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International Students in Japan 2016

March, 2017
Japan Student Services Organization(JASSO)

【1.Result of an Annual Survey of International Students in Japan 2016】
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, 2016 is 239,287 persons.
Increase by 30,908 persons (14.8%) compared with the result of last year.

Classification:
Higher education institutions: 171,122 persons (increase by 19,060 persons(12.5%))
Japanese language institutes: 68,165 persons (increase by 11,848 persons(21.0%))

【2.The Annual Status Survey on the Acceptance of International Students during Fiscal Year 2015】
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 2015 is 265,254 persons.
Increase by 56,562 persons (27.1%) compared with the result of last year.

Classification:
Higher education institutions: 182,138 persons (increase by 30,640 persons(20.2%))
Japanese language institutes: 83,116 persons (increase by 25,922 persons(45.3%))

【3.The Status Survey of Students Enrolled Short-term Educational Programs for Fiscal Year 2015】
This survey is track on the number of students enrolled in courses of higher educational institutions in fiscal year 2015 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 survey2, which means not counted on this survey.

The number of students in fiscal year 2015 is 15,015 persons.
Increase by 3,587 persons (31.4%) compared with the result of last year.


*“International student” on 1 and 2, 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.

*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, before 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.

<References (Trends of International Students)>

【By Result of an Annual Survey of International Students in Japan 2016】
○ 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(as of each May 1)
Country/region Number of students Comparison with last year
2016 2015 Number % of total
China 98,483 94,111 4,372 4.6
Vietnam 53,807 38,882 14,925 38.4
Nepal 19,471 16,250 3,221 19.8
Republic of Korea 15,457 15,279 178 1.2
Taiwan 8,330 7,314 1,016 13.9
Indonesia 4,630 3,600 1,030 28.6
Sri Lanka 3,976 2,312 1,664 72.0
Myanmar 3,851 2,755 1,096 39.8
Thailand 3,842 3,526 316 9.0
Malaysia 2,734 2,594 140 5.4
Others 24,706 21,756 2,950 13.6
Total 239,287 208,379 30,908 14.8
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International Students in Japanese language institutes
Country/region Number of students Country/region Number of students
2016 2015 2016 2015
China 75,262 74,921 Vietnam 25,228 18,751
Vietnam 28,579 20,131 China 23,221 19,190
Republic of Korea 13,571 13,397 Nepal 6,015 7,559
Nepal 13,456 8,691 Sri Lanka 2,071 1,112
Taiwan 6,401 5,610 Taiwan 1,929 1,704
Indonesia 3,670 2,995 Republic of Korea 1,886 1,882
Thailand 3,185 2,904 Myanmar 1,772 1,103
Malaysia 2,581 2,460 Indonesia 960 605
U.S.A. 2,428 2,223 Mongolia 689 493
Myanmar 2,079 1,652 Thailand 657 622
Others 19,910 17,078 Others 3,737 3,296
Total 171,122 152,062 Total 68,165 56,317

【By The Annual Status Survey on the Acceptance of International Students during Fiscal Year 2015】

○Number of International Students by Institutional Type (FY 2015)
Institutional Type Number of students Comparison with last year
2015 2014 Number % of total
Higher Education Institutions 182,138 151,498 30,640 20.2
Japanese language institutes 83,116 57,194 25,922 45.3
Total 265,254 208,692 56,562 27.1

By The Status Survey of Students Enrolled Short-term Educational Programs for Fiscal Year 2015

Top 10 n umber of International Students by Nationality
Country/region Number of students Comparison with last year
2015 2014 Number % of total
China 2,799 2,198 601 27.3
Republic of Korea 2,113 1,711 402 23.5
U.S.A. 1,711 1,187 524 44.1
Taiwan 1,581 1,329 252 19.0
Thailand 1,410 1,186 224 18.9
Indonesia 737 618 119 19.3
Malaysia 468 378 90 23.8
Australia 451 333 118 35.4
Vietnam 436 261 175 67.0
India 345 140 205 146.4
Others 2,964 2,087 877 42.0
Total 15,015 11,428 3,587 31.4
○Number of International Students by Nationality (FY 2015)
Country/region Less than two weeks 2weeks-
1month
1-3months 3-6months Number of students
China 1,486 966 316 31 2,799
Republic of Korea 1,212 763 116 22 2,113
U.S.A. 453 621 582 55 1,711
Taiwan 897 564 115 5 1,581
Thailand 637 452 310 11 1,410
Indonesia 366 302 69 0 737
Malaysia 239 162 60 7 468
Australia 187 194 69 1 451
Vietnam 317 59 58 2 436
India 189 71 74 11 345
Others 1,150 941 681 192 2,964
Total 7,133 5,095 2,450 337 15,015

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