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December 22 , 2010

International Students in Japan 2010  Japanese

141,774 international students in Japan as of May 1, 2010, 6.8% up from last year.

 

Number of international students by institutional type
Graduate school
39,097
(10.4% up)
University (undergraduate)/Junior college/
College of technology
72,665
(8.3% up)
Professional training college
27,872
(0.2% down)
University preparatory course
2,140
(6.7% down)

 

 

5 major countries/regions of origin
China
86,173
(9.0% up)
Republic of Korea
20,202
(3.0% up)
Taiwan
5,297
(0.7% down)
Vietnam
3,597
(12.4% up)
Malaysia
2,465
(2.9% 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)

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.

 

Print VersionTrends in Number of International Students by Institutional Type (Print Version: PDF 91KB)

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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 130,955
(122,464)
92.4%
(92.3)
7,350
(7,223)
62.2%
(62.6)
Europe 4,390
(4,033)
3.1%
(3.0)
2,071
(1,928)
17.5%
(16.7)
North America 2,706
(2,575)
1.9%
(1.9)
1,902
(1,863)
16.1%
(16.1)
Africa 1,203
(1,159)
0.8%
(0.9)
69
(63)
0.6%
(0.5)
Central and South America 1,035
(1,050)
0.7%
(0.8)
159
(144)
1.3%
(1.2)
Middle and Near East 981
(923)
0.7
(0.7)
36
(63)
0.3%
(0.5)
Oceania 504
(516)
0.4%
(0.4)
237
(262)
2.0%
(2.3)
Total 141,774
(132,720)
100.0%
(100.0)
11,824
(11,546)
100.0%
(100.0)

(  ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2009

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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
86,173 (79,082) 60.8% (59.6)
Philippines
524 (528) 0.4% (0.4)
Republic of  Korea
20,202 (19,605) 14.2% (14.8)
United Kingdom
452 (427) 0.3% (0.3)
Taiwan
5,297 (5,332) 3.7% (4.0)
Canada
358 (345) 0.3% (0.3)
Vietnam
3,597 (3,199) 2.5% (2.4)
Russia
358 (304) 0.3% (0.2)
Malaysia
2,465 (2,395) 1.7% (1.8) Cambodia 333 (300) 0.2% (0.2)
Thailand
2,429 (2,360) 1.7% (1.8)
Brazil
324 (336) 0.2% (0.3)
U.S.A.
2,348 (2,230) 1.7% (1.7)
Australia
318 (331) 0.2% (0.2)
Indonesia
2,190 (1,996) 1.5% (1.5)
Egypt
300 (329) 0.2% (0.2)
Nepal
1,829 (1,628) 1.3% (1.2)
Saudi Arabia
300 (253) 0.2% (0.2)
Bangladesh
1,540 (1,683) 1.1% (1.3) Laos 275 (285) 0.2% (0.2)
Mongolia
1,282 (1,215) 0.9% (0.9)
Iran
235 (218) 0.2% (0.2)
Myanmar
1,093 (1,012) 0.8% (0.8)
Sweden
212 (182) 0.1% (0.1)
Sri Lanka
777 (934) 0.5% (0.7)
Uzbekistan
208 (223) 0.1% (0.2)
France
705 (624) 0.5% (0.5)
Singapore
199 (166) 0.1% (0.1)
Germany
554 (450) 0.4% (0.3)
Others
4,351 (4,205) 3.1% (3.2)
India
546 (543) 0.4% (0.4)
Total
141,774 (132,720) 100.0% (100.0)

(  ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2009

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     (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
3,605 (3,577) 30.5% (31.0)
Italy
77 (76) 0.7% (0.7)
Republic of  Korea
2,012 (1,952) 17.0% (16.9)
Netherlands
74 (94) 0.6% (0.8)
U.S.A.
1,743 (1,683) 14.7% (14.6)
Singapore
70 (49) 0.6% (0.4)
Taiwan
715 (729) 6.0% (6.3)
Philippines
60 (52) 0.5% (0.5)
France
448 (412) 3.8% (3.6)
Mexico
57 (44) 0.5% (0.4)
Germany
401 (313) 3.4% (2.7)
Poland
54 (49) 0.5% (0.4)
United Kingdom
295 (256) 2.5% (2.2)
Brazil
52 (43) 0.4% (0.4)
Thailand
280 (295) 2.4% (2.6)
Malaysia
47 (42) 0.4% (0.4)
Australia
206 (219) 1.7% (1.9)
Norway
45 (52) 0.4% (0.5)
Indonesia
187 (154) 1.6% (1.3)
Spain
42 (60) 0.4% (0.5)
Canada
159 (180) 1.3% (1.6) Switzerland 36 (38) 0.3% (0.3)
Vietnam
133 (129) 1.1% (1.1)
Austria
33 (44) 0.3% (0.4)
Sweden
110 (121) 0.9% (1.0)
Myanmar
32 (33) 0.3% (0.3)
Russia
94 (71) 0.8% (0.6)
New Zealand
30 (36) 0.3% (0.3)
Finland
88 (76) 0.7% (0.7)
Others
554 (574) 4.7% (5.0)
Mongolia
85 (93) 0.7% (0.8)
Total
11,824 (11,546) 100.0% (100.0)

(  ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2009

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5. Number of International Students by Sex

(Unit: person)

Sex Number of students % of total
Male 71,736
(67,723)
50.6%
(51.0)
Female 70,038
(64,997)
49.4%
(49.0)
Total 141,774
(132,720)
100.0%
(100.0)

(  ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2009

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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 24,355 62.3% 1,614 4.1% 13,128 33.6% 39,097 100.0%
(21,884) (61.8) (1,493) (4.2) (12,028) (34.0) (35,405) (100.0)
University (undergraduate) 10,362 14.8% 1,476 2.1% 58,183 83.1% 70,021 100.0%
(9,907) (15.4) (1,313) (2.0) (53,107) (82.6) (64,327) (100.0)
Junior college 0 0.0% 8 0.4% 2,085 99.6% 2,093 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (5) (0.2) (2,219) (99.8) (2,224) (100.0)
College of technology 466 84.6% 2 0.4% 83 15.1% 551 100.0%
(472) (84.7) (0) (0.0) (85) (15.3) (557) (100.0)
Professional training college 0 0.0% 10 0.04% 27,862 99.96% 27,872 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (8) (0.03) (27,906) (99.97) (27,914) (100.0)
University preparatory course 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 2,140 100.0% 2,140 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (0) (0.0) (2,293) (100.0) (2,293) (100.0)
Total 35,183 24.8% 3,110 2.2% 103,481 73.0% 141,774 100.0%
(32,263) (24.3) (2,819) (2.1) (97,638) (73.6) (132,720) (100.0)

(  ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2009

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7. Number of International Students by Major Field

(Unit: person)

Major field Number of students % of total
Humanities 33,657 (32,954) 23.7% (24.8)
Social science 54,668 (50,620) 38.6% (38.1)
Science 2,006 (1,694) 1.4% (1.3)
Engineering 22,567 (20,713) 15.9% (15.6)
Agriculture 3,100 (2,934) 2.2% (2.2)
Health care 2,920 (2,877) 2.1% (2.2)
Home economics 2,747 (2,898) 1.9% (2.2)
Education 3,397 (3,045) 2.4% (2.3)
Arts 4,604 (4,130) 3.2% (3.1)
Others 12,108 (10,855) 8.5% (8.2)
Total 141,774 (132,720) 100.0% (100.0)

(  ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2009

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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
2,537
(2,173)
1.8%
(1.6)
Hokkaido
2,537
(2,173)
Kinki
24,598
(23,085)
17.4%
(17.4)
Mie 1,004 (885)
Shiga 477 (432)
Kyoto 5,896 (5,377)
Osaka 10,791 (10,576)
Hyogo 4,637 (4,240)
Nara 1,486 (1,304)
Tohoku
4,221
(4,040)
3.0%
(3.0)
Aomori 600 (730) Wakayama 307 (271)
Iwate 421 (450) Chugoku
6,980
(6,472)
4.9%
(4.9)
Tottori 202 (188)
Miyagi 2,140 (1,945) Shimane 218 (231)
Akita 351 (297) Okayama 2,628 (2,535)
Yamagata 242 (222) Hiroshima 2,538 (2,301)
Fukushima 467 (396) Yamaguchi 1,394 (1,217)
Kanto
68,095
(65,008)
48.0%
(49.0)
Ibaraki 2,714 (2,519) Shikoku
1,457
(1,392)
1.0%
(1.0)
Tokushima 355 (334)
Tochigi 1,085 (1,126) Kagawa 411 (366)
Gunma 1,756 (1,464) Ehime 520 (531)
Saitama 6,153 (5,951) Kochi 171 (161)
Chiba 6,054 (5,790) Kyushu
18,057
(15,674)
12.7%
(11.8)
Fukuoka 9,665 (7,578)
Tokyo 45,617 (43,775) Saga 404 (406)
Kanagawa 4,716 (4,383) Nagasaki 1,653 (1,655)
Chubu
15,829
(14,876)
11.2%
(11.2)
Niigata 1,597 (1,394) Kumamoto 756 (793)
Toyama 606 (599) Oita 4,198 (4,147)
Ishikawa 1,804 (1,576) Miyazaki 168 (148)
Fukui 339 (340) Kagoshima 644 (413)
Yamanashi 888 (785) Okinawa 569 (534)
Nagano 674 (618) Total 141,774
(132,720)
100.0%
(100.0)
Gifu 1,439 (1,450)
Shizuoka 1,709 (1,643)
Aichi 6,773 (6,471)

(  ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2009

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9. Number of International Students by Housing (as of May 1, 2010)

A. International student housing set up by schools  (19,958 students)
National universities
95schools
7,399 students
Local public universities
25 schools
395 students
Private universities
371 schools
12,164 students

 

B. International student housing set up by public corporations, etc.  (6,738 students)
JASSO-sponsored housing 2,227 students
Public corporation-sponsored housing 893 students
Local government-sponsored housing 1,046 students
Public housing 1,963 students
Private company housing 609 students

 

C. General student housing set up by schools  (6,195 students)
National universities
97 schools
3,110 students
Local public universities
15 schools
218 students
Private universities
225 schools
2,867 students

 

 

International Students Housing

 

 

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