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The Current Situation of Accepting International Students in Higher Education Institutions (As of May 1, 2016)

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Number of international students by

1.Number of International Students by Region of Origin

(Unit: person)
Region Number of students % of total Short-term students
Number of students % of total
Asia 156,556 91.5% 10,675 63.6%
(138,930) (91.4) (9,110) (61.6)
Europe 6,466 3.8% 3,453 20.6%
(5,804) (3.8) (3,111) (21.0)
North America 2,742 1.6% 1,802 10.7%
(2,521) (1.7) (1,679) (11.3)
Africa 1,857 1.1% 113 0.7%
(1,447) (1.0) (125) (0.8)
Middle East 1,587 0.9% 101 0.6%
(1,520) (1.0) (98) (0.7)
Latin America 1,293 0.8% 342 2.0%
(1,257) (0.8) (376) (2.5)
Oceania 618 0.4% 302 1.8%
(581) (0.4) (293) (2.0)
Others 3 0.0% 0 0.0%
(2) (0.0) (1) (0.0)
Total 171,122 100.0% 16,788 100.0%
(152,062) (100.0) (14,793) (100.0)
(   ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2015

2.Number of International Students by Nationality

(1)Number of International Students by Nationality

(Unit: person)
Country/region Number of students % of total
China 75,262 (74,921) 44.0% (49.3)
Vietnam 28,579 (20,131) 16.7% (13.2)
Republic of Korea 13,571 (13,397) 7.9% (8.8)
Nepal 13,456 (8,691) 7.9% (5.7)
Taiwan 6,401 (5,610) 3.7% (3.7)
Indonesia 3,670 (2,995) 2.1% (2.0)
Thailand 3,185 (2,904) 1.9% (1.9)
Malaysia 2,581 (2,460) 1.5% (1.6)
U.S.A 2,428 (2,223) 1.4% (1.5)
Myanmar 2,079 (1,652) 1.2% (1.1)
Sri Lanka 1,905 (1,200) 1.1% (0.8)
Mongolia 1,495 (1,350) 0.9% (0.9)
Bangladesh 1,402 (1,015) 0.8% (0.7)
France 1,132 (964) 0.7% (0.6)
India 880 (773) 0.5% (0.5)
Germany 836 (804) 0.5% (0.5)
Philippines 779 (647) 0.5% (0.4)
Saudi Arabia 510 (551) 0.3% (0.4)
Russia 505 (451) 0.3% (0.3)
United Kingdom 477 (426) 0.3% (0.3)
Cambodia 467 (426) 0.3% (0.3)
Brazil 463 (481) 0.3% (0.3)
Australia 387 (365) 0.2% (0.2)
Italy 383 (320) 0.2% (0.2)
Uzbekistan 383 (335) 0.2% (0.2)
Afghanistan 339 (307) 0.2% (0.2)
Egypt 332 (280) 0.2% (0.2)
Singapore 330 (282) 0.2% (0.2)
Canada 314 (298) 0.2% (0.2)
Sweden 307 (280) 0.2% (0.2)
Others 6,284 (5,523) 3.7% (3.6)
Total 171,122 (152,062) 100.0% (100.0)
(   ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2015

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

(Unit: person)
Country/region Number of students % of total
China 5,570 (4,810) 33.2% (32.5)
U.S.A 1,641 (1,532) 9.8% (10.4)
Republic of Korea 1,572 (1,347) 9.4% (9.1)
Taiwan 1,312 (1,130) 7.8% (7.6)
France 754 (625) 4.5% (4.2)
Germany 631 (618) 3.8% (4.2)
Thailand 473 (441) 2.8% (3.0)
Vietnam 467 (360) 2.8% (2.4)
Indonesia 370 (295) 2.2% (2.0)
United Kingdam 314 (288) 1.9% (1.9)
Australia 262 (258) 1.6% (1.7)
Italy 220 (177) 1.3% (1.2)
Brazil 189 (223) 1.1% (1.5)
Russia 178 (144) 1.1% (1.0)
Nepal 168 (155) 1.0% (1.0)
Canada 161 (147) 1.0% (1.0)
Spain 142 (114) 0.8% (0.8)
Finland 141 (113) 0.8% (0.8)
Sweden 135 (131) 0.8% (0.9)
Netherlands 127 (113) 0.8% (0.8)
Malaysia 123 (89) 0.7% (0.6)
Philippines 103 (108) 0.6% (0.7)
Poland 101 (105) 0.6% (0.7)
Singapore 99 (79) 0.6% (0.5)
Myanmar 93 (63) 0.6% (0.4)
Mexico 90 (84) 0.5% (0.6)
Mongolia 77 (57) 0.5% (0.4)
India 69 (51) 0.4% (0.3)
Austria 64 (48) 0.4% (0.3)
Turkey 59 (50) 0.4% (0.3)
Norway 59 (65) 0.4% (0.4)
Belgium 59 (51) 0.4% (0.3)
Others 965 (922) 5.7% (6.2)
Total 16,788 (14,793) 100.0% (100.0)
(   ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2015

3.Number of International Students by Gender

(Unit: person)
Gender Number of students % of total
Male 94,624 (82,599) 55.3% (54.3)
Female 76,498 (69,463) 44.7% (45.7)
Total 171,122 (152,062) 100.0% (100.0)
(   ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2015

4.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)
  included intensive courses 1 0.02% 0 0.0% 5,330 99.98% 5,331 100.0%
(1) (0.02) (0) (0.0) (4,242) (99.98) (4,243) (100.0)
included advanced courses 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 106 100.0% 106 100.0%
(12) (46.2) (13) (50.0) (1) (3.8) (26) (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)
  included intensive courses 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 217 100.0% 217 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (0) (0.0) (271) (100.0) (271) (100.0)
included advanced courses 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 16 100.0% 16 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (0) (0.0) (16) (100.0) (16) (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)
  included advanced courses 11 100.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 11 100.0%
(8) (100.0) (0) (0.0) (0) (0.0) (8) (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)
Total 39,153 22.9% 3,625 2.1% 128,344 75.0% 171,122 100.0%
(37,016) (24.3) (3,568) (2.3) (111,478) (73.3) (152,062) (100.0)
(   ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2015

5.Number of International Students by Major Field

(Unit: person)
Major field Number of students % of total
Humanities 43,041 (37,777) 25.2% (24.8)
Social science 60,947 (55,075) 35.6% (36.2)
Science 2,927 (2,693) 1.7% (1.8)
Engineering 27,793 (24,665) 16.2% (16.2)
Agriculture 3,572 (3,387) 2.1% (2.2)
Health care 3,825 (3,368) 2.2% (2.2)
Home economics 3,910 (3,378) 2.3% (2.2)
Education 3,145 (3,150) 1.8% (2.1)
Arts 7,032 (5,575) 4.1% (3.7)
Others 14,930 (12,994) 8.7% (8.5)
Total 171,122 (152,062) 100.0% (100.0)
(   ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2015

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

(Unit: person)
Region Number of students % of total Prefecture Number of students
Hokkaido 2,897
(2,725)
1.7%
(1.8)
Hokkaido 2,897 (2,725)
Tohoku 4,692
(3,980)
2.7%
(2.6)
Aomori 312 (311)
Iwate 316 (323)
Miyagi 2,816 (2,273)
Akita 456 (460)
Yamagata 261 (239)
Fukushima 531 (374)
Kanto 86,663
(75,948)
50.6%
(49.9)
Ibaraki 5,343 (4,426)
Tochigi 1,830 (1,575)
Gunma 4,101 (2,338)
Saitama 6,476 (5,822)
Chiba 6,775 (5,475)
Tokyo 55,441 (50,557)
Kanagawa 6,697 (5,755)
Chubu 15,986
(14,797)
9.3%
(9.7)
Niigata 2,063 (1,768)
Toyama 542 (527)
Ishikawa 1,756 (1,537)
Fukui 342 (295)
Yamanashi 698 (690)
Nagano 1,102 (1,004)
Gifu 1,352 (1,278)
Shizuoka 1,393 (1,307)
Aichi 6,738 (6,391)
Kinki 30,518
(27,593)
17.8%
(18.1)
Mie 865 (840)
Shiga 412 (423)
Kyoto 8,368 (7,667)
Osaka 13,365 (11,916)
Hyogo 6,070 (5,332)
Nara 1,080 (1,078)
Wakayama 358 (337)
Chugoku 8,155
(7,139)
4.8%
(4.7)
Tottori 191 (188)
Shimane 243 (228)
Okayama 2,442 (2,102)
Hiroshima 3,074 (2,789)
Yamaguchi 2,205 (1,832)
Shikoku 1,599
(1,578)
0.9%
(1.0)
Tokushima 328 (293)
Kagawa 518 (442)
Ehime 530 (628)
Kochi 223 (215)
Kyushu 20,612
(18,302)
12.0%
(12.0)
Fukuoka 11,717 (9,948)
Saga 245 (229)
Nagasaki 1,712 (1,648)
Kumamoto 986 (986)
Oita 3,561 (3,420)
Miyazaki 387 (257)
Kagoshima 890 (877)
Okinawa 1,114 (937)
Total 171,122
(152,062)
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.

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


A. International student housing set up by schools (28,719 students)
National universities
91 schools
11,514 students
Local public universities
33 schools
870 students
Private universities
358 schools
16,335 students

B. International student housing set up by public corporations, etc. (5,142 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 1,314 students
Public housing 1,320 students
Private company housing 690 students

C. General student housing set up by schools (5,364 students)
National universities
90 schools
2,789 students
Local public universities
13 schools
224 students
Private universities
226 schools
2,351 students
Number of International Students by Housing