118,498 international students in Japan as of May 1, 2007, 0.5% up from last year.


Number of international students by institutional type
Graduate school
31,592
(2.2% up)
University (undergraduate)/Junior college/
College of technology
62,159
(2.0% down)
Professional training college
22,399
(3.9% up)
University preparatory course
2,348
(16.4% up)

5 major countries/regions of origin
China
71,277
(4.1% down)
Republic of Korea
17,274
(8.1% up)
Taiwan
4,686
(11.3% up)
Vietnam
2,582
(21.8% up)
Malaysia
2,146
(0.5% down)

Note: An "international student" means a student from a foreign country who is receiving education at any Japanese university, graduate school, junior college, college of technology, professional training college or university preparatory courses and who resides in Japan with "college student" visa status, as defined in Annexed Table 1 of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.

1. Trends in Number of International Students by Source of Funds (as of each May 1)

Trends in Number of International Students by Source of Funds

2. Trends in Number of International Students by Institutional Type (as of each May 1)

Trends in Number of International Students by Institutional Type

*Note: "University preparatory courses" are designated by MEXT for students with school education of less than 12 years in foreign countries. Those who completed these courses are qualified to enter Japanese Universities.

3. Number of International Students by Region of Origin

(Unit: person)
Region Number of students % of total
Asia 109,495 (109,291) 92.4% (92.7)
Europe 3,547 (3,307) 3.0% (2.8)
North America 2,112 (2,076) 1.8% (1.8)
Central and South America 1,024 (1,088) 0.9% (0.9)
Africa 989 (935) 0.8% (0.8)
Middle and Near East 797 (667) 0.7% (0.6)
Oceania 534 (563) 0.5% (0.5)
Total 118,498 (117,927) 100.0% (100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2006

4. Number of International Students by Nationality

(Unit: person)
Country/region Number of students % of total Country/region Number of students % of total
China
71,277 (74,292) 60.2% (63.0)
Germany
449 (393) 0.4% (0.3)
Republic of Korea
17,274 (15,974) 14.6% (13.5)
United Kingdom
370 (333) 0.3% (0.3)
Taiwan
4,686 (4,211) 4.0% (3.6)
Russia
337 (334) 0.3% (0.3)
Vietnam
2,582 (2,119) 2.2% (1.8)
Australia
330 (354) 0.3% (0.3)
Malaysia
2,146 (2,156) 1.8% (1.8)
Brazil
316 (342) 0.3% (0.3)
Thailand
2,090 (1,734) 1.8% (1.5)
Canada
307 (286) 0.3% (0.2)
U.S.A.
1,805 (1,790) 1.5% (1.5)
Cambodia
283 (278) 0.2% (0.2)
Indonesia
1,596 (1,553) 1.3% (1.3)
Egypt
283 (251) 0.2% (0.2)
Bangladesh
1,508 (1,456) 1.3% (1.2)
Laos
264 (266) 0.2% (0.2)
Nepal
1,309 (998) 1.1% (0.8)
Iran
229 (236) 0.2% (0.2)
Sri Lanka
1,181 (1,143) 1.0% (1.0)
Turkey
169 (171) 0.1% (0.1)
Mongolia
1,110 (1,006) 0.9% (0.9)
Uzbekistan
167 (139) 0.1% (0.1)
Myanmar
849 (736) 0.7% (0.6)
Saudi Arabia
159 (23) 0.1% (0.02)
Philippines
538 (542) 0.5% (0.5)
Sweden
145 (137) 0.1% (0.1)
India
480 (525) 0.4% (0.4)
Others
3,788 (3,732) 3.2% (3.2)
France
471 (417) 0.4% (0.4)
Total
118,498 (117,927) 100.0% (100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2006

5. Number of International Students by Sex

(Unit: person)
Sex Number of students % of total
Male 60,260 (60,105) 50.9% (51.0)
Female 58,238 (57,822) 49.1% (49.0)
Total 118,498 (117,927) 100.0% (100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2006

6. Number of International Students by Institutional Type

(Unit: person)
National Local public Private Total
Number of students % of total Number of students % of total Number of students % of total Number of students % of total
Graduate school 19,516 61.8% 1,337 4.2% 10,739 34.0% 31,592 100.0%
(19,264) (62.3) (1,347) (4.4) (10,299) (33.3) (30,910) (100.0)
University (undergraduate) 9,767 16.4% 1,284 2.2% 48,459 81.4% 59,510 100.0%
(9,668) (16.0) (1,335) (2.2) (49,417) (81.8) (60,420) (100.0)
Junior college 3 0.1% 6 0.3% 2,101 99.6% 2,110 100.0%
(11) (0.4) (13) (0.5) (2,450) (99.0) (2,474) (100.0)
College of technology 460 85.3% 1 0.2% 78 14.5% 539 100.0%
(458) (84.3) (1) (0.2) (84) (15.5) (543) (100.0)
Professional training college 0 0.0% 10 0.04% 22,389 99.96% 22,399 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (9) (0.04) (21,553) (99.96) (21,562) (100.0)
University preparatory course 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 2,348 100.0% 2,348 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (0) (0.0) (2,018) (100.0) (2,018) (100.0)
Total 29,746 25.1% 2,638 2.2% 86,114 72.7% 118,498 100.0%
(29,401) (24.9) (2,705) (2.3) (85,821) (72.8) (117,927) (100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2006

7. Number of International Students by Major Field

(Unit: person)
Major field Number of students % of total
Humanities 27,763 (27,443) 23.4% (23.3)
Social science 47,611 (46,665) 40.2% (39.6)
Science 1,586 (1,501) 1.3% (1.3)
Engineering 18,059 (17,715) 15.2% (15.0)
Agriculture 2,857 (2,832) 2.4% (2.4)
Health care 2,692 (2,852) 2.3% (2.4)
Home economics 2,514 (2,275) 2.1% (1.9)
Education 3,124 (3,171) 2.6% (2.7)
Arts 3,439 (3,997) 2.9% (3.4)
Others 8,853 (9,476) 7.5% (8.0)
Total 118,498 (117,927) 100.0% (100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2006

8. Number of International Students by Region and Prefecture of Japan


(Unit: person)
Region Num. of students % of total Prefecture Number of students Region Num. of students % of total Prefecture Number of students
Hokkaido 1,776
(1,800)
1.5%
(1.5)
Hokkaido 1,776 (1,800) Kinki 21,134
(20,832)
17.8%
(17.7)
Mie 767 (792)
Shiga 377 (379)
Kyoto 4,746 (4,732)
Osaka 10,203 (9,986)
Hyogo 3,737 (3,721)
Nara 1,042 (971)
Tohoku 3,157
(3,287)
2.7%
(2.8)
Aomori 326 (358) Wakayama 262 (251)
Iwate 401 (373) Chugoku 4,764
(4,681)
4.0%
(4.0)
Tottori 200 (210)
Miyagi 1,767 (1,935) Shimane 186 (183)
Akita 216 (161) Okayama 1,725 (1,588)
Yamagata 211 (206) Hiroshima 1,930 (1,950)
Fukushima 236 (254) Yamaguchi 723 (750)
Kanto 60,099
(59,864)
50.7%
(50.8)
Ibaraki 2,463 (2,636) Shikoku 1,319
(1,326)
1.1%
(1.1)
Tokushima 341 (312)
Tochigi 1,113 (1,307) Kagawa 333 (389)
Gunma 1,324 (1,532) Ehime 465 (437)
Saitama 5,496 (5,377) Kochi 180 (188)
Chiba 5,708 (5,599) Kyushu 13,039
(12,298)
11.0%
(10.4)
Fukuoka 6,017 (5,820)
Tokyo 40,316 (39,520) Saga 400 (364)
Kanagawa 3,679 (3,893) Nagasaki 1,236 (1,236)
Chubu 13,210
(13,839)
11.1%
(11.7)
Niigata 1,246 (1,374) Kumamoto 715 (665)
Toyama 551 (503) Oita 3,587 (3,060)
Ishikawa 1,240 (1,296) Miyazaki 121 (155)
Fukui 320 (290) Kagoshima 440 (484)
Yamanashi 710 (686) Okinawa 523 (514)
Nagano 613 (769) Total 118,498
(117,927)
100.0%
(100.0)
Gifu 1,360 (1,534)
Shizuoka 1,396 (1,482)
Aichi 5,774 (5,905)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2006

9. Number of International Students by Housing (as of May 1, 2007)


A. International student housing set up by schools
National universities
84 schools
6,344 students
Local public universities
18 schools
251 students
Private universities
290 schools
8,948 students

B. International student housing set up by public corporations, etc.
JASSO-sponsored housing 1,936 students
Public corporation-sponsored housing 785 students
Local government-sponsored housing 1,259 students
Public housing 1,883 students
Private company housing 549 students

C. General student housing set up by schools
National universities
109 schools
2,723 students
Local public universities
18 schools
176 students
Private universities
222 schools
2,339 students

International Students Housing

Ref1. Shift in Number and Percentage of International Students

Year
Number of students
Annual increase
Annual % change
1983 10,428 2,312 28.5%
1984 12,410 1,982 19.0%
1985 15,009 2,599 20.9%
1986 18,631 3,622 24.1%
1987 22,154 3,523 18.9%
1988 25,643 3,489 15.7%
1989 31,251 5,608 21.9%
1990 41,347 10,096 32.3%
1991 45,066 3,719 9.0%
1992 48,561 3,495 7.8%
1993 52,405 3,844 7.9%
1994 53,787 1,382 2.6%
1995 53,847 60 0.1%
1996 52,921 -926 -1.7%
1997 51,047 -1,874 -3.5%
1998 51,298 251 0.5%
1999 55,755 4,457 8.7%
2000 64,011 8,256 14.8%
2001 78,812 14,801 23.1%
2002 95,550 16,738 21.2%
2003 109,508 13,958 14.6%
2004 117,302 7,794 7.1%
2005 121,812 4,510 3.8%
2006 117,927 -3,885 -3.2%
2007 118,498 571 0.5%
(as of May 1 each year)

Ref2. Major Universities in Terms of Number of International Students (as of May 1, 2007)

(Unit: person)
University name
Number of students
Waseda University (Private) 2,435 (2,190)
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (Private) 2,352 (1,984)
The University of Tokyo (National) 2,297 (2,197)
Osaka Sangyo University (Private) 1,327 (1,353)
Kokushikan University (Private) 1,300 (1,201)
Kyoto University (National) 1,275 (1,223)
University of Tsukuba (National) 1,221 (1,150)
Tohoku University (National) 1,179 (1,194)
Kyushu University (National) 1,171 (1,141)
Nagoya University (National) 1,155 (1,161)
Takushoku University (Private) 1,095 (1,103)
Teikyo University (Private) 1,062 (1,013)
Tokyo Institute of Technology (National) 1,038 (996)
Osaka University (National) 1,032 (995)
Ritsumeikan University (Private) 1,024 (902)
Nihon University (Private) 989 (1,013)
Kobe University (National) 951 (954)
Keio University (Private) 870 (824)
Chiba University (National) 866 (832)
Hokkaido University (National) 813 (801)
Yokohama National University (National) 765 (773)
Hiroshima University (National) 755 (727)
Ryutsu Keizai University (Private) 752 (878)
Keiai University (Private) 692 (616)
Tokyo International University (Private) 688 (772)
Obirin University (Private) 637 (639)
Daito Bunka University (Private) 633 (634)
Meikai University (Private) 618 (669)
Meiji University (Private) 585 (563)
Okayama University (National) 580 (564)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2006

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