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International Students in Japan 2009

132,720 international students in Japan as of May 1, 2009, 7.2% up from last year.

Number of international students by institutional type

Graduate school
35,405
(8.4% up)
University (undergraduate)/Junior college/
College of technology
67,108
(6.2% up)
Professional training college
27,914
(8.4% up)
University preparatory course
2,293
(2.6% up)

5 major countries/regions of origin

China
79,082
(8.7% up)
Republic of Korea
19,605
(3.9% up)
Taiwan
5,332
(4.9% up)
Vietnam
3,199
(11.3% up)
Malaysia
2,395
(5.5% up)

Note1: "International student" on this statistics is defined as a student from a foreign country who is receiving education at any Japanese university, graduate school, junior college, college of technology, professional training college or university preparatory courses and who resides in Japan with "college student" visa status, as defined in Annexed Table 1 of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.

Note 2: "Short-term international student" on this statistics 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 different 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

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

Trends in Number of International Students by Institutional Type

*Note: "University preparatory courses" are designated by MEXT for students with school education of less than 12 years in foreign countries. Those who completed these courses are qualified to enter Japanese Universities.

3. Number of International Students by Region of Origin

(Unit: person)
Region Number of students % of total Short-term International Students
Number of students % of total
Asia 122,464
(114,189)
92.3%
(92.2)
7,223
(5,915)
62.6%
(60.6)
Europe 4,033
(3,819)
3.0%
(3.1)
1,928
(1,770)
16.7%
(18.1)
North America 2,575
(2,343)
1.9%
(1.9)
1,863
(1,584)
16.1%
(16.2)
Africa 1,159
(1,084)
0.9%
(0.9)
63
(44)
0.5%
(0.5)
Central and South America 1,050
(1,008)
0.8%
(0.8)
144
(118)
1.2%
(1.2)
Middle and Near East 923
(842)
0.7
(0.7)
63
(55)
0.5%
(0.6)
Oceania 516
(544)
0.4%
(0.4)
262
(270)
2.3%
(2.8)
Total 132,720
(123,829)
100.0%
(100.0)
11,546
(9,756)
100.0%
(100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2008

4. Number of International Students by Nationality
(1) Number of International Students by Nationality

(Unit: person)
Country/region Number of students % of total Country/region Number of students % of total
China
79,082 (72,766) 59.6% (58.8)
Germany
450 (479) 0.3% (0.4)
Republic of Korea
19,605 (18,862) 14.8% (15.2)
United Kingdom
427 (400) 0.3% (0.3)
Taiwan
5,332 (5,082) 4.0% (4.1)
Canada
345 (319) 0.3% (0.3)
Vietnam
3,199 (2,873) 2.4% (2.3)
Brazil
336 (331) 0.3% (0.3)
Malaysia
2,395 (2,271) 1.8% (1.8) Australia 331 (347) 0.2% (0.3)
Thailand
2,360 (2,203) 1.8% (1.8)
Egypt
329 (320) 0.2% (0.3)
U.S.A.
2,230 (2,024) 1.7% (1.6)
Russia
304 (315) 0.2% (0.3)
Indonesia
1,996 (1,791) 1.5% (1.4)
Cambodia
300 (287) 0.2% (0.2)
Bangladesh
1,683 (1,686) 1.3% (1.4)
Laos
285 (276) 0.2% (0.2)
Nepal
1,628 (1,476) 1.2% (1.2) Saudi Arabia 253 (184) 0.2% (0.1)
Mongolia
1,215 (1,145) 0.9% (0.9)
Uzbekistan
223 (205) 0.2% (0.2)
Myanmar
1,012 (922) 0.8% (0.7)
Iran
218 (216) 0.2% (0.2)
Sri Lanka
934 (1,097) 0.7% (0.9)
Sweden
182 (155) 0.1% (0.1)
France
624 (574) 0.5% (0.5)
Turkey
167 (171) 0.1% (0.1)
India
543 (544) 0.4% (0.4)
Others
4,204 (3,981) 3.2% (3.2)
Philippines
528 (527) 0.4% (0.4)
Total
132,720 (123,829) 100.0% (100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2008

(2) Number of Short-term International Students by Nationality

(Unit: person)
Country/region Number of students % of total Country/region Number of students % of total
China
3,577 (2,636) 31.0% (27.0)
Italy
76 (68) 0.7% (0.7)
Republic of Korea
1,952 (1,849) 16.9% (19.0)
Russia
71 (79) 0.6% (0.8)
U.S.A.
1,683 (1,447) 14.6% (14.8)
Spain
60 (47) 0.5% (0.5)
Taiwan
729 (595) 6.3% (6.1)
Philippines
52 (36) 0.5% (0.4)
France
412 (359) 3.6% (3.7)
Norway
52 (43) 0.5% (0.4)
Germany
313 (350) 2.7% (3.6)
Singapore
49 (38) 0.4% (0.4)
Thailand
295 (272) 2.6% (2.8)
Poland
49 (49) 0.4% (0.5)
United Kingdom
256 (212) 2.2% (2.2)
Mexico
44 (43) 0.4% (0.4)
Australia
219 (229) 1.9% (2.3)
Austria
44 (29) 0.4% (0.3)
Canada
180 (137) 1.6% (1.4)
Brazil
43 (38) 0.4% (0.4)
Indonesia
154 (134) 1.3% (1.4) Malaysia 42 (37) 0.4% (0.4)
Vietnam
129 (112) 1.1% (1.1)
Switzerland
38 (37) 0.3% (0.4)
Sweden
121 (114) 1.0% (1.2)
New Zealand
36 (35) 0.3% (0.4)
Netherlands
94 (69) 0.8% (0.7)
Myanmar
33 (39) 0.3% (0.4)
Mongolia
93 (47) 0.8% (0.5)
Others
574 (508) 5.0% (5.2)
Finland
76 (68) 0.7% (0.7)
Total
11,546 (9,756) 100.0% (100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2008

5. Number of International Students by Sex

(Unit: person)
Sex Number of students % of total
Male 67,723
(62,979)
51.0%
(50.9)
Female 64,997
(60,850)
49.0%
(49.1)
Total 132,720
(123,829)
100.0%
(100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2008

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 21,884 61.8% 1,493 4.2% 12,028 34.0% 35,405 100.0%
(20,247) (62.0) (1,316) (4.0) (11,103) (34.0) (32,666) (100.0)
University (undergraduate) 9,907 15.4% 1,313 2.0% 53,107 82.6% 64,327 100.0%
(9,674) (16.0) (1,302) (2.2) (49,544) (81.9) (60,520) (100.0)
Junior college 0 0.0% 5 0.2% 2,219 99.8% 2,224 100.0%
(2) (0.1) (5) (0.2) (2,110) (99.7) (2,117) (100.0)
College of technology 472 84.7% 0 0.0% 85 15.3% 557 100.0%
(462) (85.9) (0) (0.0) (76) (14.1) (538) (100.0)
Professional training college 0 0.0% 8 0.03% 27,906 99.97% 27,914 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (9) (0.03) (25,744) (99.97) (25,753) (100.0)
University preparatory course 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 2,293 100.0% 2,293 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (0) (0.0) (2,235) (100.0) (2,235) (100.0)
Total 32,263 24.3% 2,819 2.1% 97,638 73.6% 132,720 100.0%
(30,385) (24.5) (2,632) (2.1) (90,812) (73.3) (123,829) (100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2008

7. Number of International Students by Major Field

(Unit: person)
Major field Number of students % of total
Humanities 32,954 (29,189) 24.8% (23.6)
Social science 50,620 (48,259) 38.1% (39.0)
Science 1,694 (1,526) 1.3% (1.2)
Engineering 20,713 (19,511) 15.6% (15.8)
Agriculture 2,934 (2,887) 2.2% (2.3)
Health care 2,877 (2,768) 2.2% (2.2)
Home economics 2,898 (2,772) 2.2% (2.2)
Education 3,045 (2,981) 2.3% (2.4)
Arts 4,130 (4,006) 3.1% (3.2)
Others 10,855 (9,930) 8.2% (8.0)
Total 132,720 (123,829) 100.0% (100.0)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2008

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
2,173
(1,900)
1.6%
(1.5)
Hokkaido
2,173
(1,900)
Kinki
23,085
(21,848)
17.4%
(17.6)
Mie 885 (793)
Shiga 432 (371)
Kyoto 5,377 (4,994)
Osaka 10,576 (10,289)
Hyogo 4,240 (4,017)
Nara 1,304 (1,102)
Tohoku
4,040
(3,481)
3.0%
(2.8)
Aomori 730 (523) Wakayama 271 (282)
Iwate 450 (396) Chugoku
6,472
(5,302)
4.9%
(4.3)
Tottori 188 (186)
Miyagi 1,945 (1,814) Shimane 231 (213)
Akita 297 (227) Okayama 2,535 (1,982)
Yamagata 222 (212) Hiroshima 2,301 (2,091)
Fukushima 396 (309) Yamaguchi 1,217 (830)
Kanto
65,008
(61,949)
49.0%
(50.0)
Ibaraki 2,519 (2,320) Shikoku
1,392
(1,336)
1.0%
(1.1)
Tokushima 334 (361)
Tochigi 1,126 (1,071) Kagawa 366 (349)
Gunma 1,464 (1,172) Ehime 531 (475)
Saitama 5,951 (5,444) Kochi 161 (151)
Chiba 5,790 (5,566) Kyushu
15,674
(14,235)
11.8%
(11.5)
Fukuoka 7,578 (6,613)
Tokyo 43,775 (42,371) Saga 406 (398)
Kanagawa 4,383 (4,005) Nagasaki 1,655 (1,418)
Chubu
14,876
(13,778)
11.2%
(11.1)
Niigata 1,394 (1,197) Kumamoto 793 (743)
Toyama 599 (585) Oita 4,147 (3,965)
Ishikawa 1,576 (1,421) Miyazaki 148 (122)
Fukui 340 (329) Kagoshima 413 (434)
Yamanashi 785 (692) Okinawa 534 (542)
Nagano 618 (570) Total 132,720
(123,829)
100.0%
(100.0)
Gifu 1,450 (1,373)
Shizuoka 1,643 (1,480)
Aichi 6,471 (6,131)
( ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2008

9. Number of International Students by Housing (as of May 1, 2009)

A. International student housing set up by schools (18,467 students)
National universities
81schools
6,860 students
Local public universities
18 schools
328 students
Private universities
321 schools
11,279 students

B. International student housing set up by public corporations, etc. (6,954 students)
JASSO-sponsored housing 2,152 students
Public corporation-sponsored housing 1,037 students
Local government-sponsored housing 1,147 students
Public housing 2,053 students
Private company housing 565 students

C. General student housing set up by schools (6,008 students)
National universities
103 schools
2,844 students
Local public universities
12 schools
196 students
Private universities
235 schools
2,968 students

(Unit: person)
International Students Housing

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