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Foreign students boost Michigan universities, local economies

September 1, 2014

In the six months that he has been in Detroit, Gabriel Da Silva Gratival has started to figure the city out. "This city is reborn," the 23-year-old Brazilian said last week. "It's coming out of a big crisis. It's got a great opportunity to grow." Gratival understands opportunities - it's why he's in Detroit. He's one of 250 Brazilian students studying at Wayne State University as part of Brazilian government program that sends college students to study in the U.S. The group at WSU is the largest group of the program's participants at any university in the U.S.