January, 2019
Japan Student Services Organization(JASSO)

Overview of international students acceptance

298,980 international students in Japan as of May 1, 2018,
12.0% up from last year.

Number of international students by institutional type
Persons Increase/decrease
Graduate school 50,184
(3,811 : 8.2% up)
University (undergraduate) 84,857
(7,311 : 9.4% up)
Junior college 2,439 (524 : 27.4% up)
College of technology 510 (-49 : 8.8% down)
Professional training college 67,475
(8,704 : 14.8% up)
University preparatory course 3,436
(216 : 6.7% up)
Japanese language institutes 90,079
(11,421 : 14.5% up)
Five major countries / regions of origin
Persons Increase/decrease
China 114,950
(7,690 : 7.2% up)
Vietnam 72,354
(10,683 : 17.3% up)
Nepal 24,331
(2,831 : 13.2% up)
Republic of Korea 17,012
(1,272 : 8.1% up)
Taiwan 9,524
(577 : 6.4% 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 279,250 93.4%
(249,242) (93.3)
Europe 10,115 3.4%
(8,669) (3.2)
North America 3,415 1.1%
(3,182) (1.2)
Africa 2,380 0.8%
(2,230) (0.8)
Latin America 1,546 0.5%
(1,426) (0.5)
Middle East 1,457 0.5%
(1,533) (0.6)
Oceania 809 0.3%
(756) (0.3)
Others 8 0.0%
(4) (0.0)
Total 298,980 100.0%
(267,042) (100.0)
(   )indicates figures as of May 1, 2017

4. Number of International Students by Nationality

(Unit: person)
Country/region Number of students % of total
China 114,950 (107,260) 38.4 (40.2)
VietNam 72,354 (61,671) 24.2 (23.1)
Nepal 24,331 (21,500) 8.1 (8.1)
Republic Of Korea 17,012 (15,740) 5.7 (5.9)
Taiwan 9,524 (8,947) 3.2 (3.4)
Sri Lanka 8,329 (6,607) 2.8 (2.5)
Indonesia 6,277 (5,495) 2.1 (2.1)
Myanmar 5,928 (4,816) 2.0 (1.8)
Thailand 3,962 (3,985) 1.3 (1.5)
Bangladesh 3,640 (2,748) 1.2 (1.0)
Mongolia 3,124 (2,517) 1.0 (0.9)
Malaysia 3,094 (2,945) 1.0 (1.1)
United States 2,932 (2,786) 1.0 (1.0)
Philippines 2,389 (1,806) 0.8 (0.7)
Uzbekistan 2,132 (1,047) 0.7 (0.4)
India 1,607 (1,236) 0.5 (0.5)
France 1,493 (1,346) 0.5 (0.5)
Germany 924 (888) 0.3 (0.3)
Cambodia 913 (846) 0.3 (0.3)
Russian Federation 771 (701) 0.3 (0.3)
Italy 715 (654) 0.2 (0.2)
Bhutan 714 (97) 0.2 (0.0)
United Kingdom 703 (640) 0.2 (0.2)
Canada 483 (396) 0.2 (0.1)
Brazil 466 (425) 0.2 (0.2)
Australia 460 (470) 0.2 (0.2)
Sweden 425 (525) 0.1 (0.2)
Singapore 408 (397) 0.1 (0.1)
Pakistan 397 (339) 0.1 (0.1)
Spain 386 (400) 0.1 (0.1)
Other countries 8,137 (7,812) 2.7 (2.9)
Total 298,980 (267,042) 100.0 (100.0)
(   )indicates figures as of May 1, 2017

5. Number of International Students by Gender

(Unit: person)
Gender Number of students % of total
Male 167,269 (149,920) 55.9% (56.1)
Female 131,711 (117,122) 44.1% (43.9)
Total 298,980 (267,042) 100.0% (100.0)
(   )indicates figures as of May 1, 2017

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 31,715 63.2% 2,043 4.1% 16,426 32.7% 50,184 100.0%
(29,174) (62.9) (1,909) (4.1) (15,290) (33.0) (46,373) (100.0)
University
(undergraduate)
12,554 14.8% 1,855 2.2% 70,448 83.0% 84,857 100.0%
(11,770) (15.2) (1,836) (2.4) (63,940) (82.5) (77,546) (100.0)
Junior college 0 0.0% 19 0.8% 2,420 99.2% 2,439 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (16) (0.8) (1,899) (99.2) (1,915) (100.0)
College of technology 467 91.6% 0 0.0% 43 8.4% 510 100.0%
(510) (91.2) (0) (0.0) (49) (8.8) (559) (100.0)
Professional training college 0 0.0% 19 0.03% 67,456 99.97% 67,475 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (18) (0.03) (58,753) (99.97) (58,771) (100.0)
University preparatory course 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 3,436 100.0% 3,436 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (0) (0.0) (3,220) (100.0) (3,220) (100.0)
Japanese language institutes 0 0.0% 58 0.06% 90,021 99.94% 90,079 100.0%
(0) (0.0) (54) 0.07 78,604 (99.93) (78,658) (100.0)
Total 44,736 15.0% 3,994 1.3% 250,250 83.7% 298,980 100.0%
(41,454) (15.5) (3,833) (1.4) (221,755) (83.0) (267,042) (100.0)
(   )indicates figures as of May 1, 2017

7. Number of International Students by Major Field

(Unit: person)
Major field Number of students % of total
Humanities 140,200 (124,305) 46.9% (46.5)
Social science 74,037 (67,664) 24.8% (25.3)
Science 3,981 (3,452) 1.3% (1.3)
Engineering 35,463 (30,804) 11.9% (11.5)
Agriculture 3,984 (3,739) 1.3% (1.4)
Health care 5,027 (4,356) 1.7% (1.6)
Home economics 5,083 (4,787) 1.7% (1.8)
Education 3,541 (3,221) 1.2% (1.2)
Arts 10,219 (8,432) 3.4% (3.2)
Others 17,445 (16,282) 5.8% (6.1)
Total 298,980 (267,042) 100.0% (100.0)
(   ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2017

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

(Unit: person)
Region Number of students % of total Prefecture Number of students
Hokkaido     Hokkaido 3,923 (3,454)
   
3,923 1.3%
(3,454) (1.3%)
   
   
Tohoku     Aomori 382 (330)
    Iwate 360 (315)
6,375 2.1% Miyagi 4,137 (3,975)
(6,041) (2.3%) Akita 427 (431)
    Yamagata 293 (265)
    Fukushima 776 (725)
Kanto     Ibaraki 6,097 (5,547)
    Tochigi 3,236 (3,019)
167,688 56.1% Gunma 7,882 (6,087)
(149,815) (56.1%) Saitama 12,097 (10,340)
    Chiba 13,084 (11,550)
    Tokyo 114,833 (103,456)
    Kanagawa 10,459 (9,816)
Chubu     Niigata 2,296 (2,266)
    Toyama 697 (658)
    Ishikawa 1,942 (1,919)
23,891 8.0% Fukui 478 (412)
(21,884) (8.2%) Yamanashi 1,039 (1,042)
    Nagano 1,652 (1,518)
    Gifu 1,937 (1,952)
    Shizuoka 3,230 (2,780)
    Aichi 10,620 (9,337)
Kinki     Mie 1,458 (1,208)
    Shiga 489 (433)
52,926 17.7% Kyoto 13,230 (11,219)
(45,526) (17.0%) Osaka 24,751 (21,683)
    Hyogo 11,146 (9,398)
    Nara 1,413 (1,216)
    Wakayama 439 (369)
Chugoku     Tottori 287 (207)
11,326 3.8% Shimane 308 (269)
(10,108) (3.8%) Okayama 3,331 (3,070)
    Hiroshima 4,656 (4,089)
    Yamaguchi 2,744 (2,473)
Shikoku     Tokushima 441 (375)
1,826 0.6% Kagawa 547 (476)
(1,601) (0.6%) Ehime 631 (538)
    Kochi 207 (212)
Kyushu     Fukuoka 19,296 (17,519)
    Saga 778 (646)
    Nagasaki 2,062 (1,914)
31,025 10.4% Kumamoto 1,159 (1,114)
(28,613) (10.7%) Oita 3,831 (3,630)
    Miyazaki 552 (500)
    Kagoshima 1,180 (1,075)
    Okinawa 2,167 (2,215)
Total        
298,980 100.0%
(267,042) (100.0%)
       
(   ) indicates figures as of May 1, 2017

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 1,2018)

○Total number of international students 298,980 students (Increase of 31,938 students)

○Students in public housing  68,990 students (Increase of 7,107 students)
Type Number of students
Public housing       68,990
  International student housing set up by schools     55,832
    National : 89 schools 13,787
    Local public : 36 schools 899
    Private : 768 schools 41,146
  International student housing set up by public corporations, etc. 6,016
    Student housing set up by JASSO 747
    Student housing set up by local government 1,064
    Student housing set up by public corporations 1,552
    Public housing   1,488
    Private company housing 1,165
  General student housing set up by schools 7,142
    National : 92 schools 2,490
    Local public : 11 schools 231
    Private : 262 schools 4,421
Private housing 229,990
Total 298,980

Number of international students by housing(As of May 1,2018)

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