Country Origins of International Students in China

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Xiamen University in Fujian Province, China

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China and Center for Strategic and International Studies reported the leading places of origin of international students in China for 2016/2017.

Among 202 countries, South Korea had the greatest number of students enrolled in China with 70,540 students. Following the list are United States (23,838), Thailand (23,044), Pakistan (18,626), and India (18,171).

Meanwhile, least countries with a number of students enrolled in China are Tuvalu, Palau, New Caledonia (1), Guyana (1), Guadeloupe (1), Gibraltar (1). and Andorra (1) with only one student enrolled.

International Student Origins in China


Rank CountryStudents
1South Korea70540
2United States of America23838
3Thailand23044
4Pakistan18626
5India18171
6Russia17971
7Indonesia14714
8Kazakhstan13996
9Japan13595
10Vietnam10639
11France10414
12Laos9907
13Mongolia8508
14Germany8145
15Malaysia6880
16United Kingdom6217
17Myanmar5662
18Italy5584
19Ghana5552
20Nepal5160
21Singapore4983
22Bangladesh4905
23Australia4796
24Nigeria4746
25Canada3846
26Tanzania3520
27Zambia3428
28Zimbabwe3425
29Kyrgyzstan3247
29Yemen3247
31Uzbekistan3129
32Philippines3061
33Ukraine2896
34Cameroon2876
35Spain2845
36Ethiopia2829
37Sudan2629
38Tajikistan2606
39Kenya2414
40Netherlands2351
41Sri Lanka2311
42South Africa2299
43Cambodia2250
44Turkmenistan2149
45Turkey2147
46Mexico2100
47North Korea1829
48Poland1757
49Republic of the Congo1665
50Rwanda1658
51Brazil1587
52Somalia1553
53Iran1545
54Sweden1529
55Democratic Republic of the Congo1450
56Belgium1354
57Egypt1352
58Denmark1321
59Saudi Arabia1293
60Mauritius1278
61Morocco1120
62Uganda1117
63Colombia1090
64Jordan1014
65Algeria992
66Burundi952
67New Zealand895
68Madagascar875
69Belarus858
70Iraq856
71Switzerland853
72Equatorial Guinea829
73Syria815
74Afghanistan742
75Czech Republic715
76Angola714
77Senegal713
78Côte d'Ivoire685
79Benin673
80Guinea670
81Portugal635
82Bahrain629
83Sierra Leone622
84Norway616
85Djibouti615
85Niger615
87Mali608
88Peru603
89Namibia601
90Austria581
91Ireland575
92Panama556
93Malawi548
94Hungary540
95Romania535
96Israel515
97South Sudan512
98Venezuela501
99Chile499
100Mozambique496
101Finland480
102Central African Republic476
103Ecuador465
104Argentina426
105Togo403
106Botswana396
107Palestine387
108Bulgaria385
109Guinea-Bissau373
110Liberia360
111Papua New Guinea348
112Tunisia346
113Cape Verde340
114Gabon329
115Armenia319
115Azerbaijan319
117Jamaica315
118Chad309
119Lithuania294
120Comoros285
121Costa Rica280
122Cuba274
123Libya266
124Serbia264
125Georgia258
126Bolivia249
127Mauritania222
128Greece214
129Eritrea212
130Lesotho206
131Bahamas196
132Lebanon195
133Slovakia191
134Latvia186
134Maldives186
136Fiji179
137Samoa177
138Gambia174
139Uruguay168
140Antigua and Barbuda159
141Vanuatu158
142Grenada156
143Timor-Leste152
144Moldova137
145Albania124
146Croatia111
147Dominican Republic108
147Estonia108
149Tonga105
150Kuwait100
151Slovenia97
152Burkina Faso94
153Bosnia and Herzegovina93
154Seychelles91
155Barbados87
156Suriname85
157Cyprus80
158Iceland77
159Dominica76
160Brunei Darussalam70
161Montenegro68
162Eswatini58
163North Macedonia52
164Oman49
165Haiti48
166Trinidad and Tobago40
166United Arab Emirates40
168British Virgin Islands39
169Luxembourg37
170Belize32
171Guatemala29
171Honduras29
173Paraguay22
174Qatar18
175Malta15
175Solomon Islands15
177French Southern and Antarctic Lands14
177Micronesia14
179Kiribati13
180El Salvador10
181São Tomé and Príncipe9
182Aruba8
182Nicaragua8
184Liechtenstein6
184Marshall Islands6
186Cook Islands5
187American Samoa4
187Saint Kitts and Nevis4
187Saint Lucia4
187Saint Vincent and the Grenadines4
191Monaco3
191Puerto Rico3
191San Marino3
194Nauru2
194Netherlands Antilles2
196Andorra1
196Gibraltar1
196Guadeloupe1
196Guyana1
196New Caledonia1
196Palau1
196Tuvalu1

 

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (China) and Center for Strategic and International Studies
Full report: International Students in China (AY 2016/2017)