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Shift in Number and Percentage of International Students

(Unit: person)
Year
Number of students
Annual increase
Annual % change
1983
10,428
2,312
28.5%
1984
12,410
1,982
19.0%
1985
15,009
2,599
20.9%
1986
18,631
3,622
24.1%
1987
22,154
3,523
18.9%
1988
25,643
3,489
15.7%
1989
31,251
5,608
21.9%
1990
41,347
10,096
32.3%
1991
45,066
3,719
9.0%
1992
48,561
3,495
7.8%
1993
52,405
3,844
7.9%
1994
53,787
1,382
2.6%
1995
53,847
60
0.1%
1996
52,921
-926
-1.7%
1997
51,047
-1,874
-3.5%
1998
51,298
251
0.5%
1999
55,755
4,457
8.7%
2000
64,011
8,256
14.8%
2001
78,812
14,801
23.1%
2002
95,550
16,738
21.2%
2003
109,508
13,958
14.6%
2004
117,302
7,794
7.1%
2005
121,812
4,510
3.8%
2006
117,927
-3,885
-3.2%
2007
118,498
571
0.5%
2008
123,829
5,331
4.5%
2009
132,720
8,891
7.2%
2010
141,774
9,054
6.8%
2011
138,075
-3699
-2.6%
2012
137,756
-319
-0.2%
(As of each May 1)