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Master's Culminating Experience

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This study, the Economic Impact of Wright State University International Students on the Dayton Local Economy, examines the financial contributions of international students at both the graduate and undergraduate level to the Dayton area. The study was conducted in the fall of 1998 among 120 students drawn from Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

The study agrees with similar research findings. International students are a source of economic benefits in the regions where they reside. International students at Wright State University received grants and income from Dayton area residents. Consequently, it recommends that universities should take steps to recruit and retain foreign students.

Retention is most likely if universities charge lower tuition, lower fees, expand their academic programs, or partner with businesses to ensure that international students experience the practical effects of the studies they undertake.