economic driver. But what about attracting students? HPR’s Molly Solomon takes a look at what the state is doing to improve international enrollment at local universities.