February, 2015
Japan Student Services Organization(JASSO)

Overview of international students acceptance

184,155 international students in Japan as of May 1, 2014,
9.5% up from last year.

Number of international students by institutional type

Persons Increase/decrease
Graduate school 39,979
(412 : 1.0% up)
University (undergraduate) 65,865
(- 1,572 : 2.3% down)
Junior college 1,433 ( - 5 : 0.3% down)
College of technology 484 (20 : 4.3% up)
Professional training college 29,227
(4,641 : 18.9% up)
University preparatory course 2,197
(170 : 8.4% up)
Japanese language institutes 44,970
(12,344 : 37.8% up)

Five major countries / regions of origin

Persons Increase/decrease
China 94,399
( - 3,476 : 3.6% down)
Vietnam 26,439
(12,640 : 91.6% up)
Republic of Korea 15,777
( - 1,506 : 8.7% down)
Nepal 10,448
(4,641 : 79.9% up)
Taiwan 6,231
(571 : 10.1% up)

Note 1:“International student” on this survey, is defined pursuant to provisions of Appended Table 1 of the “Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law”, as a student from a foreign country who is granted the status of residence as “College Student” (Student Visa), who is receiving education at Japanese university, graduate school, junior college, college of technology, professional training college, educational institution provides university preparatory course and Japanese language institutes in Japan.

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(As of each May 1)

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

Trends in Number of International Students by Institutional Type(As of each May 1)

*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
Asia 170,720
(155,803)
92.7%
(92.7)
Europe 6,370
(5,684)
3.5%
(3.4)
North America 2,492
(2,604)
1.4%
(1.5)
Middle East 1,450
(1,299)
0.8%
(0.8)
Africa 1,287
(1,207)
0.7%
(0.7)
Latin America 1,262
(1,016)
0.7%
(0.6)
Oceania 574
(532)
0.3%
(0.3)
Total 184,155
(168,145)
100.0%
(100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2013

4. Number of International Students by Nationality

(Unit: person)
Country/region Number of students % of total Country/region Number of students % of total
China 94,399 (97,875) 51.3% (58.2) Germany 713 (629) 0.4% (0.4)
Vietnam 26,439 (13,799) 14.4% (8.2) Saudi Arabia 605 (508) 0.3% (0.3)
Republic of Korea 15,777 (17,283) 8.6% (10.3) Russia 589 (508) 0.3% (0.3)
Nepal 10,448 (5,807) 5.7% (3.5) Sweden 572 (469) 0.3% (0.3)
Taiwan 6,231 (5,660) 3.4% (3.4) United Kingdom 502 (495) 0.3% (0.3)
Thailand 3,250 (2,876) 1.8% (1.7) Brazil 460 (293) 0.2% (0.2)
Indonesia 3,188 (2,787) 1.7% (1.7) Italy 431 (327) 0.2% (0.2)
Malaysia 2,475 (2,378) 1.3% (1.4) Cambodia 407 (369) 0.2% (0.2)
U.S.A. 2,152 (2,275) 1.2% (1.4) Uzbekistan 358 (281) 0.2% (0.2)
Myanmar 1,935 (1,598) 1.1% (1.0) Australia 345 (339) 0.2% (0.2)
Mongolia 1,548 (1,402) 0.8% (0.8) Canada 340 (329) 0.2% (0.2)
Sri Lanka 1,412 (1,054) 0.8% (0.6) Spain 291 (226) 0.2% (0.1)
France 957 (894) 0.5% (0.5) Singapore 287 (235) 0.2% (0.1)
Bangladesh 948 (899) 0.5% (0.5) Egypt 268 (230) 0.1% (0.1)
Philippines 753 (649) 0.4% (0.4) Others 5,348 (5,022) 2.9% (3.0)
India 727 (649) 0.4% (0.4) Total 184,155 (168,145) 100.0% (100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2013

5. Number of International Students by Gender

(Unit: person)
Gender Number of students % of total
Male
101,130
(89,613)
54.9%
(53.3)
Female
83,025
(78,532)
45.1%
(46.7)
Total
184,155
(168,145)
100.0%
(100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2013

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
24,646
61.6%
1,743
4.4%
13,590
34.0%
39,979
100.0%
(24,711)
(62.5)
(1,722)
(4.4)
(13,134)
(33.2)
(39,567)
(100.0)
University (undergraduate)
10,844
16.5%
1,755
2.7%
53,266
80.9%
65,865
100.0%
(10,453)
(15.5)
(1,669)
(2.5)
(55,315)
(82.0)
(67,437)
(100.0)
Junior college
0
0.0%
13
0.9%
1,420
99.1%
1,433
100.0%
(0)
(0.0)
(11)
(0.8)
(1,427)
(99.2)
(1,438)
(100.0)
College of technology
408
84.3%
0
0.0%
76
15.7%
484
100.0%
(396)
(85.3)
(0)
(0.0)
(68)
(14.7)
(464)
(100.0)
Professional training college
0
0.0%
10
0.03%
29,217
99.97%
29,227
100.0%
(1)
(0.0)
(13)
(0.05)
(24,572)
(99.94)
(24,586)
(100.0)
University preparatory course
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
2,197
100.0%
2,197
100.0%
(0)
(0.0)
(0)
(0.0)
(2,027)
(100.0)
(2,027)
(100.0)
Japanese language institutes
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
44,970
100.0%
44,970
100.0%
(0)
(0.0)
(0)
(0.0)
(32,626)
(100.0)
(32,626)
(100.0)
Total
35,898
19.5%
3,521
1.9%
144,736
78.6%
184,155
100.0%
(35,561)
(21.2)
(3,415)
(2.0)
(129,169)
(76.8)
(168,145)
(100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2013

7. Number of International Students by Major Field

(Unit: person)
Major field Number of students % of total
Humanities
76,912
(61,231)
41.8%
(36.4)
Social science
51,507
(52,333)
28.0%
(31.1)
Science
2,434
(2,279)
1.3%
(1.4)
Engineering
23,566
(23,242)
12.8%
(13.8)
Agriculture
3,096
(2,973)
1.7%
(1.8)
Health care
3,168
(3,097)
1.7%
(1.8)
Home economics
2,679
(2,759)
1.5%
(1.6)
Education
3,118
(3,143)
1.7%
(1.9)
Arts
5,074
(4,776)
2.8%
(2.8)
Others
12,601
(12,312)
6.8%
(7.3)
Total
184,155
(168,145)
100.0%
(100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2013

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 2,755
(2,816)
1.5%
(1.7)
Hokkaido
2,755
(2,816)
Kinki
31,135
(29,549)
16.9%
(17.6)
Mie
905
(974)
Shiga
391
(395)
Kyoto
8,840
(8,477)
Osaka
13,588
(12,513)
Hyogo
5,852
(5,529)
Nara
1,214
(1,341)
Tohoku 4,328
(3,832)
2.4%
(2.3)
Aomori
276
(239)
Wakayama
345
(320)
Iwate
308
(319)
Chugoku
7,230
(6,955)
3.9%
(4.1)
Tottori
172
(172)
Miyagi
2,714
(2,384)
Shimane
205
(207)
Akita
416
(372)
Okayama
2,371
(2,327)
Yamagata
241
(224)
Hiroshima
3,014
(2,817)
Fukushima
373
(294)
Yamaguchi
1,468
(1,432)
Kanto 97,057
(84,931)
52.7%
(50.5)
Ibaraki
3,360
(2,795)
Shikoku
1,424
(1,329)
0.8%
(0.8)
Tokushima
310
(322)
Tochigi
1,695
(1,351)
Kagawa
403
(378)
Gunma
1,890
(1,725)
Ehime
514
(450)
Saitama
6,734
(6,508)
Kochi
197
(179)
Chiba
7,253
(6,512)
Kyushu
23,236
(22,243)
12.6%
(13.2)
Fukuoka
14,252
(13,707)
Tokyo
69,903
(60,515)
Saga
446
(444)
Kanagawa
6,222
(5,525)
Nagasaki
1,759
(1,451)
Chubu 16,990
(16,490)
9.2%
(9.8)
Niigata
1,618
(1,562)
Kumamoto
863
(717)
Toyama
543
(580)
Oita
3,341
(3,462)
Ishikawa
1,504
(1,534)
Miyazaki
241
(197)
Fukui
307
(280)
Kagoshima
961
(1,011)
Yamanashi
914
(885)
Okinawa
1,373
(1,254)
Nagano
1,080
(1,025)
Total 184,155
(168,145)
100.0%
(100.0)
Gifu
1,482
(1,570)
Shizuoka
2,048
(1,980)
Aichi
7,494
(7,074)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2013
Note: International students attending universities whose campuses lie in two or more prefectures are included in the figure for the prefecture where the main office of the university is located.

9. Number of International Students by Housing (As of May 1,2014)

A. International student housing set up by schools (34,521 students)
National universities
86 schools
9,954 students
Local public universities
28 schools
782 students
Private universities
561 schools
23,785students

B. International student housing set up by public corporations, etc. (5,056 students)
Student housing set up by JASSO 832 students
Student housing set up by local government 784 students
Student housing set up by public corporations 1,258 students
Public housing 1,461 students
Private company housing 721 students

C. General student housing set up by schools (7,129 students)
National universities
91schools
2,873 students
Local public universities
9 schools
241 students
Private universities
256 schools
4,015 students

Number of international students by housing(As of May 1,2014)

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