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International Students in Japan 2014

February, 2015
Japan Student Services Organization(JASSO)

【1.Result of an Annual Survey of International Students in Japan 2014】
 This survey is to track on current status of international students as of May 1 each year.

The number of international students as May 1, 2014 is 184,155 persons.
Increase by 16,010 persons (9.5%) compared with the result of last year.
Classification:
Higher education institutions: 139,185 persons (increase by 3,666 persons(2.7%))
Japanese language institutes: 44,970 persons (increase by 12,344 persons(37.8%))

2.The Annual Status Survey on Short-term Study of International Students for Fiscal Year 2013
This survey is to supplement the "Annual Survey of International Students in Japan 2014" which tracks on current status of international students as of May 1 each year by monitoring the enrollment situation of international students which started their study after the base date of previous survey (after May 2) and finished their study before the base date of present survey (by April 30). That is, students started their study after May 2, 2013 and finished by April 30, 2014, was surveyed.
*Students who are enrolling on May 1, 2014 are counted on the survey 1, which means not counted on this survey.

The number of International students started their study after May 2, 2013 and finished by April 30, 2014, is 5,008 persons.
Increase by 533 persons (11.9%) compared with the result of last year.
Classification:
Higher education institutions: 3,597 persons (increase by 427 persons(13.5%))
Japanese language institutes: 1,411 persons (increase by 106 persons(8.1%))

3.The Status Survey of Students Enrolled Short-term Educational Programs for Fiscal Year 2013
This survey is track on the number of students enrolled in courses of higher educational institutions in fiscal year 2013 under the short-term educational programs with less than 6 months and granted other than “College Student” visa.
*Students who holds College Student visa are counted on either survey 1 or 2, which means not counted on this survey.

The number of students in fiscal year 2013 is 9,325 persons.
Increase by 681 persons (7.9%) compared with the result of last year.

*“International student” on 1 and 2, are 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.


*Since the status of residence of "College student" and "Pre-college student" are unified by the "Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act" (promulgated on July 15, 2009 ), international students belonging to Japanese language institutes have been also surveyed since 2011.
Still, on the last survey (as of May 1, 2013), base number of international students was the number of students other than Japanese Language institutes and the number of Japanese language institutes as well as their sum were released as reference data.
However, as we confirmed by the last 4 surveys that the number of students belonging to Japanese language institutes can smoothly tracked, we start to add them to announce the base number of international students since 2014 survey.

<2:References (Trends of International Students)>

【By Result of an Annual Survey of International Students in Japan 2014】
○ 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)
○Top 10 number of International Students by Nationality
Country/region Number of students Comparison with last year
2014 2013 Number % of total
China 94,399 97,875 ▲3,476 ▲3.6
Vietnam 26,439 13,799 12,640 91.6
Republic of Korea 15,777 17,283 ▲1,506 ▲8.7
Nepal 10,448 5,807 4,641 79.9
Taiwan 6,231 5,660 571 10.1
Thailand 3,250 2,876 374 13.0
Indonesia 3,188 2,787 401 14.4
Malaysia 2,475 2,378 97 4.1
U.S.A. 2,152 2,275 ▲123 ▲5.4
Myanmar 1,935 1,598 337 21.1
Others 17,861 15,807 2,054 13.0
Total 184,155 168,145 16,010 9.5
Details (as of each May 1)
International Students
in Higher Education Institutions
International Students
in Japanese language institutes
Country/region Number of students Country/region Number of students
2014 2013 2014 2013
China 77,792 81,884 China 16,607 15,991
Republic of Korea 13,940 15,304 Vietnam 15,265 7,509
Vietnam 11,174 6,290 Nepal 5,157 2,619
Nepal 5,291 3,188 Republic of Korea 1,837 1,979
Taiwan 4,971 4,719 Taiwan 1,260 941
Indonesia 2,705 2,410 Myanmar 655 405
Thailand 2,676 2,383 Thailand 574 493
Malaysia 2,361 2,293 Sri Lanka 510 260
U.S.A. 1,975 2,083 Indonesia 483 377
Myanmar 1,280 1,193 Mongolia 326 264
Others 15,020 13,772 Others 2,296 1,788
Total 139,185 135,519 Total 44,970 32,626

By The Annual Status Survey on Short-term Study of International Students for Fiscal Year 2013

○Top 10 number of International Students by Nationality
Country/region Number of students Comparison with last year
2013 2012 Number % of total
China 1,309 1,323 ▲14 ▲1.1
Republic of Korea 651 713 ▲62 ▲8.7
U.S.A. 628 535 93 17.4
Taiwan 409 308 101 32.8
Germany 231 158 73 46.2
France 185 157 28 17.8
Thailand 153 129 24 18.6
Vietnam 127 83 44 53.0
Indonesia 107 93 14 15.1
Italy 86 68 18 26.5
Others 1,122 908 214 23.6
Total 5,008 4,475 533 11.9
Details
International Students
in Higher Education Institutions
International Students
in Japanese language institutes
Country/region Number of students Country/region Number of students
2013 2012 2013 2012
China 771 710 China 538 613
U.S.A. 595 517 Republic of Korea 328 323
Republic of Korea 323 390 Taiwan 155 134
Taiwan 254 174 Vietnam 70 28
Germany 228 153 Thailand 35 25
France 171 146 U.S.A. 33 18
Thailand 118 104 Sweden 32 22
Indonesia 94 81 Russia 32 9
Australia 69 58 Italy 28 22
Netherlands 63 63 Spain 19 7
Others 911 774 Others 141 104
Total 3,597 3,170 Total 1,411 1,305
○Number of International Students by Nationality (FY 2013)
Country/region Less than
one month
1 - 3 months 3 - 6 months 6 - 12 months Number of students
China 34 109 786 380 1,309
Republic of Korea 26 86 386 153 651
U.S.A. 18 87 486 37 628
Taiwan 22 50 279 58 409
Germany 1 11 182 37 231
France 0 20 150 15 185
Thailand 8 24 105 16 153
Vietnam 6 17 75 29 127
Indonesia 5 11 82 9 107
Italy 3 6 66 11 86
Others 54 99 781 188 1,122
Total 177 520 3,378 933 5,008

By The Status Survey of Students Enrolled Short-term Educational Programs for Fiscal Year 2013

○Top 10 number of International Students by Nationality
Country/region Number of students Comparison with last year
2013 2012 Number % of total
China 1,730 1,393 337 24.2
Republic of Korea 1,717 1,896 ▲179 ▲9.4
U.S.A. 1,137 1,264 ▲127 ▲10.0
Taiwan 1,007 1,277 ▲270 ▲21.1
Thailand 908 780 128 16.4
Indonesia 357 42 315 750.0
Australia 326 257 69 26.8
Canada 242 144 98 68.1
Malaysia 190 107 83 77.6
Vietnam 182 10 172 1,720.0
Others 1,529 1,474 55 3.7
Total 9,325 8,644 681 7.9
○Number of International Students by Nationality (FY 2013)
Country/region Less than
two weeks
2 weeks - 1 month 1 - 3 months 3 - 6 months Number of students
China 877 560 270 23 1,730
Republic of Korea 812 702 182 21 1,717
U.S.A. 270 395 463 9 1,137
Taiwan 482 416 102 7 1,007
Thailand 398 317 190 3 908
Indonesia 167 114 71 5 357
Australia 61 206 58 1 326
Canada 45 161 32 4 242
Malaysia 56 58 75 1 190
Vietnam 103 43 36 0 182
Others 546 487 429 67 1,529
Total 3,817 3,459 1,908 141 9,325

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