Japan's Students Overseas

Number of students from Japan studying abroad: 65,373 (April 2012 - March 2013)

Top 10 destinations and total number of students from Japan studying abroad:

Rank Place of Destination Number of Students Percent of Total
1 U.S.A 15,422 23.6%
2 Canada 6,333 9.7%
3 China 5,796 8.9%
4 Australia 5,768 8.8%
5 U.K. 5,641 8.6%
6 Republic of Korea 5,542 8.5%
7 Germany 2,495 3.8%
8 France 2,290 3.5%
9 Thailand 1,909 2.9%
10 New Zealand 1,750 2.7%
  All Others 12,427 19.0%

Total number of Japanese students studying internationally for all destinations abroad by field of study:

Rank Field of Study Number of Students Percent of Total
1 Humanities 40,189 61.5%
2 Other/Unspecified Subject Areas 9,340 14.3%
3 Social Sciences 5,765 8.8%
5 Health Professions 3,208 4.9%
6 Engineering 3,142 4.8%
7 Agriculture 1,368 2.1%
8 Physical and Life Sciences 1,121 1.7%
9 Education 913 1.4%
10 Fine and Applied Arts 327 0.5%

Total number of students from Japan studying aboard: 53,991

Rank Place of Destination Number of Students Percent of Total
1 U.S. 12,280 22.7%
2 China 5,896 10.9%
3 Canada 5,317 9.8%
4 UK 4,893 9.1%
5 South Korea 4,785 8.9%
6 Australia 4,656 8.6%
7 Germany 1,982 3.7%
8 France 1,965 3.6%
9 New Zealand 1,515 2.8%
10 Taiwan 1,297 2.4%
  All Others 9,405 17.4%

Number of students from Japan studying abroad: 42,320

Rank Place of Destination Number of Students Percent of Total
1 U.S. 10,133 23.9%
2 Canada 4,840 11.4%
3 Australia 4,228 10.0%
4 UK 4,084 9.7%
5 China 3,970 9.4%
6 South Korea 3,153 7.5%
7 Germany 1,670 3.9%
8 France 1,569 3.7%
9 New Zealand 1,469 3.5%
10 Taiwan 977 2.3%
All Others 6,227 14.7%

Number of students from Japan studying abroad:
40,487

Top 5 destinations and total number of students from Japan studying abroad

Destination Number of Students
1 United States 24,622
2 United Kingdom 3,354
3 Australia 2,413
4 Canada 1,815 (2009)
5 Germany 1,784



Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics. (2012). Global Education Digest 2012. Montreal, Quebec: UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

Number of students from Japan studying abroad:
44,768

Top 5 destinations and total number of students from Japan studying abroad

Destination Number of Students
1 United States 28,783
2 United Kingdom 3,871
3 Australia 2,701
4 France 1,847
5 Germany 1,778



Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics. (2011). Global Education Digest 2011. Montreal, Quebec: UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

Number of students from Japan studying abroad:
50,380

Top 5 destinations and total number of students from Japan studying abroad

Destination Number of Students
1 United States 34,010
2 United Kingdom 4,465
3 Australia 2,974
4 France 1,908
5 Germany 1,858



Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics. (2010). Global Education Digest 2010. Montreal, Quebec: UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

Number of students from Japan studying abroad:
54,506

Top 10 destinations and number of students from Japan studying abroad

Destination Number of Students
1 United States 36,062
2 United Kingdom 5,706
3 Australia 3,249
4 France 2,071
5 Germany 2,039
6 South Korea 1,235
7 New Zealand 958
8 Canada 933 (2006)
9 Italy 316
10 Austria 284



Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics. (2009). Global Education Digest 2009. Montreal, Quebec: UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

Number of students from Japan studying abroad:
60,225

Top 10 destinations and number of students from Japan studying abroad

Destination Number of Students
1 United States 40,086
2 United Kingdom 6,200
3 Australia 3,976 (2005)
4 France 2,112
5 Germany 2,000
6 Canada 1,551 (2005)
7 South Korea 1,212
8 New Zealand 916 (2005)
9 Italy 327
10 Austria 281



Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics. (2008). Global Education Digest 2008. Montreal, Quebec: UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

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