University of Tokyo

Survey Number 1175
Survey Title Lifestyle Survey of Privately-Financed International Students, 2015
Depositor Japan Student Services Organization
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Summary In capturing the state of the typical lifestyle of privately-funded international students studying in Japan and elucidating aspects such as their financial state of affairs, the purpose of this study is to act as basic material to be utilized for the improvement of support operations carried out by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) for such students.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe The survey targets privately-funded international students enrolled in Japanese universities (including graduate schools), junior colleges, specialized training colleges (professional courses), preparatory institutions, and Japanese language education institutions (hereinafter, "universities, etc."). It does not include publicly funded international students, international students dispatched by foreign governments, exchange students, or short-term international students with an enrollment period of less than one year.
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Random sampling of privately financed international students led to questionnaires being sent to 7,000 individuals (1,074 individuals from 68 national universities, 136 individuals from 15 municipal universities, 2,633 individuals from 217 private universities, 59 individuals from 20 junior colleges, 1,182 individuals from 95 specialized training colleges (professional courses), 85 individuals from 9 preparatory courses, and 1,831 individuals from 144 Japanese language education institutions), with responses obtained from 6,036 individuals. The response rate was 86.2%.
Date of Collection 2016-01 ~ 2016-01
Time Period 2016 ~ 2016
Spatial Unit
Sampling Procedure Other
Cooperation was secured from universities and other institutions across Japan, and privately financed international students enrolled in the cooperating institutions were randomly sampled. In selecting the cooperating institutions, aspects such as proportion of international students enrolled and regional distribution, etc., were taken into consideration.
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
Fixed questionnaire and answer sheets (anonymous) were sent to target students and then the answer sheets were collected.
Investigator Japan Student Services Organization
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.1175
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Please refer to the abstract in Japanese.
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Chosa-hyo][Syukei-hyo]
Major Survey Items ・Gender
・Country/area of origin
・Reason for studying in Japan

[Before studying in Japan]
・Reason for selecting Japan as destination for studying abroad
・Worries concerning studying in Japan
・Difficulties experienced before coming to Japan to study
・Collection of information about studying in Japan

[About the time between arriving in Japan and enrolling in the educational institution the student currently attends]
・Number of years since coming to Japan
・Whether or not the student directly enrolled in the educational institution they are at now
・Situation prior to enrolling in the current educational institution

[Current educational institution, etc.]
・Whether the currently enrolled school is national, municipal, or private
・Current course
・Current year of study at the institution
・Qualifications regarding Japanese language ability
・Plans to acquire Japanese language qualifications
・Specialization category in current institution
・Time spent studying per week (excluding classes)
・Commute time (one-way)
・Existence of guarantor for tuition fees for currently enrolled school
・Guarantor for tuition fees for currently enrolled school
・Good and bad aspects of current institution

[Impression of Japan]
・Impression of Japan
・Whether it was a good choice to study in Japan, good points about studying in Japan
・Difficulties experienced while studying in Japan, difficulties that could not be overcome

[Regarding monthly income and expenditure]
・Average monthly income and breakdown of such
・Good things about receiving a scholarship
・Things desired of a scholarship
・Average monthly expenditure and breakdown of such

[Regarding a part-time job (arubaito)]
・Whether working part-time (arubaito)
・Types of part-time (arubaito) job
・Number of work hours per week
・Reason for working part-time (arubaito)
・Hourly wage

[Regarding residence]
・Area of residence
・Type of accommodation
・Important aspects when selecting accommodation
・Area of room used
・Accommodation facilities
・Living alone
・Number of cohabitants
・People cohabitating with
・Expenses when moving into the current accommodation
・Existence of guarantor for accommodation
・Who the guarantor of the current accommodation is

[Regarding health]
・Whether or not the respondent has any illness or injury
・Whether the respondent has health insurance
・Type of health insurance
・Monthly expenditure on health insurance
・Reason for not having health insurance

[Post-graduation plans]
・Plans after graduating from current educational institution
・Desire to advance to higher education
・Desired field of employment
・Future after gaining employment in Japan
・Hopes for job-hunting activities in Japan
・Worries about job-hunting activities in Japan
・Desired number of years of employment in Japan
・Desire to participate in an internship in Japan
・Reason for participating in an internship in Japan
Date of Release 2018/12/07
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