December, 2017
Japan Student Services Organization(JASSO)

【1.Result of an Annual Survey of International Students in Japan 2017】
This survey is to track on current status of international students as of May 1 each year.

The number of international students as May 1, 2017 is 267,042 persons.
Increase by 27,755 persons (11.6%) compared with the result of last year.

Classification:
Higher education institutions: 188,384 persons (increase by 17,262 persons(10.1%))
Japanese language institutes: 78,658 persons (increase by 10,493 persons(15.4%))

【2.The Annual Status Survey on the Acceptance of International Students during Fiscal Year 2016】
This survey is keep track on the acceptance of international students at universities, etc. in Japan during the fiscal year in question.

The number of international students during the fiscal year 2016 is 299,742 persons.
Increase by 34,488 persons (13.0%) compared with the result of last year.

【3.The Status Survey of Students Enrolled Short-term Educational Programs for Fiscal Year 2016】
This survey is track on the number of students enrolled in courses of higher educational institutions in fiscal year 2016 under the short-term educational programs with less than 6 months and granted other than “College Student” visa.
*Students who holds College Student visa are counted on either survey 1 or survey2, which means not counted on this survey.

The number of students in fiscal year 2016 is 16,813 persons.
Increase by 1,798 persons (12.0%) compared with the result of last year.


*“International student” on 1 and 2, 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.

*Since the status of residence of “College student” and “Pre-college student” are unified by the “Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act” (promulgated on July 15, 2009 ), international students belonging to Japanese language institutes have been also surveyed since 2011.
Still, before 2013, base number of international students was the number of students other than Japanese Language institutes and the number of Japanese language institutes as well as their sum were released as reference data.
However, as we confirmed by the last 4 surveys that the number of students belonging to Japanese language institutes can smoothly tracked, we start to add them to announce the base number of international students since 2014 survey.

<References (Trends of International Students)>

【1.By Result of an Annual Survey of International Students in Japan 2017】
○ 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)

○Top 10 number of International Students by Nationality(as of each May 1)
Number of students Comparison with last year
Country/region 2017 2016 Number % of total
China 107,260 98,483 8,777 8.9
Vietnam 61,671 53,807 7,864 14.6
Nepal 21,500 19,471 2,029 10.4
Republic of Korea 15,740 15,457 283 1.8
Taiwan 8,947 8,330 617 7.4
Sri Lanka 6,607 3,976 2,631 66.2
Indonesia 5,495 4,630 865 18.7
Myanmar 4,816 3,851 965 25.1
Thailand 3,985 3,842 143 3.7
Malaysia 2,945 2,734 211 7.7
Others 28,076 24,706 3,370 13.6
Total 267,042 239,287 27,755 11.6
Details
International Students in Higher Education Institutions International Students in Japanese language institutes
Country/region Number of students Country/region Number of students
2017 2016 2017 2016
China 79,502 75,262 China 27,758 23,221
Vietnam 35,489 28,579 Vietnam 26,182 25,228
Nepal 14,850 13,456 Nepal 6,650 6,015
Republic of Korea 13,538 13,571 Sri Lanka 3,587 2,071
Taiwan 6,994 6,401 Republic of Korea 2,202 1,886
Indonesia 4,235 3,670 Myanmar 2,130 1,772
Thailand 3,266 3,185 Taiwan 1,953 1,929
Sri Lanka 3,020 1,905 Indonesia 1,260 960
Malaysia 2,750 2,581 Philippines 892 553
Myanmar 2,686 2,079 Bangladesh 829 577
Others 22,054 20,433 Others 5,215 3,953
Total 188,384 171,122 Total 78,658 68,165

【2.By The Annual Status Survey on the Acceptance of International Students during Fiscal Year 2016】

○Top 10 number of International Students by Nationality
Number of students Comparison with last year
Country/region 2016 2015 Number % of total
China 122,929 115,302 7,627 6.6
Vietnam 61,994 49,708 12,286 24.7
Nepal 22,595 19,644 2,951 15.0
Republic of Korea 18,276 17,568 708 4.0
Taiwan 11,489 9,971 1,518 15.2
Indonesia 6,443 5,359 1,084 20.2
Sri Lanka 5,727 3,326 2,401 72.2
Thailand 5,186 4,865 321 6.6
U.S.A. 4,612 4,290 322 7.5
Myanmar 4,576 3,587 989 27.6
Others 35,915 31,634 4,281 13.5
Total 299,742 265,254 34,488 13.0
Details
International Students in Higher Education Institutions International Students in Japanese language institutes
Country/region Number of students Country/region Number of students
2016 2015 2016 2015
China 87,532 85,288 China 35,397 30,014
Vietnam 30,971 23,272 Vietnam 31,023 26,436
Nepal 14,432 9,835 Nepal 8,163 9,809
Republic of Korea 14,957 14,612 Republic of Korea 3,319 2,956
Taiwan 8,442 7,330 Taiwan 3,047 2,641
Indonesia 4,883 4,282 Indonesia 1,560 1,077
Sri Lanka 2,368 1,480 Sri Lanka 3,359 1,846
Thailand 4,245 4,027 Thailand 941 838
U.S.A. 4,202 3,962 U.S.A. 410 328
Myanmar 2,371 1,996 Myanmar 2,205 1,591
Others 28,730 26,054 Others 7,185 5,580
Total 203,133 182,138 Total 96,609 83,116

【3. By The Status Survey of Students Enrolled Short-term Educational Programs for Fiscal Year 2016

Top 10 n umber of International Students by Nationality
Number of students Comparison with last year
Country/region 2016 2015 Number % of total
China 3,777 2,799 978 34.9
Republic of Korea 2,211 2,113 98 4.6
U.S.A. 1,778 1,711 67 3.9
Taiwan 1,627 1,581 46 2.9
Thailand 1,568 1,410 158 11.2
Indonesia 745 737 8 1.1
Malaysia 537 468 69 14.7
Vietnam 463 436 27 6.2
Australia 443 451 -8 -1.8
Singapore 341 209 132 63.2
Others 3,323 3,100 223 7.2
Total 16,813 15,015 1,798 12.0
○Number of International Students by Nationality (FY 2016)
Country/region Less than two weeks 2weeks-
1month
1-3months 3-6months Number of students
China 2,071 1,181 454 71 3,777
Republic of Korea 1,178 767 206 60 2,211
U.S.A. 463 692 567 56 1,778
Taiwan 845 617 122 43 1,627
Thailand 741 385 412 30 1,568
Indonesia 363 248 102 32 745
Malaysia 300 126 98 13 537
Vietnam 329 64 70 0 463
Australia 151 238 53 1 443
Singapore 148 146 46 1 341
Others 1,352 1,015 808 148 3,323
Total 7,941 5,479 2,938 455 16,813

<Summary of surveys>

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