Slide1: Japan – Country Study &
Japanese Students who Wish to Study in the U.S. Chizuru Sasada
Educational Advising Service (EAS)
Japan-United States Educational Commission
http://www.fulbright.jp Japan – as a nation: Japan – as a nation Located in the Far East looking from
Total: 127.1 million (Aug.2001)
12 million in Tokyo
377,873 square kilometers
68% mountains .
the same size as Montana and
slightly smaller than California. Source: Web Japan & Japanese Consulate General, San Francisco Traditional Japan: Traditional Japan Source: Web Japan & Japanese Consulate General, San Francisco Contemporary Japan : “Cool Japan”
“KAWAII” Contemporary Japan Japanese Economy & Society – Recent Years: Japanese Economy & Society – Recent Years
Economy is recovering.
Nominal GDP in 2006 :2%
Better job market for new college graduates due to
massive retirement of baby-boomers in 2007.
Decrease of population under 18 years old.
(Birth rate: 1.29 /2004)
Harder competition among Japanese universities for student market worldwide.
Japanese Economy –Major Economic Index: Japanese Economy – Major Economic Index Source: Web Japan ,Economy, http://web-japan.org/stat/stats/05ECN11.html Economy is recovering.
Nominal GDP in 2006 :2% Japanese Economy –Stock Prices : Japanese Economy – Stock Prices Source: Web Japan ,Economy, Stock Prices, http://web-japan.org/stat/stats/05ECN43.html Economy is recovering.
Nominal GDP in 2006 :2% Number of Upper Secondary School Students – (F.Y.1985-2005) : Number of Upper Secondary School Students – (F.Y.1985-2005) Source: Web Japan ,Education, Number of Upper Secondary School Students, http://web-japan.org/stat/stats/16EDU54.html
Ministry of Education The number of students under 18 years old is decreasing. Japanese Students Going Overseas: Japanese Students Going Overseas Study Aborad –Destination of Japanese students: Study Aborad – Destination of Japanese students Source : Outline of the Student Exchange System in Japan 2005, MEXT Study Abroad –Number of Japanese Students (1983-2000) : Study Abroad – Number of Japanese Students (1983-2000) Source: Web Japan ,Education, Japanese Students Overseas, http://web-japan.org/stat/stats/16EDU62.html
Minitry of Justice Note: The number of individuals who are studying abroad for educational or training purposes or to learn technical skills. . Slide12: Opendoors, IIE 2004/2005 International Student Enrollment in the U.S. –By Region Slide13: Leading Countries of Foreign Students Opendoors, IIE 2004/2005 Slide14: Japanese Students in the U.S 1954 - 2004 (Open Doors, IIE 2004/2005) Slide15: Who are the Japanese students currently studying in the United States? Japanese students in the U.S. – 42,215 (2004/05)
3.4% increase from the previous year
IEP - 24% - the top country of origin
Popular Fields of study: Business, SS, Engineering, Art
Popular States: CA, MA, NY, WA, HI
Open Doors, IIE, 2004/2005
Country Locator Report, IIE Slide16: Popular Regions for Japanese Students California
Hawaii Country Locator Report, IIE 2004/2005 Slide17: Enrollment of 10 Leading Nationalities by Inst. Type (Open Doors, IIE 2003/2004) Slide18: Purpose of Study in the U.S. EAS Motivation Survey, 2004/2005 Slide19: Increase of those applying to US UG programs as freshmen - To seek better education worldwide.
- Perception that the quality of education in the U.S. is higher.
- Strong support from parents. Strong willingness to acquire English proficiency.
Increase of CC applicants, and conditional admission
- Open admission, low tuition, transfer system, active recruiting by CCs.
Large interest in US graduate programs, but small increase in actual numbers - Tend to apply to “Big-Name Schools”. - Low acceptance rate and discrepancy.
Decrease in ESL students - Difficulties of obtaining a visa - Less effort to go to other English speaking countries
- Strong marketing tactics by other English speaking countries
Second Bachelor’s Degree students What are the current trends and characteristics of today’s Japanese prospective students? Possible Factors which affect Japanese students wishing to study in the U.S. : Possible Factors which affect Japanese students wishing to study in the U.S. Cumbersome visa procedures
Tuition increase at U.S. Colleges and less opportunities for financial aid for Japanese students.
Proactive recruiting of other English speaking countries
Inconvenience of taking TOEFL- new iBT
Expanded educational opportunities within Japan
Perceptions of studying in the U.S.
Growing interest in other regions such as Asia Experience Japan - Professional Development Program for U.S. Educators: Experience Japan - Professional Development Program for U.S. Educators Slide22: American IEA Program
(American International Education Administrators Program)
Administered by Fulbright Commission in Japan For American International education administrators
3 weeks – Short term group program
To become familiar with the society and the culture of Japan
Briefings, campus visits, appointments with government
officials, cultural activities, etc. Application:
Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)
http://www.cies.org Educational Advising Service (EAS) of the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission(JUSEC): Educational Advising Service (EAS) of the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission (JUSEC) Established in 1964 (JUSEC in 1952)
The only ECA affiliated OSEAS center in Japan, supported by the both governments of Japan and the U.S.
About 570,000 inquiries/year
Provides information & advice on studying in the U.S. free of charge
Operates U.S. University Fairs and Visitors Seminar for U.S. institutions