Most International Students in Japan Living in Private AccommodationSociety
A 2017 survey of international students conducted by the Japan Student Services Organization found that 23.2% are living in university housing, such as dormitories for international students or for students in general, or international dormitories owned by foundations and similar bodies. The remaining 76.8% are privately lodging in homes or apartments.
The 20 universities in Japan with the most enrolled international students are divided equally between private and public institutions. The top public university in terms of foreign student numbers is the University of Tokyo—which had 3,618 international students as of May 1, 2017—followed by Tsukuba University and Osaka University. Among private institutions, Waseda University ranked first, with 5,072 international students, in a selection dominated by universities in the Tokyo area.
Japanese Universities with the Most Foreign Students Enrolled (as of May 1, 2017)
|University||Number of students|
|2||Tokyo University of Social Welfare||Private||3,733|
|3||The University of Tokyo||Public||3,618|
|4||Japan University of Economics||Private||2,983|
|5||Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University||Private||2,804|
|17||Jōsai International University||Private||1,438|
|18||Tokyo Institute of Technology||Public||1,432|
Source: JASSO 2017 annual survey of international students in Japan.(Translated from Japanese. Banner photo: International students listening to corporate presentations at a March 2018 job-hunting seminar for international students in Tokyo. © Jiji.)