December, 2017
Japan Student Services Organization(JASSO)

Overview of international students acceptance

267,042 international students in Japan as of May 1, 2017,
11.6% up from last year.

Number of international students by institutional type
Persons Increase/decrease
Graduate school 46,373
(2,895 : 6.7% up)
University (undergraduate) 77,546
(5,317 : 7.4% up)
Junior college 1,915 (385 : 25.2% up)
College of technology 559 (-5 : 0.9% down)
Professional training college 58,771
(8,536 : 17.0% up)
University preparatory course 3,220
(134 : 4.3% up)
Japanese language institutes 78,658
(10,493 : 15.4% up)
Five major countries / regions of origin
Persons Increase/decrease
China 107,260
(8,777 : 8.9% up)
Vietnam 61,671
(7,864 : 14.6% up)
Nepal 21,500
(2,029 : 10.4% up)
Republic of Korea 15,740
(283 : 1.8% up)
Taiwan 8,947
(617 : 7.4% 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 249,242 93.3%
(222,627) (93.0)
Europe 8,669 3.2%
(7,986) (3.3)
North America 3,182 1.2%
(3,009) (1.3)
Africa 2,230 0.8%
(1,932) (0.8)
Middle East 1,533 0.6%
(1,674) (0.7)
Latin America 1,426 0.5%
(1,390) (0.6)
Oceania 756 0.3%
(663) (0.3)
Others 4 0.0%
(6) (0.0)
Total 267,042 100.0%
(239,287) (100.0)
(   )indicates figures as of May 1, 2016

4. Number of International Students by Nationality

(Unit: person)
Country/region Number of students % of total
China 107,260 (98,483) 40.2% (41.2)
Viet Nam 61,671 (53,807) 23.1% (22.5)
Nepal 21,500 (19,471) 8.1% (8.1)
Republic of Korea 15,740 (15,457) 5.9% (6.5)
Taiwan 8,947 (8,330) 3.4% (3.5)
Sri LanKa 6,607 (3,976) 2.5% (1.7)
Indonesia 5,495 (4,630) 2.1% (1.9)
Myanmar 4,816 (3,851) 1.8% (1.6)
Thailand 3,985 (3,842) 1.5% (1.6)
Malaysia 2,945 (2,734) 1.1% (1.1)
United States 2,786 (2,648) 1.0% (1.1)
Bangladesh 2,748 (1,979) 1.0% (0.8)
Mongolia 2,517 (2,184) 0.9% (0.9)
Philippines 1,806 (1,332) 0.7% (0.6)
France 1,346 (1,299) 0.5% (0.5)
India 1,236 (1,015) 0.5% (0.4)
Uzbekistan 1,047 (641) 0.4% (0.3)
Germany 888 (874) 0.3% (0.4)
Cambodia 846 (629) 0.3% (0.3)
Russian Federation 701 (684) 0.3% (0.3)
Italy 654 (593) 0.2% (0.2)
United Kingdom 640 (560) 0.2% (0.2)
Sweden 525 (534) 0.2% (0.2)
Austalia 470 (429) 0.2% (0.2)
Brazil 425 (481) 0.2% (0.2)
Saudi Arabia 411 (533) 0.2% (0.2)
Spain 400 (377) 0.1% (0.2)
Singapore 397 (353) 0.1% (0.1)
Canada 396 (361) 0.1% (0.2)
Egypt 356 (342) 0.1% (0.1)
Others countries 7,481 (6,858) 2.8% (2.9)
Total 267,042 (239,287) 100.0% (100.0)
(   )indicates figures as of May 1, 2016

5. Number of International Students by Gender

(Unit: person)
Gender Number of students % of total
Male 149,920 (134,991) 56.1% (56.4)
Female 117,122 (104,296) 43.9% (43.6)
Total 267,042 (239,287) 100.0% (100.0)
(   )indicates figures as of May 1, 2016

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 29,174 62.9% 1,909 4.1% 15,290 33.0% 46,373 100.0%
(27,153) (62.5) (1,928) (4.4) (14,397) (33.1) (43,478) (100.0)
University
(undergraduate)
11,770 15.2% 1,836 2.4% 63,940 82.5% 77,546 100.0%
(11,481) (15.9) (1,670) (2.3) (59,078) (81.8) (72,229) (100.0)
Junior college 0 0.0% 16 0.8% 1,899 99.2% 1,915 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (15) (1.0) (1,515) (99.0) (1,530) (100.0)
College of technology 510 91.2% 0 0.0% 49 8.8% 559 100.0%
(519) (92.0) (0) (0.0) (45) (8.0) (564) (100.0)
Professional training college 0 0.0% 18 0.03% 58,753 99.97% 58,771 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (12) (0.02) (50,223) (99.98) (50,235) (100.0)
University preparatory course 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 3,220 100.0% 3,220 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (0) (0.0) (3,086) (100.0) (3,086) (100.0)
Japanese language institutes 0 0.0% 54 0.07% 78,604 99.93% 78,658 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (27) (0.04) (68,138) (99.96) (68,165) (100.0)
Total 41,454 15.5% 3,833 1.4% 221,755 83.0% 267,042 100.0%
(39,153) (16.4) (3,652) (1.5) (196,482) (82.1) (239,287) (100.0)
(   )indicates figures as of May 1, 2016

7. Number of International Students by Major Field

(Unit: person)
Major field Number of students % of total
Humanities 124,305 (111,206) 46.5% (46.5)
Social science 67,664 (60,947) 25.3% (25.5)
Science 3,452 (2,927) 1.3% (1.2)
Engineering 30,804 (27,793) 11.5% (11.6)
Agriculture 3,739 (3,572) 1.4% (1.5)
Health care 4,356 (3,825) 1.6% (1.6)
Home economics 4,787 (3,910) 1.8% (1.6)
Education 3,221 (3,145) 1.2% (1.3)
Arts 8,432 (7,032) 3.2% (2.9)
Others 16,282 (14,930) 6.1% (6.2)
Total 267,042 (239,287) 100.0% (100.0)
(   ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2016

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

(Unit: person)
Region Number of students % of total Prefecture Number of students
Hokkaido 3,454
(3,241)
1.3%
(1.4%)
Hokkaido 3,454 (3,241)
Tohoku 6,041
(5,892)
2.3%
(2.5%)
Aomori 330 (312)
Iwate 315 (316)
Miyagi 3,975 (3,875)
Akita 431 (456)
Yamagata 265 (261)
Fukushima 725 (672)
Kanto 149,815
(132,927)
56.1%
(55.6%)
Ibaraki 5,547 (5,823)
Tochigi 3,019 (2,635)
Gunma 6,087 (4,289)
Saitama 10,340 (8,754)
Chiba 11,150 (10,144)
Tokyo 103,456 (92,534)
Kanagawa 9,816 (8,748)
Chubu 21,884
(19,844)
8.2%
(8.3%)
Niigata 2,266 (2,063)
Toyama 658 (623)
Ishikawa 1,919 (1,756)
Fukui 412 (342)
Yamanashi 1,042 (970)
Nagano 1,518 (1,392)
Gifu 1,952 (1,725)
Shizuoka 2,780 (2,332)
Aichi 9,337 (8,641)
Kinki 45,526
(40,395)
17.0%
(16.9%)
Mie 1,208 (1,019)
Shiga 433 (412)
Kyoto 11,219 (10,553)
Osaka 21,683 (18,411)
Hyogo 9,398 (8,485)
Nara 1,216 (1,157)
Wakayama 369 (358)
Chugoku 10,108
(9,083)
3.8%
(3.8%)
Tottori 207 (191)
Shimane 269 (243)
Okayama 3,070 (2,929)
Hiroshima 4,089 (3,515)
Yamaguchi 2,473 (2,205)
Shikoku 1,601
(1,613)
0.6%
(0.7%)
Tokushima 375 (328)
Kagawa 476 (518)
Ehime 538 (544)
Kochi 212 (223)
Kyushu 28,613
(26,292)
10.7%
(11.0%)
Fukuoka 17,519 (15,755)
Saga 646 (546)
Nagasaki 1,914 (1,765)
Kumamoto 1,114 (986)
Oita 3,630 (3,635)
Miyazaki 500 (422)
Kagoshima 1,075 (1,005)
Okinawa 2,215 (2,178)
Total 267,042
(239,287)
100.0%
(100.0%)
(   ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2016

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 1,2017)

○Total number of international students 267,042 students (Increase of 27,755 students)

○Students in public housing  61,883 students (Increase of 3,051 students)
Type Number of students
Public housing       61,883
  International student housing set up by schools     48,377
    National : 89 schools 12,653
    Local public : 27 schools 907
    Private : 700 schools 34,817
  International student housing set up by public corporations, etc. 5,976
    Student housing set up by JASSO 967
    Student housing set up by local government 933
    Student housing set up by public corporations 1,553
    Public housing   1,528
    Private company housing 995
  General student housing set up by schools 7,530
    National : 93 schools 2,814
    Local public : 11 schools 241
    Private : 260 schools 4,475
Private housing 205,159
Total 267,042

Number of international students by housing(As of May 1,2016)

References


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