February, 2013
Japan Student Services Organization(JASSO)

Overview of international students acceptance

137,756 international students in Japan as of May 1, 2012,
0.2% down from last year.

Number of international students by institutional type

Graduate school
39,641
(0.3% down)
University (undergraduate)/ Junior college/
College of technology
71,361
(0.2% up)
Professional training college
25,167
(1.2% down)
University preparatory course
1,587
(2.0% down)

5 major countries / regions of origin

China
86,324
(1.4%down)
Republic of Korea
16,651
(5.6% down)
Taiwan
4,617
(1.0%up)
Vietnam
4,373
(8.4% up)
Nepal
2,451
(21.6%up)

Note 1: "International student" on this survey 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 course and who resides in Japan with "College student" visa status.


Note 2: "Short-term international student" on this survey 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 Japanese 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 course" is a course that has been designated by MEXT for students from countries where the number of years required for the completion of secondary education is less than 12 years. Upon completion of this course, students are permitted to enter a Japanese university.

3. Number of International Students by Region of Origin

(Unit: person)
Region Number of students % of total Short-term students
Number of students % of total
Asia 127,178
(129,163)
92.3%
(93.5)
6,876
(6,192)
61.7%
(67.9)
Europe 4,456
(3,722)
3.2%
(2.7)
2,240
(1,597)
20.1%
(17.5)
North America 2,435
(1,742)
1.8%
(1.3)
1,551
(992)
13.9%
(10.9)
Middle East 1,112
(1,018)
0.8%
(0.7)
45
(35)
0.4%
(0.4)
Africa 1,106
(1,136)
0.8%
(0.8)
66
(58)
0.6%
(0.6)
Latin America 926
(886)
0.7
(0.6)
101
(94)
0.9%
(1.0)
Oceania 543
(408)
0.4%
(0.3)
267
(152)
2.4%
(1.7)
Total 137,756
(138,075)
100.0%
(100.0)
11,146
(9,120)
100.0%
(100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2011

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 86,324 (87,533) 62.7% (63.4) Philippines 497 (498) 0.4% (0.4)
Republic of Korea 16,651 (17,640) 12.1% (12.8) United Kingdom 429 (364) 0.3% (0.3)
Taiwan 4,617 (4,571) 3.4% (3.3) Saudi Arabia 413 (336) 0.3% (0.2)
Vietnam 4,373 (4,033) 3.2% (2.9) Australia 338 (231) 0.2% (0.2)
Nepal 2,451 (2,016) 1.8% (1.5) Russia 333 (331) 0.2% (0.2)
Malaysia 2,319 (2,417) 1.7% (1.8) Cambodia 311 (326) 0.2% (0.2)
Indonesia 2,276 (2,162) 1.7% (1.6) Canada 302 (286) 0.2% (0.2)
Thailand 2,167 (2,396) 1.6% (1.7) Brazil 272 (272) 0.2% (0.2)
U.S.A. 2,133 (1,456) 1.5% (1.1) Sweden 244 (193) 0.2% (0.1)
Myanmar 1,151 (1,118) 0.8% (0.8) Laos 223 (248) 0.2% (0.2)
Mongolia 1,114 (1,170) 0.8% (0.8) Iran 213 (229) 0.2% (0.2)
Bangladesh 1,052 (1,322) 0.8% (1.0) Egypt 213 (235) 0.2% (0.2)
France 740 (530) 0.5% (0.4) Singapore 211 (186) 0.2% (0.1)
Sri Lanka 670 (737) 0.5% (0.5) Uzbekistan 203 (191) 0.1% (0.1)
Germany 566 (393) 0.4% (0.3) Others 4,409 (4,082) 3.2% (3.0)
India 541 (573) 0.4% (0.4) Total 137,756 (138,075) 100.0% (100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2011

(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
3,478
(3,434)
31.2%
(37.7)
Italy
92
(55)
0.8%
(0.6)
Republic of Korea
1,595
(1,205)
14.3%
(13.2)
Spain
72
(47)
0.6%
(0.5)
U.S.A.
1,409
(877)
12.6%
(9.6)
Mongolia
55
(67)
0.5%
(0.7)
Taiwan
823
(605)
7.4%
(6.6)
Norway
54
(35)
0.5%
(0.4)
France
454
(274)
4.1%
(3.0)
Singapore
45
(35)
0.4%
(0.4)
Germany
415
(256)
3.7%
(2.8)
Poland
45
(52)
0.4%
(0.6)
Thailand
301
(299)
2.7%
(3.3)
Malaysia
44
(33)
0.4%
(0.4)
United Kingdom
297
(233)
2.7%
(2.6)
Philippines
43
(42)
0.4%
(0.5)
Australia
223
(125)
2.0%
(1.4)
New Zealand
43
(26)
0.4%
(0.3)
Indonesia
196
(185)
1.8%
(2.0)
Switzerland
41
(43)
0.4%
(0.5)
Vietnam
158
(149)
1.4%
(1.6)
Belgium
38
(22)
0.3%
(0.2)
Canada
142
(115)
1.3%
(1.3)
Brazil
37
(29)
0.3%
(0.3)
Sweden
122
(88)
1.1%
(1.0)
Mexico
34
(39)
0.3%
(0.4)
Russia
102
(83)
0.9%
(0.9)
Denmark
34
(31)
0.3%
(0.3)
Netherlands
99
(66)
0.9%
(0.7)
Others
563
(494)
5.1%
(5.4)
Finland
92
(76)
0.8%
(0.8)
Total
11,146
(9,120)
100.0%
(100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2011

5. Number of International Students by Gender

(Unit: person)
Gender Number of students % of total
Male
70,518
(70,540)
51.2%
(51.1)
Female
67,238
(67,535)
48.8%
(48.9)
Total
137,756
(138,075)
100.0%
(100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2011

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
24,680
62.3%
1,680
4.2%
13,281
33.5%
39,641
100.0%
(24,937)
(62.7)
(1,713)
(4.3)
(13,099)
(33.0)
(39,749)
(100.0)
University (undergraduate)
10,293
14.9%
1,636
2.4%
57,345
82.8%
69,274
100.0%
(9,931)
(14.4)
(1,495)
(2.2)
(57,475)
(83.4)
(68,901)
(100.0)
Junior college
0
0.0%
6
0.4%
1,597
99.6%
1,603
100.0%
(0)
(0.0)
(7)
(0.4)
(1,820)
(99.6)
(1,827)
(100.0)
College of technology
432
89.3%
1
0.2%
51
10.5%
484
100.0%
(470)
(91.1)
(2)
(0.4)
(44)
(8.5)
(516)
(100.0)
Professional training college
0
0.0%
12
0.05%
25,155
99.95%
25,167
100.0%
(0)
(0.0)
(13)
(0.05)
(25,450)
(99.95)
(25,463)
(100.0)
University preparatory course
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
1,587
100.0%
1,587
100.0%
(0)
(0.0)
(0)
(0.0)
(1,619)
(100.0)
(1,619)
(100.0)
Total
35,405
25.7%
3,335
2.4%
99,016
71.9%
137,756
100.0%
(35,338)
(25.6)
(3,230)
(2.3)
(99,507)
(72.1)
(138,075)
(100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2011

7. Number of International Students by Major Field

(Unit: person)
Major field Number of students % of total
Humanities
28,074
(27,873)
20.4%
(20.2)
Social science
54,187
(55,732)
39.3%
(40.4)
Science
2,140
(2,123)
1.6%
(1.5)
Engineering
23,316
(23,320)
16.9%
(16.9)
Agriculture
3,105
(3,196)
2.3%
(2.3)
Health care
3,068
(3,003)
2.2%
(2.2)
Home economics
2,930
(2,684)
2.1%
(1.9)
Education
3,349
(3,277)
2.4%
(2.4)
Arts
4,594
(4,491)
3.3%
(3.3)
Others
12,993
(12,376)
9.4%
(9.0)
Total
137,756
(138,075)
100.0%
(100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2011

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

(Unit: person)
Region Number of students % of total Prefecture Number of students Region Number of students % of total Prefecture Number of students
Hokkaido
2,737
(2,734)
2.0%
(2.0)
Hokkaido
2,737
(2,734)
Kinki
25,691
(24,807)
18.6%
(18.0)
Mie
946
(1,025)
Shiga
454
(470)
Kyoto
6,900
(6,246)
Osaka
10,521
(10,325)
Hyogo
5,128
(4,959)
Nara
1,463
(1,490)
Tohoku
3,385
(3,746)
2.5%
(2.7)
Aomori
281
(413)
Wakayama
279
(292)
Iwate
350
(375)
Chugoku
6,821 (7,142)
5.0%
(5.2)
Tottori
183
(183)
Miyagi
1,872
(2,018)
Shimane
195
(230)
Akita
355
(292)
Okayama
2,273
(2,516)
Yamagata
225
(207)
Hiroshima
2,499
(2,647)
Fukushima
302
(441)
Yamaguchi
1,671
(1,566)
Kanto
64,429
(64,088)
46.8%
(46.4)
Ibaraki
2,638
(2,713)
Shikoku
1,309
(1,418)
1.0%
(1.0)
Tokushima
332
(350)
Tochigi
1,075
(1,073)
Kagawa
351
(378)
Gunma
1,366
(1,571)
Ehime
462
(507)
Saitama
5,877
(6,013)
Kochi
164
(183)
Chiba
5,290
(4,850)
Kyushu
18,219
(18,699)
13.2%
(13.5)
Fukuoka
10,434
(10,635)
Tokyo
43,500
(43,188)
Saga
292
(341)
Kanagawa
4,683
(4,680)
Nagasaki
1,461
(1,518)
Chubu
15,165
(15,441)
11.0%
(11.2)
Niigata
1,533
(1,592)
Kumamoto
724
(667)
Toyama
567
(571)
Oita
3,562
(3,873)
Ishikawa
1,570
(1,670)
Miyazaki
170
(167)
Fukui
288
(309)
Kagoshima
968
(881)
Yamanashi
841
(880)
Okinawa
608
(617)
Nagano
774
(681)
Total 137,756
(138,075)
100.0%
(100.0)
Gifu
1,406
(1,353)
Shizuoka
1,563
(1,679)
Aichi
6,623
(6,706)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2011

9. Number of International Students by Housing

A. International student housing set up by schools (18,759 students)
National universities
83 schools
8,384 students
Local public universities
27 schools
717 students
Private universities
304 schools
9,658 students

B. International student housing set up by public corporations, etc. (5,247 students)
Student housing set up by JASSO 742 students
Student housing set up by local government 850 students
Student housing set up by public corporations 1,305 students
Public housing 1,903 students
Private company housing 447 students

C. General student housing set up by schools (5,934 students)
National universities
102 schools
3,177 students
Local public universities
11 schools
218 students
Private universities
232 schools
2,539 students

International Students Housing

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