Japanese students increasingly prefer Canada and Philippines

Japanese students increasingly prefer Canada and Philippines

Canada and Philippines have registered a sharp growth in the number of Japanese students enrolling to study abroad in the countries’ institutions, finds a study by agents.

The Japan Association of Overseas Studies (JAOS) surveyed 42 member agencies in 2019 to determine the number of Japanese students studying abroad.

Results indicate that there has been an overall increase in the number of students studying abroad from 78,110 students in 2017 to 80,565 students in 2018.

The ICEF report attributes this increase to the demand of Japanese employers for increased English Language proficiency amongst its employees and to the increasing popularity of lifelong learning.

The USA, Australia, and Canada take the lead for the top three educational destinations for Japanese students with a share of 22%, 20%, and 17% respectively in the outbound market.

The number of students going to the U.S also decreased from 17,980 in 2017 to 17,640 students in 2018 and this can be attributed to the strict immigration policy of U.S. Australia has also seen a decline in the number of Japanese students.

Canada and Philippines attractive to Japanese students

The ICEF reported last year that Asia is also an alluring option for Japanese students, especially the Philippines which has seen a 22% increase in Japanese students from 2017 to 2018.

In fact, it has taken over the U.K as the number 4 popular spot and in the coming years may even surpass Australia and Canada.

Canada increased its market share from 2017 to 2018 by a percentage point to 17%, with agents sending 13,725 students to this destination in 2018, an increase of 1,150 students, or 9% year-over-year.

Many Japanese students have also shown a preference for Malta and Ireland as these countries offer programmes in the English Language and thus have increased their market share by 30%.

According to JAOS, students have also shown an interest in Singapore and Malaysia.

The JAOS notes highlight the changing preference of students from America to other countries by stating: “The decrease in the number of Japanese students going to America is not an accurate reflection of overall study abroad market in Japan these days.

“On the contrary, the overall number of outbound students is actually increasing in spite of decreasing 18-year-old population in Japan, a sign of encouragement in the young generation. Simply put, more students are going abroad and choosing locations other than America.”

Short-term study abroad appeals to Japanese students

The demand for increased English Language proficiency by Japanese employers is a key factor that has contributed to an efflux of Japanese students to various countries in 2018.

Member agencies for the JAOS survey also indicated that more than 50% of the students they sent abroad opted for the less than three months of language studies programme.

The remaining students opted mostly for either secondary schools or language studies for more than three months.

But Japan isn’t the only one sending students abroad, in fact Japan is also welcoming many students from abroad for educational purposes. Its international enrollment rate has been increasing for the last six years and increased by 12% from 2017 to 2018.

Japan has also become an attractive work destination for foreign graduates. Last year, a total of 25,942 students switched their residence status in order to land a job in Japan. This is a vast increase from just 3,523 the previous year.

Pic: Jase Bloor

Zahra Hamdani - Reporter, Global Education Times (GET News)

Zahra Hamdani is an Ireland-based reporter for Global Education Times who focuses on European and South Asian education news. When she is not writing for GET News, Zahra is a school-teacher and educationist with experience in both Primary and Secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland as well as in Pakistan.

You can reach Zahra at zahra@globaleducationtimes.org

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