January, 2019
Japan Student Services Organization(JASSO)

【1.Result of an Annual Survey of International Students in Japan 2018】
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, 2018 is 298,980 persons.
Increase by 31,938 persons (12.0%) compared with the result of last year.

Classification:
Higher education institutions: 208,901 persons (increase by 20,517 persons(10.9%))
Japanese language institutes: 90,079 persons (increase by 11,421 persons(14.5%))

【2.The Annual Status Survey on the Acceptance of International Students during Fiscal Year 2017】
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 2017 is 336,320 persons.
Increase by 36,578 persons (12.2%) compared with the result of last year.


【3.The Status Survey of Students Enrolled Short-term Educational Programs for Fiscal Year 2017】
This survey is track on the number of students enrolled in courses of higher educational institutions in fiscal year 2017 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 2017 is 19,445 persons.
Increase by 2,632 persons (15.7%) compared with the result of last year.


*“International student” on 1, 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 2018】
○ 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 2018 2017 Number % of total
China 114,950 107,260 7,690 7.2
Vietnam 72,354 61,671 10,683 17.3
Nepal 24,331 21,500 2,831 13.2
Republic of Korea 17,012 15,740 1,272 8.1
Taiwan 9,524 8,947 577 6.4
Sri Lanka 8,329 6,607 1,722 26.1
Indonesia 6,277 5,495 782 14.2
Myanmar 5,928 4,816 1,112 23.1
Thailand 3,962 3,985 -23 -0.6
Bangladesh 3,640 2,748 892 32.5
Others 32,673 28,273 4,400 15.6
Total 298,980 267,042 31,938 12.0
Details
International Students in Higher Education Institutions International Students in Japanese language institutes
Country/region Number of students Country/region Number of students
2018 2017 2018 2017
China 86,439 79,502 Vietnam 30,271 26,182
Vietnam 42,083 35,489 China 28,511 27,758
Nepal 15,329 14,850 Nepal 9,002 6,650
Republic of Korea 14,557 13,538 Sri Lanka 3,900 3,587
Taiwan 7,423 6,994 Myanmar 2,543 2,130
Indonesia 4,719 4,235 Republic of Korea 2,455 2,202
Sri Lanka 4,429 3,020 Taiwan 2,101 1,953
Myanmar 3,385 2,686 Indonesia 1,558 1,260
Thailand 3,241 3,266 Uzbekistan 1,427 606
Malaysia 2,897 2,750 Philippines 1,205 892
Others 24,399 22,054 Others 7,106 5,438
Total 208,901 188,384 Total 90,079 78,658

【2.By The Annual Status Survey on the Acceptance of International Students during Fiscal Year 2017】

○Top 10 number of International Students by Nationality
Number of students Comparison with last year
Country/region 2017 2016 Number % of total
China 132,413 122,929 9,484 7.7
Vietnam 72,800 61,994 10,806 17.4
Nepal 26,160 22,595 3,565 15.8
Republic of Korea 19,065 18,276 789 4.3
Taiwan 12,182 11,489 693 6.0
Sri Lanka 8,305 5,727 2,578 45.0
Indonesia 7,555 6,443 1,112 17.3
Myanmar 5,866 4,576 1,290 28.2
Thailand 5,419 5,186 233 4.5
U.S.A. 5,002 4,612 390 8.5
Others 41,553 35,915 5,638 15.7
Total 336,320 299,742 36,578 12.2
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 92,692 87,532 China 39,721 35,397
Vietnam 39,303 30,971 Vietnam 33,497 31,023
Nepal 15,802 14,432 Nepal 10,358 8,163
Republic of Korea 15,415 14,957 Republic of Korea 3,650 3,319
Taiwan 9,067 8,442 Taiwan 3,115 3,047
Sri Lanka 3,486 2,368 Sri Lanka 4,819 3,359
Indonesia 5,622 4,883 Indonesia 1,933 1,560
Myanmar 3,067 2,371 Myanmar 2,799 2,205
Thailand 4,405 4,245 Thailand 1,014 941
U.S.A. 4,489 4,202 U.S.A. 513 410
Others 31,611 28,730 Others 9,942 7,185
Total 224,959 203,133 Total 111,361 96,609

【3. By The Status Survey of Students Enrolled Short-term Educational Programs for Fiscal Year 2017

Top 10 number of International Students by Nationality
Number of students Comparison with last year
Country/region 2017 2016 Number % of total
China 4,421 3,777 644 17.1
Republic of Korea 2,721 2,211 510 23.1
U.S.A. 1,771 1,778 -7 -0.4
Taiwan 1,753 1,627 126 7.7
Thailand 1,613 1,568 45 2.9
Indonesia 796 745 51 6.8
Malaysia 621 537 84 15.6
Vietnam 599 463 136 29.4
Australia 497 443 54 12.2
India 397 273 124 45.4
Others 4,256 3,391 865 25.5
Total 19,445 16,813 2,632 15.7
○Number of International Students by Nationality (FY 2017)
Country/region Less than two weeks 2weeks-
1month
1-3months 3-6months Number of students
China 2,612 1,153 553 103 4,421
Republic of Korea 1,436 947 256 82 2,721
U.S.A. 411 694 606 60 1,771
Taiwan 912 698 132 11 1,753
Thailand 775 348 460 30 1,613
Indonesia 434 231 96 35 796
Malaysia 334 159 108 20 621
Vietnam 406 97 84 12 599
Australia 238 193 66 0 497
India 198 79 101 19 397
Others 1,942 1,215 913 186 4,256
Total 9,698 5,814 3,375 558 19,445

<Summary of surveys>

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