International students added US$498 million to Hawaii’s economy in 2017, according to a recent report by the state’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT).

The report surveyed a total of 34 Hawaii educational institutions to analyze the impact of students from overseas on Hawaii’s economy,

The responding institutions reported a total of 12,916 foreign students, both long-term and short-term.

DBEDT Director Luis Salaveria said:

International students in Hawaii are an important part of our economy. Students from around the world bring international perspectives into our classrooms, and often lead to longer-term business relationships and economic benefits.

The three top countries of origin for overseas students in Hawaii are:

  • Japan
  • Korea
  • China


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Source: Pacific Business News
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