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International Students in Japan 2015

March, 2016
Japan Student Services Organization(JASSO)

【1.Result of an Annual Survey of International Students in Japan 2015】
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, 2015 is 208,379 persons.
Increase by 24,224 persons (13.2%) compared with the result of last year(184,155 persons).

Classification:
Higher education institutions: 152,062 persons (increase by 12,877 persons(9.3%))
Japanese language institutes: 56,317 persons (increase by 11,347 persons(25.2%))

【2.The Status Survey of Students Enrolled Short-term Educational Programs for Fiscal Year 2014】
This survey is track on the number of students enrolled in courses of higher educational institutions in fiscal year 2014 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, which means not counted on this survey.

The number of students in fiscal year 2014 is 11,428 persons.
Increase by 2,103 persons (22.6%) compared with the result of last year.

【3.The Annual Status Survey on the Acceptance of International Students during Fiscal Year 2014】
This survey is keep track on the acceptance of international students at universities, etc. in Japan during the fiscal year in question.

The number of international students during the fiscal year 2014 is 208,692 persons.
(This is for reference)


*“International student” on 1 and 3, 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.

*On the survey of 3, in case of enrolling in another university, etc. during fiscal year,we add the number from the university, etc. enrolled in after graduating from former university, etc.

*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 survey before last(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 2015】
○ 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
2015 2014 Number % of total
China 94,111 94,399 ▲ 288 ▲ 0.3
Vietnam 38,882 26,439 12,443 47.1
Nepal 16,250 10,448 5,802 55.5
Republic of Korea 15,279 15,777 ▲ 498 ▲ 3.2
Taiwan 7,314 6,231 1,083 17.4
Indonesia 3,600 3,188 412 12.9
Thailand 3,526 3,250 276 8.5
Myanmar 2,755 1,935 820 42.4
Malaysia 2,594 2,475 119 4.8
U.S.A. 2,423 2,152 271 12.6
Others 21,645 17,861 3,784 21.2
Total 208,379 184,155 24,224 13.2
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
2015 2014 2015 2014
China 74,921 77,792 China 19,190 16,607
Vietnam 20,131 11,174 Vietnam 18,751 15,265
Republic of Korea 13,397 13,940 Nepal 7,559 5,157
Nepal 8,691 5,291 Republic of Korea 1,882 1,837
Taiwan 5,610 4,971 Taiwan 1,704 1,260
Indonesia 2,995 2,705 Sri Lanka 1,112 510
Thailand 2,904 2,676 Myanmar 1,103 655
Malaysia 2,460 2,361 Thailand 622 574
U.S.A. 2,223 1,975 Indonesia 605 483
Myanmar 1,652 1,280 Mongolia 493 326
Others 17,078 15,020 Others 3,296 2,296
Total 152,062 139,185 Total 56,317 44,970

By The Status Survey of Students Enrolled Short-term Educational Programs for Fiscal Year 2014

Top 10 n umber of International Students by Nationality
Country/region Number of students Comparison with last year
2014 2013 Number % of total
China 2,198 1,730 468 27.1
Republic of Korea 1,711 1,717 ▲ 6 ▲ 0.3
Taiwan 1,329 1,007 322 32.0
U.S.A. 1,187 1,137 50 4.4
Thailand 1,186 908 278 30.6
Indonesia 618 357 261 73.1
Malaysia 378 190 188 98.9
Australia 333 326 7 2.1
Vietnam 261 182 79 43.4
Philippines 212 88 124 140.9
Others 2,015 1,683 332 19.7
Total 11,428 9,325 2,103 22.6
○Number of International Students by Nationality (FY 2014)
Country/region Less than two weeks 2weeks-
1month
1-3months 3-6months Number of students
China 1,013 821 317 47 2,198
Republic of Korea 796 754 129 32 1,711
Taiwan 692 542 83 12 1,329
U.S.A. 277 389 450 71 1,187
Thailand 517 433 220 16 1,186
Indonesia 294 245 69 10 618
Malaysia 205 96 54 23 378
Australia 109 153 70 1 333
Vietnam 152 81 28 0 261
Philippines 156 36 18 2 212
Others 656 755 520 84 2,015
Total 4,867 4,305 1,958 298 11,428

<Summary of surveys>

Contact Information

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