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Result of an Annual survey of International Students in Japan 2016

March, 2017
Japan Student Services Organization(JASSO)

Overview of international students acceptance

239,287 international students in Japan as of May 1, 2016,
14.8% up from last year.

Number of international students by institutional type
Persons Increase/decrease
Graduate school 43,478
(2,082 : 5.0% up)
University (undergraduate) 72,229
(4,757 : 7.1% up)
Junior college 1,530 (116 : 8.2% up)
College of technology 564 (45 : 8.7% up)
Professional training college 50,235
(11,581 : 30.0% up)
University preparatory course 3,086
(479 : 18.4% up)
Japanese language institutes 68,165
(11,848 : 21.0% up)
Five major countries / regions of origin
Persons Increase/decrease
China 98,483
(4,372 : 4.6% up)
Vietnam 53,807
(14,925 : 38.4% up)
Nepal 19,471
(3,221 : 19.8% up)
Republic of Korea 15,457
(178 : 1.2% up)
Taiwan 8,330
(1,016 : 13.9% up)

Note 1:“International student” on this survey, 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.

Note 2: "Short-term international student" on this survey 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 Japanese 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(As of each May 1)

2. 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)

*Note: "University preparatory course" is a course that has been designated by MEXT for students from countries where the number of years required for the completion of secondary education is less than 12 years. Upon completion of this course, students are permitted to enter a Japanese university.

3. Number of International Students by Region of Origin

(Unit: person)
Region Number of students % of total
Asia 222,627 93.0%
(193,172) (92.7)
Europe 7,986 3.3%
(7,268) (3.5)
North America 3,009 1.3%
(2,778) (1.3)
Africa 1,932 0.8%
(1,530) (0.7)
Middle East 1,674 0.7%
(1,632) (0.8)
Latin America 1,390 0.6%
(1,369) (0.7)
Oceania 663 0.3%
(626) (0.3)
Others 6 0.0%
(4) (0.0)
Total 239,287 100.0%
(208,379) (100.0)
(   )indicates figures as of May 1, 2015

4. Number of International Students by Nationality

(Unit: person)
Country/region Number of students % of total
China 98,483 (94,111) 41.2% (45.2)
Vietnam 53,807 (38,882) 22.5% (18.7)
Nepal 19,471 (16,250) 8.1% (7.8)
Republic of Korea 15,457 (15,279) 6.5% (7.3)
Taiwan 8,330 (7,314) 3.5% (3.5)
Indonesia 4,630 (3,600) 1.9% (1.7)
Sri Lanka 3,976 (2,312) 1.7% (1.1)
Myanmar 3,851 (2,755) 1.6% (1.3)
Thailand 3,842 (3,526) 1.6% (1.7)
Malaysia 2,734 (2,594) 1.1% (1.2)
U.S.A 2,648 (2,423) 1.1% (1.2)
Mongolia 2,184 (1,843) 0.9% (0.9)
Bangladesh 1,979 (1,459) 0.8% (0.7)
Philippines 1,332 (1,028) 0.6% (0.5)
France 1,299 (1,122) 0.5% (0.5)
India 1,015 (879) 0.4% (0.4)
Germany 874 (860) 0.4% (0.4)
Russia 684 (692) 0.3% (0.3)
Uzbekistan 641 (471) 0.3% (0.2)
Cambodia 629 (509) 0.3% (0.2)
Italy 593 (530) 0.2% (0.3)
United Kingdom 560 (494) 0.2% (0.2)
Sweden 534 (568) 0.2% (0.3)
Saudi Arabia 533 (587) 0.2% (0.3)
Brazil 481 (510) 0.2% (0.2)
Australia 429 (408) 0.2% (0.2)
Spain 377 (339) 0.2% (0.2)
Canada 361 (355) 0.2% (0.2)
Singapore 353 (315) 0.1% (0.2)
Egypt 342 (284) 0.1% (0.1)
Others 6,858 (6,080) 2.9% (2.9)
Total 239,287 (208,379) 100.0% (100.0)
(   )indicates figures as of May 1, 2015

5. Number of International Students by Gender

(Unit: person)
Gender Number of students % of total
Male 134,991 (116,360) 56.4% (55.8)
Female 104,296 (92,019) 43.6% (44.2)
Total 239,287 (208,379) 100.0% (100.0)
(   )indicates figures as of May 1, 2015

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 27,153 62.5% 1,928 4.4% 14,397 33.1% 43,478 100.0%
(25,532) (61.7) (1,812) (4.4) (14,052) (33.9) (41,396) (100.0)
University
(undergraduate)
11,481 15.9% 1,670 2.3% 59,078 81.8% 72,229 100.0%
(11,024) (16.3) (1,737) (2.6) (54,711) (81.1) (67,472) (100.0)
Junior college 0 0.0% 15 1.0% 1,515 99.0% 1,530 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (13) (0.9) (1,401) (99.1) (1,414) (100.0)
College of technology 519 92.0% 0 0.0% 45 8.0% 564 100.0%
(460) (88.6) (0) (0.0) (59) (11.4) (519) (100.0)
Professional training college 0 0.0% 12 0.02% 50,223 99.98% 50,235 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (6) 0.02% (38,648) (99.98) (38,654) (100.0)
University preparatory course 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 3,086 100.0% 3,086 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (0) (0.0) (2,607) (100.0) (2,607) (100.0)
Japanese language institutes 0 0.0% 27 0.04% 68,138 100.0% 68,165 100.0%
(0) 0.0% (0) 0.0% 56,317 (100.0) (56,317) (100.0)
Total 39,153 16.4% 3,652 1.5% 196,482 82.1% 239,287 100.0%
(37,016) (17.8) (3,568) (1.7) (167,795) (80.5) (208,379) (100.0)
(   )indicates figures as of May 1, 2015

7. Number of International Students by Major Field

(Unit: person)
Major field Number of students % of total
Humanities 111,206 (94,094) 46.5% (45.2)
Social science 60,947 (55,075) 25.5% (26.4)
Science 2,927 (2,693) 1.2% (1.3)
Engineering 27,793 (24,665) 11.6% (11.8)
Agriculture 3,572 (3,387) 1.5% (1.6)
Health care 3,825 (3,368) 1.6% (1.6)
Home economics 3,910 (3,378) 1.6% (1.6)
Education 3,145 (3,150) 1.3% (1.5)
Arts 7,032 (5,575) 2.9% (2.7)
Others 14,930 (12,994) 6.2% (6.2)
Total 239,287 (208,379) 100.0% (100.0)
(   ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2015

8. Number of International Students by Region and Prefecture of Japan

(Unit: person)
Region Number of students % of total Prefecture Number of students
Hokkaido 3,241
(2,974)
1.4%
(1.4%)
Hokkaido 3,241 (2,974)
Tohoku 5,892
(5,050)
2.5%
(2.4%)
Aomori 312 (311)
Iwate 316 (323)
Miyagi 3,875 (3,212)
Akita 456 (460)
Yamagata 261 (239)
Fukushima 672 (505)
Kanto 132,927
(114,778)
55.6%
(55.1%)
Ibaraki 5,823 (4,835)
Tochigi 2,635 (2,062)
Gunma 4,289 (2,767)
Saitama 8,754 (7,368)
Chiba 10,144 (8,275)
Tokyo 92,534 (81,543)
Kanagawa 8,748 (7,928)
Chubu 19,844
(17,947)
8.3%
(8.6%)
Niigata 2,063 (1,768)
Toyama 623 (558)
Ishikawa 1,756 (1,537)
Fukui 342 (295)
Yamanashi 970 (903)
Nagano 1,392 (1,227)
Gifu 1,725 (1,579)
Shizuoka 2,332 (2,062)
Aichi 8,641 (8,018)
Kinki 40,395
(34,491)
16.9%
(16.6%)
Mie 1,019 (1,009)
Shiga 412 (423)
Kyoto 10,553 (9,299)
Osaka 18,411 (15,280)
Hyogo 8,485 (7,007)
Nara 1,157 (1,136)
Wakayama 358 (337)
Chugoku 9,083
(7,881)
3.8%
(3.8%)
Tottori 191 (188)
Shimane 243 (228)
Okayama 2,929 (2,504)
Hiroshima 3,515 (3,129)
Yamaguchi 2,205 (1,832)
Shikoku 1,613
(1,578)
0.7%
(0.8%)
Tokushima 328 (293)
Kagawa 518 (442)
Ehime 544 (628)
Kochi 223 (215)
Kyushu 26,292
(23,680)
11.0%
(11.4%)
Fukuoka 15,755 (13,666)
Saga 546 (442)
Nagasaki 1,765 (1,680)
Kumamoto 986 (986)
Oita 3,635 (3,537)
Miyazaki 422 (300)
Kagoshima 1,005 (979)
Okinawa 2,178 (2,090)
Total 239,287
(208,379)
100.0%
(100.0%)
(   ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2015

Note: International students attending universities whose campuses lie in two or more prefectures are included in the figure for the prefecture where the main office of the university is located.

9. Number of International Students by Housing (As of May 1,2016)


A. International student housing set up by schools (46,382 students)
National universities
91 schools
11,514 students
Local public universities
33 schools
870 students
Private universities
643 schools
33,998 students

B. International student housing set up by public corporations, etc. (5,702 students)
Student housing set up by JASSO 926 students
Student housing set up by local government 892 students
Student housing set up by public corporations 1,491 students
Public housing 1,479 students
Private company housing 914 students

C. General student housing set up by schools (6,748 students)
National universities
90 schools
2,789 students
Local public universities
14 schools
251 students
Private universities
256 schools
3,708 students
Number of international students by housing(As of May 1,2016)

References

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