123,829 international students in Japan as of May 1, 2008, 4.5% up from last year.

Number of international students by institutional type

Graduate school
32,666
(3.4% up)
University (undergraduate)/Junior college/
College of technology
63,175
(1.6% up)
Professional training college
25,753
(15.0% up)
University preparatory course
2,235
(4.8% down)

5 major countries/regions of origin

China
72,766
(2.1% up)
Republic of Korea
18,862
(9.2% up)
Taiwan
5,082
(8.5% up)
Vietnam
2,873
(11.3% up)
Malaysia
2,271
(5.8% up)

Note1: "International student" on this statistics is defined as 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.

Note 2: "Short-term international student" on this statistics is defined as a student from a foreign country who is receiving education in Japan for a period of one year or less. The purpose of a student is not necessarily to obtain a degree but rather to study at Japanese university, to experience a different culture, or to master Japanese language.

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 Short-term International Students
Number of students % of total
Asia 114,189
(109,495)
92.2%
(92.4)
5,915
(4,985)
60.6%
(59.6)
Europe 3,819
(3,547)
3.1%
(3.0)
1,770
(1,571)
18.1%
(18.8)
North America 2,343
(2,112)
1.9%
(1.8)
1,584
(1,395)
16.2%
(16.7)
Africa 1,084
(989)
0.9%
(0.8)
44
(39)
0.5%
(0.5)
Central and South America 1,008
(1,024)
0.8%
(0.9)
118
(113)
1.2%
(1.4)
Middle and Near East 842
(797)
0.7%
(0.7)
55
(36)
0.6%
(0.4)
Oceania 544
(534)
0.4%
(0.5)
270
(229)
2.8%
(2.7)
Total 123,829
(118,498)
100.0%
(100.0)
9,756
(8,368)
100.0%
(100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2007

4. Number of International Students by Nationality
(1) Number of International Students by Nationality

(Unit: person)
Country/region Number of students % of total Country/region Number of students % of total
China
72,766 (71,277) 58.8% (60.2)
United Kingdom
400 (370) 0.3% (0.3)
Republic of Korea
18,862 (17,274) 15.2% (14.6)
Australia
347 (330) 0.3% (0.3)
Taiwan
5,082 (4,686) 4.1% (4.0)
Brazil
331 (316) 0.3% (0.3)
Vietnam
2,873 (2,582) 2.3% (2.2)
Egypt
320 (283) 0.3% (0.2)
Malaysia
2,271 (2,146) 1.8% (1.8)
Canada
319 (307) 0.3% (0.3)
Thailand
2,203 (2,090) 1.8% (1.8)
Russia
315 (337) 0.3% (0.3)
U.S.A.
2,024 (1,805) 1.6% (1.5)
Cambodia
287 (283) 0.2% (0.2)
Indonesia
1,791 (1,596) 1.4% (1.3)
Laos
276 (264) 0.2% (0.2)
Bangladesh
1,686 (1,508) 1.4% (1.3)
Iran
216 (229) 0.2% (0.2)
Nepal
1,476 (1,309) 1.2% (1.1) Uzbekistan 205 (167) 0.2% (0.1)
Mongolia
1,145 (1,110) 0.9% (0.9)
Saudi Arabia
184 (159) 0.1% (0.1)
Sri Lanka
1,097 (1,181) 0.9% (1.0)
Turkey
171 (169) 0.1% (0.1)
Myanmar
922 (849) 0.7% (0.7)
Mexico
156 (142) 0.1% (0.1)
France
574 (471) 0.5% (0.4)
Singapore
156 (129) 0.1% (0.1)
India
544 (480) 0.4% (0.4)
Others
3,824 (3,662) 3.1% (3.1)
Philippines
527 (538) 0.4% (0.5)
Total
123,829 (118,498) 100.0% (100.0)
Germany 479 (449) 0.4% (0.4)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2007

(2) Number of Short-term International Students by Nationality

(Unit: person)
Country/region Number of students % of total Country/region Number of students % of total
China
2,636 (2,070) 27.0% (24.7)
Poland
49 (40) 0.5% (0.5)
Republic of Korea
1,849 (1,764) 19.0% (21.1)
Mongolia
47 (49) 0.5% (0.6)
U.S.A.
1,447 (1,252) 14.8% (15.0)
Spain
47 (44) 0.5% (0.5)
Taiwan
595 (529) 6.1% (6.3)
Mexico
43 (32) 0.4% (0.4)
France
359 (290) 3.7% (3.5)
Norway
43 (38) 0.4% (0.5)
Germany
350 (305) 3.6% (3.6)
Myanmar
39 (17) 0.4% (0.2)
Thailand
272 (201) 2.8% (2.4)
Brazil
38 (34) 0.4% (0.4)
Australia
229 (195) 2.3% (2.3)
Singapore
38 (27) 0.4% (0.3)
United Kingdom
212 (200) 2.2% (2.4)
Malaysia
37 (25) 0.4% (0.3)
Canada
137 (143) 1.4% (1.7)
Switzerland
37 (26) 0.4% (0.3)
Indonesia
134 (109) 1.4% (1.3) Philippines 36 (41) 0.4% (0.5)
Sweden
114 (103) 1.2% (1.2)
New Zealand
35 (32) 0.4% (0.4)
Vietnam
112 (80) 1.1% (1.0)
Austrila
29 (32) 0.3% (0.4)
Russia
79 (92) 0.8% (1.1)
India
29 (23) 0.3% (0.3)
Netherlands
69 (58) 0.7% (0.7)
Others
479 (395) 4.9% (4.7)
Italy
68 (67) 0.7% (0.8)
Total
9,756 (8,368) 100.0% (100.0)
Finland 68 (55) 0.7% (0.7)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2007

5. Number of International Students by Sex

(Unit: person)
Sex Number of students % of total
Male 62,979 (60,260) 50.9% (50.9)
Female 60,850 (58,238) 49.1% (49.1)
Total 123,829 (118,498) 100.0% (100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2007

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 20,247 62.0% 1,316 4.0% 11,103 34.0% 32,666 100.0%
(19,516) (61.8) (1,337) (4.2 ) (10,739) (34.0) (31,592) (100.0)
University (undergraduate) 9,674 16.0% 1,302 2.2% 49,544 81.9% 60,520 100.0%
(9,767) (16.4) (1,284) (2.2) (48,459) (81.4) (59,510) (100.0)
Junior college 2 0.1% 5 0.2% 2,110 99.7% 2,117 100.0%
(3) (0.1) (6) (0.3) (2,101) (99.6) (2,110) (100.0)
College of technology 462 85.9% 0 0.0% 76 14.1% 538 100.0%
(460) (85.3) (1) (0.2) (78) (14.5) (539) (100.0)
Professional training college 0 0.0% 9 0.03% 25,744 99.97% 25,753 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (10) (0.04) (22,389) (99.96) (22,399) (100.0)
University preparatory course 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 2,235 100.0% 2,235 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (0) (0.0) (2,348) (100.0) (2,348) (100.0)
Total 30,385 24.5% 2,632 2.1% 90,812 73.3% 123,829 100.0%
(29,746) (25.1) (2,638) (2.2) (86,114) (72.7) (118,498) (100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2007

7. Number of International Students by Major Field

(Unit: person)
Major field Number of students % of total
Humanities 29,189 (27,763) 23.6% (23.4)
Social science 48,259 (47,611) 39.0% (40.2)
Science 1,526 (1,586) 1.2% (1.3)
Engineering 19,511 (18,059) 15.8% (15.2)
Agriculture 2,887 (2,857) 2.3% (2.4)
Health care 2,768 (2,692) 2.2% (2.3)
Home economics 2,772 (2,514) 2.2% (2.1)
Education 2,981 (3,124) 2.4% (2.6)
Arts 4,006 (3,439) 3.2% (2.9)
Others 9,930 (8,853) 8.0% (7.5)
Total 123,829 (118,498) 100.0% (100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2007

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 1,900
(1,776)
1.5%
(1.5)
Hokkaido 1,900 (1,776) Kinki 21,848
(21,134)
17.6%
(17.8)
Mie 793 (767)
Shiga 371 (377)
Kyoto 4,994 (4,746)
Osaka 10,289 (10,203)
Hyogo 4,017 (3,737)
Nara 1,102 (1,042)
Tohoku 3,481
(3,157)
2.8%
(2.7)
Aomori 523 (326) Wakayama 282 (262)
Iwate 396 (401) Chugoku 5,302
(4,764)
4.3%
(4.0)
Tottori 186 (200)
Miyagi 1,814 (1,767) Shimane 213 (186)
Akita 227 (216) Okayama 1,982 (1,725)
Yamagata 212 (211) Hiroshima 2,091 (1,930)
Fukushima 309 (236) Yamaguchi 830 (723)
Kanto 61,949
(60,099)
50.0%
(50.7)
Ibaraki 2,320 (2,463) Shikoku 1,336
(1,319)
1.1%
(1.1)
Tokushima 361 (341)
Tochigi 1,071 (1,113) Kagawa 349 (333)
Gunma 1,172 (1,324) Ehime 475 (465)
Saitama 5,444 (5,496) Kochi 151 (180)
Chiba 5,566 (5,708) Kyushu 14,235
(13,039)
11.5%
(11.0%)
Fukuoka 6,613 (6,017)
Tokyo 42,371 (40,316) Saga 398 (400)
Kanagawa 4,005 (3,679) Nagasaki 1,418 (1,236)
Chubu 13,778
(13,210)
11.1%
(11.1)
Niigata 1,197 (1,246) Kumamoto 743 (715)
Toyama 585 (551) Oita 3,965 (3,587)
Ishikawa 1,421 (1,240) Miyazaki 122 (121)
Fukui 329 (320) Kagoshima 434 (440)
Yamanashi 692 (710) Okinawa 542 (523)
Nagano 570 (613) Total 123,829
(118,498)
100.0%
(100.0)
Gifu 1,373 (1,360)
Shizuoka 1,480 (1,396)
Aichi 6,131 (5,774)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2007

9. Number of International Students by Housing (as of May 1, 2008)

A. International student housing set up by schools (17,195 students)
National universities
80 schools
6,712 students
Local public universities
16 schools
337 students
Private universities
299 schools
10,146 students

B. International student housing set up by public corporations, etc. (6,686 students)
JASSO-sponsored housing 2,169 students
Public corporation-sponsored housing 839 students
Local government-sponsored housing 1,247 students
Public housing 1,891 students
Private company housing 540 students

C. General student housing set up by schools (6,265 students)
National universities
108 schools
2,776 students
Local public universities
14 schools
96 students
Private universities
225 schools
3,393 students
(Unit: person)

International Students Housing

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