March, 2016
Japan Student Services Organization(JASSO)

Overview of international students acceptance

208,379 international students in Japan as of May 1, 2015,
13.2% up from last year.


Number of international students by institutional type
Persons Increase/decrease
Graduate school 41,396
(1,417 : 3.5% up)
University (undergraduate) 67,472
(1,607 : 2.4% up)
Junior college 1,414 ( - 19 : 1.3% down)
College of technology 519 (35 : 7.2% up)
Professional training college 38,654
(9,427 : 32.3% up)
University preparatory course 2,607
(410 : 18.7% up)
Japanese language institutes 56,317
(11,347 : 25.2% up)

Five major countries / regions of origin
Persons Increase/decrease
China 94,111
( - 288 : 0.3% down)
Vietnam 38,882
(12,443 : 47.1% up)
Nepal 16,250
(5,802 : 55.5% up)
Republic of Korea 15,279
( - 498 : 3.2% down)
Taiwan 7,314
(1,083 : 17.4% 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 193,172
(170,720)
92.7%
(92.7)
Europe 7,268
(6,370)
3.5%
(3.5)
North America 2,778
(2,492)
1.3%
(1.4)
Middle East 1,632
(1,450)
0.8%
(0.8)
Africa 1,530
(1,287)
0.7%
(0.7)
Latin America 1,369
(1,262)
0.7%
(0.7)
Oceania 626
(574)
0.3%
(0.3)
Others 4
(0)
0.0%
(0.0)
Total 208,379
(184,155)
100.0%
(100.0)
(   )indicates figures as of May, 2014

4. Number of International Students by Nationality

(Unit: person)
Country/region Number of students % of total Country/region Number of students % of total
China 94,111 (94,399) 45.2% (51.3) Germany 860 (713) 0.4% (0.4)
Vietnam 38,882 (26,439) 18.7% (14.4) Russia 692 (589) 0.3% (0.3)
Nepal 16,250 (10,448) 7.8% (5.7) Saudi Arabia 587 (605) 0.3% (0.3)
Republic of Korea 15,279 (15,777) 7.3% (8.6) Sweden 568 (572) 0.3% (0.3)
Taiwan 7,314 (6,231) 3.5% (3.4) Italy 530 (431) 0.3% (0.2)
Indonesia 3,600 (3,188) 1.7% (1.7) Brazil 510 (460) 0.2% (0.2)
Thailand 3,526 (3,250) 1.7% (1.8) Cambodia 509 (407) 0.2% (0.2)
Myanmar 2,755 (1,935) 1.3% (1.1) United Kingdom 494 (502) 0.2% (0.3)
Malaysia 2,594 (2,475) 1.2% (1.3) Uzbekistan 471 (358) 0.2% (0.2)
U.S.A 2,423 (2,152) 1.2% (1.2) Australia 408 (345) 0.2% (0.2)
Sri Lanka 2,312 (1,412) 1.1% (0.8) Canada 355 (340) 0.2% (0.2)
Mongolia 1,843 (1,548) 0.9% (0.8) Spain 339 (291) 0.2% (0.2)
Bangladesh 1,459 (948) 0.7% (0.5) Singapore 315 (287) 0.2% (0.2)
France 1,122 (957) 0.5% (0.5) Afghanistan 308 (214) 0.1% (0.1)
Philippines 1,028 (753) 0.5% (0.4) Others 6,056 (5,402) 2.9% (2.9)
India 879 (727) 0.4% (0.4) Total 208,379 (184,155) 100.0% (100.0)
(   )indicates figures as of May, 2014

5. Number of International Students by Gender

(Unit: person)
Gender Number of students % of total
Male 116,360 (101,130) 55.8% (54.9)
Female 92,019 (83,025) 44.2% (45.1)
Total 208,379 (184,155) 100.0% (100.0)
(   )indicates figures as of May, 2014

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 25,532 61.7% 1,812 4.4% 14,052 33.9% 41,396 100.0%
(24,646) (61.6) (1,743) (4.4) (13,590) (34.0) (39,979) (100.0)
University
(undergraduate)
11,024 16.3% 1,737 2.6% 54,711 81.1% 67,472 100.0%
(10,844) (16.5) (1,755) (2.7) (53,266) (80.9) (65,865) (100.0)
Junior college 0 0.0% 13 0.9% 1,401 99.1% 1,414 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (13) (0.9) (1,420) (99.1) (1,433) (100.0)
College of technology 460 88.6% 0 0.0% 59 11.4% 519 100.0%
(408) (84.3) (0) (0.0) (76) (15.7) (484) (100.0)
Professional training college 0 0.0% 6 0.02% 38,648 99.98% 38,654 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (10) 0.03% (29,217) (99.97) (29,227) (100.0)
University preparatory course 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 2,607 100.0% 2,607 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (0) (0.0) (2,197) (100.0) (2,197) (100.0)
Japanese language institutes 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 56,317 100.0% 56,317 100.0%
(0) 0.0% (0) 0.0% 44,970 (100.0) (44,970) (100.0)
Total 37,016 17.8% 3,568 1.7% 167,795 80.5% 208,379 100.0%
(35,898) (19.5) (3,521) (1.9) (144,736) (78.6) (184,155) (100.0)
(   )indicates figures as of May, 2014

7. Number of International Students by Major Field

(Unit: person)
Major field Number of students % of total
Humanities 94,094 (76,912) 45.2% (41.8)
Social science 55,075 (51,507) 26.4% (28.0)
Science 2,693 (2,434) 1.3% (1.3)
Engineering 24,665 (23,566) 11.8% (12.8)
Agriculture 3,387 (3,096) 1.6% (1.7)
Health care 3,368 (3,168) 1.6% (1.7)
Home economics 3,378 (2,679) 1.6% (1.5)
Education 3,150 (3,118) 1.5% (1.7)
Arts 5,575 (5,074) 2.7% (2.8)
Others 12,994 (12,601) 6.2% (6.8)
Total 208,379 (184,155) 100.0% (100.0)
(   ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2014

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  
 
2,974
(2,755)
 
 
 
 
1.4%
(1.5%)
 
 
Hokkaido 2,974 (2,755) Kinki  
 
34,491
(31,135)
 
 
 
 
 
16.6%
(16.9%)
 
 
 
Mie 1,009 (905)
Shiga 423 (391)
Kyoto 9,299 (8,840)
Osaka 15,280 (13,588)
Hyogo 7,007 (5,852)
Nara 1,136 (1,214)
Tohoku  
 
5,050
(4,328)
 
 
 
 
2.4%
(2.4%)
 
 
Aomori 311 (276) Wakayama 337 (345)
Iwate 323 (308) Chugoku  
7,881
(7,230)
 
 
 
3.8%
(3.9%)
 
 
Tottori 188 (172)
Miyagi 3,212 (2,714) Shimane 228 (205)
Akita 460 (416) Okayama 2,504 (2,371)
Yamagata 239 (241) Hiroshima 3,129 (3,014)
Fukushima 505 (373) Yamaguchi 1,832 (1,468)
Kanto  
 
114,778
(97,057)
 
 
 
 
 
55.1%
(52.7%)
 
 
 
Ibaraki 4,835 (3,360) Shikoku  
1,578
(1,424)
 
 
0.8%
(0.8%)
 
Tokushima 293 (310)
Tochigi 2,062 (1,695) Kagawa 442 (403)
Gunma 2,767 (1,890) Ehime 628 (514)
Saitama 7,368 (6,734) Kochi 215 (197)
Chiba 8,275 (7,253) Kyushu  
 
 
23,680
(23,236)
 
 
 
 
 
 
11.4%
(12.6%)
 
 
 
Fukuoka 13,666 (14,252)
Tokyo 81,543 (69,903) Saga 442 (446)
Kanagawa 7,928 (6,222) Nagasaki 1,680 (1,759)
Chubu  
 
 
17,947
(16,990)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8.6%
(9.2%)
 
 
 
 
Niigata 1,768 (1,618) Kumamoto 986 (863)
Toyama 558 (543) Oita 3,537 (3,341)
Ishikawa 1,537 (1,504) Miyazaki 300 (241)
Fukui 295 (307) Kagoshima 979 (961)
Yamanashi 903 (914) Okinawa 2,090 (1,373)
Nagano 1,227 (1,080) Total 208,379
(184,155)
  100.0%
(100.0%)
Gifu 1,579 (1,482)
Shizuoka 2,062 (2,048)
Aichi 8,018 (7,494)
(   ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2014

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 1,2015)


A. International student housing set up by schools (39,883 students)
National universities
88 schools
10,991 students
Local public universities
32 schools
890 students
Private universities
598 schools
28,002 students

B. International student housing set up by public corporations, etc. (5,592 students)
Student housing set up by JASSO 952 students
Student housing set up by local government 785 students
Student housing set up by public corporations 1,315 students
Public housing 1,552 students
Private company housing 988 students

C. General student housing set up by schools (6,537 students)
National universities
93 schools
2,341 students
Local public universities
8 schools
227 students
Private universities
248 schools
3,969 students

Number of international students by housing(As of May 1,2015)

References


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