International-student numbers begin recovery in Japan one year after disaster

April 9, 2012

The number of foreign students at Japanese PSE institutions is rebounding following last year's disaster, but enrolment declines in preparatory and nondegree programs point to future problems. With Japan's academic year beginning this month, most of the country's big universities report less of a drop in international students than expected, despite concerns that many would stay away due to radiation fears. The Japan Student Services Organization reports that the disaster halted several years of growth in foreign study in the country, with overall numbers of international students down by 2.6% last year. The number of nondegree foreign students fell by nearly a quarter in 2011, with the US, South Korea, and some European nations sending about half as many students to Japan as in 2010. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)