​Inbound Mobility - Past Years

Archived Data

Higher Education Sector Inbound Mobility | Outbound Mobility 


2011

Total international student enrollment: 138,075 (as of May 1, 2011)

Do these counts of international students reflect both public and private institutions? Yes

Top 10 places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment

Rank Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 China 87,533 63.4%
2 South Korea 17,640 12.8%
3 Taiwan 4,571 3.3%
4 Vietnam 4,033 2.9%
5 Malaysia 2,417 1.8%
6 Thailand 2,396 1.7%
7 Indonesia 2,162 1.6%
8 Nepal 2,016 1.5%
9 United States 1,456 1.1%
10 Bangladesh 1,322 1.0%
All Others 12,529 8.9%
Source: Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

2010

Total international student enrollment: 141,774 (as of May 1, 2010)

Do these counts of international students reflect both public and private institutions? Yes

Top 10 places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment

Rank Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 China 86,173 60.8%
2 South Korea 20,202 14.2%
3 Taiwan 5,297 3.7%
4 Vietnam 3,597 2.5%
5 Malaysia 2,465 1.7%
6 Thailand 2,429 1.7%
7 United States 2,348 1.7%
8 Indonesia 2,190 1.5
9 Nepal 1,829 1.3
10 Bangladesh 1,540 1.1%
All Others 13,704 9.8%

Top Fields of Study

Field of Study Number of Students
Business and Management 40,885
Humanities 33,657
Engineering 14,486
Social Science 13,783
Other/Unspecified Subject Areas 12,108
Mathematics and Computer Science 8,417
Fine and Applied Arts 4,604
Physical and Life Science 4,417
Education 3,397
Agriculture 3,100
Health Professions 2,920

Top fields of study by top 10 places of origin (30 KB, XLS)

Source: Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

2009

Total international student enrollment: 132,720 (as of May 1, 2009)

Do these counts of international students reflect both public and private institutions? Yes

60% of institutions surveyed include international students.

Top 10 places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment

Rank Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 China 79,082 59.6%
2 South Korea 19,605 14.8%
3 Taiwan 5,332 4.0%
4 Vietnam 3,199 2.4%
5 Malaysia 2,395 1.8%
6 Thailand 2,360 1.8%
7 United States 2,230 1.7%
8 Indonesia 1,996 1.5%
9 Bangladesh 1,683 1.3%
10 Nepal 1,682 1.2%
All Others 13,156 9.9%
Source: Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

2008

Total international student enrollment: 123,829

Top 10 places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment

Rank Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 China 72,766 58.8%
2 South Korea 18,862 15.2%
3 Taiwan 5,082 4.1%
4 Vietnam 2,873 2.3%
5 Malaysia 2,271 1.8%
6 Thailand 2,203 1.8%
7 United States 2,024 1.6%
8 Indonesia 1,791 1.4%
9 Bangladesh 1,686 1.4%
10 Nepal 1,476 1.2%
All Others 12,795 10.4%
Source: Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

2007

Total international student enrollment: 118,498

Top 10 places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment

Rank Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 China 71,277 60.2%
2 South Korea 17,274 14.6%
3 Taiwan 4,686 4.0%
4 Vietnam 2,582 2.2%
5 Malaysia 2,146 1.8%
6 Thailand 2,090 1.8%
7 United States 1,805 1.5%
8 Indonesia 1,596 1.3%
9 Bangladesh 1,508 1.3%
10 Nepal 1,309 1.1%
All Others 12,225 10.3%
Source: Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

2006

Total international student enrollment: 117,927

Top 10 places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment

Rank Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 China 74,292 63.0%
2 South Korea 15,974 13.5%
3 Taiwan 4,211 3.6%
4 Malaysia 2,156 1.8%
5 Vietnam 2,119 1.8%
6 United States 1,790 1.5%
7 Thailand 1,734 1.5%
8 Indonesia 1,553 1.3%
9 Bangladesh 1,456 1.2%
10 Sri Lanka 1,143 1.0%
All Others 11,499 9.8%
Source: Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

2005

Total international student enrollment: 121,812

Top 10 places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment

Rank Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 China 80,592 66.2%
2 South Korea 15,606 12.8%
3 Taiwan 4,134 3.4%
4 Malaysia 2,114 1.7%
5 Vietnam 1,745 1.4%
6 Thailand 1,734 1.4%
7 United States 1,646 1.4%
8 Indonesia 1,488 1.2%
9 Bangladesh 1,331 1.1%
10 Mongolia 924 0.8%
All Others 10,498 8.6%
Source: Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

2004

Total international student enrollment: 117,302

Top 10 places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment

Rank Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 China 77,713 66.3%
2 South Korea 15,533 13.2%
3 Taiwan 4,096 3.5%
4 Malaysia 2,010 1.7%
5 Thailand 1,665 1.4%
6 Vietnam 1,570 1.3%
7 United States 1,456 1.2%
8 Indonesia 1,451 1.2%
9 Bangladesh 1,126 1.0%
10 Mongolia 806 0.7%
All Others 9,876 8.5%
Source: Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)