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
1Country Origins of International Students in China 1South Korea70540
2Country Origins of International Students in China 2United States of America23838
3Country Origins of International Students in China 3Thailand23044
4Country Origins of International Students in China 4Pakistan18626
5Country Origins of International Students in China 5India18171
6Country Origins of International Students in China 6Russia17971
7Country Origins of International Students in China 7Indonesia14714
8Country Origins of International Students in China 8Kazakhstan13996
9Country Origins of International Students in China 9Japan13595
10Country Origins of International Students in China 10Vietnam10639
11Country Origins of International Students in China 11France10414
12Country Origins of International Students in China 12Laos9907
13Country Origins of International Students in China 13Mongolia8508
14Country Origins of International Students in China 14Germany8145
15Country Origins of International Students in China 15Malaysia6880
16Country Origins of International Students in China 16United Kingdom6217
17Country Origins of International Students in China 17Myanmar5662
18Country Origins of International Students in China 18Italy5584
19Country Origins of International Students in China 19Ghana5552
20Country Origins of International Students in China 20Nepal5160
21Country Origins of International Students in China 21Singapore4983
22Country Origins of International Students in China 22Bangladesh4905
23Country Origins of International Students in China 23Australia4796
24Country Origins of International Students in China 24Nigeria4746
25Country Origins of International Students in China 25Canada3846
26Country Origins of International Students in China 26Tanzania3520
27Country Origins of International Students in China 27Zambia3428
28Country Origins of International Students in China 28Zimbabwe3425
29Country Origins of International Students in China 29Kyrgyzstan3247
29Country Origins of International Students in China 30Yemen3247
31Country Origins of International Students in China 31Uzbekistan3129
32Country Origins of International Students in China 32Philippines3061
33Country Origins of International Students in China 33Ukraine2896
34Country Origins of International Students in China 34Cameroon2876
35Country Origins of International Students in China 35Spain2845
36Country Origins of International Students in China 36Ethiopia2829
37Country Origins of International Students in China 37Sudan2629
38Country Origins of International Students in China 38Tajikistan2606
39Country Origins of International Students in China 39Kenya2414
40Country Origins of International Students in China 40Netherlands2351
41Country Origins of International Students in China 41Sri Lanka2311
42Country Origins of International Students in China 42South Africa2299
43Country Origins of International Students in China 34Cambodia2250
44Country Origins of International Students in China 44Turkmenistan2149
45Country Origins of International Students in China 45Turkey2147
46Country Origins of International Students in China 46Mexico2100
47Country Origins of International Students in China 47North Korea1829
48Country Origins of International Students in China 48Poland1757
49Country Origins of International Students in China 49Republic of the Congo1665
50Country Origins of International Students in China 50Rwanda1658
51Country Origins of International Students in China 51Brazil1587
52Country Origins of International Students in China 52Somalia1553
53Country Origins of International Students in China 53Iran1545
54Country Origins of International Students in China 54Sweden1529
55Country Origins of International Students in China 55Democratic Republic of the Congo1450
56Country Origins of International Students in China 56Belgium1354
57Country Origins of International Students in China 57Egypt1352
58Country Origins of International Students in China 58Denmark1321
59Country Origins of International Students in China 59Saudi Arabia1293
60Country Origins of International Students in China 60Mauritius1278
61Country Origins of International Students in China 61Morocco1120
62Country Origins of International Students in China 62Uganda1117
63Country Origins of International Students in China 63Colombia1090
64Country Origins of International Students in China 64Jordan1014
65Country Origins of International Students in China 65Algeria992
66Country Origins of International Students in China 66Burundi952
67Country Origins of International Students in China 67New Zealand895
68Country Origins of International Students in China 68Madagascar875
69Country Origins of International Students in China 69Belarus858
70Country Origins of International Students in China 70Iraq856
71Country Origins of International Students in China 71Switzerland853
72Country Origins of International Students in China 72Equatorial Guinea829
73Country Origins of International Students in China 73Syria815
74Country Origins of International Students in China 74Afghanistan742
75Country Origins of International Students in China 75Czech Republic715
76Country Origins of International Students in China 76Angola714
77Country Origins of International Students in China 77Senegal713
78Country Origins of International Students in China 78Côte d'Ivoire685
79Country Origins of International Students in China 79Benin673
80Country Origins of International Students in China 80Guinea670
81Country Origins of International Students in China 81Portugal635
82Country Origins of International Students in China 82Bahrain629
83Country Origins of International Students in China 83Sierra Leone622
84Country Origins of International Students in China 84Norway616
85Country Origins of International Students in China 85Djibouti615
85Country Origins of International Students in China 86Niger615
87Country Origins of International Students in China 87Mali608
88Country Origins of International Students in China 88Peru603
89Country Origins of International Students in China 89Namibia601
90Country Origins of International Students in China 90Austria581
91Country Origins of International Students in China 91Ireland575
92Country Origins of International Students in China 92Panama556
93Country Origins of International Students in China 93Malawi548
94Country Origins of International Students in China 94Hungary540
95Country Origins of International Students in China 95Romania535
96Country Origins of International Students in China 96Israel515
97Country Origins of International Students in China 97South Sudan512
98Country Origins of International Students in China 98Venezuela501
99Country Origins of International Students in China 99Chile499
100Country Origins of International Students in China 100Mozambique496
101Country Origins of International Students in China 101Finland480
102Country Origins of International Students in China 102Central African Republic476
103Country Origins of International Students in China 103Ecuador465
104Country Origins of International Students in China 104Argentina426
105Country Origins of International Students in China 105Togo403
106Country Origins of International Students in China 106Botswana396
107Country Origins of International Students in China 107Palestine387
108Country Origins of International Students in China 108Bulgaria385
109Country Origins of International Students in China 109Guinea-Bissau373
110Country Origins of International Students in China 12Liberia360
111Country Origins of International Students in China 111Papua New Guinea348
112Country Origins of International Students in China 112Tunisia346
113Country Origins of International Students in China 113Cape Verde340
114Country Origins of International Students in China 114Gabon329
115Country Origins of International Students in China 115Armenia319
115Country Origins of International Students in China 116Azerbaijan319
117Country Origins of International Students in China 117Jamaica315
118Country Origins of International Students in China 95Chad309
119Country Origins of International Students in China 119Lithuania294
120Country Origins of International Students in China 120Comoros285
121Country Origins of International Students in China 121Costa Rica280
122Country Origins of International Students in China 122Cuba274
123Country Origins of International Students in China 123Libya266
124Country Origins of International Students in China 124Serbia264
125Country Origins of International Students in China 125Georgia258
126Country Origins of International Students in China 126Bolivia249
127Country Origins of International Students in China 127Mauritania222
128Country Origins of International Students in China 128Greece214
129Country Origins of International Students in China 129Eritrea212
130Country Origins of International Students in China 29Lesotho206
131Country Origins of International Students in China 131Bahamas196
132Country Origins of International Students in China 132Lebanon195
133Country Origins of International Students in China 133Slovakia191
134Country Origins of International Students in China 123Latvia186
134Country Origins of International Students in China 135Maldives186
136Country Origins of International Students in China 136Fiji179
137Country Origins of International Students in China 137Samoa177
138Country Origins of International Students in China 138Gambia174
139Country Origins of International Students in China 139Uruguay168
140Country Origins of International Students in China 140Antigua and Barbuda159
141Country Origins of International Students in China 141Vanuatu158
142Country Origins of International Students in China 142Grenada156
143Country Origins of International Students in China 143Timor-Leste152
144Country Origins of International Students in China 144Moldova137
145Country Origins of International Students in China 145Albania124
146Country Origins of International Students in China 146Croatia111
147Country Origins of International Students in China 147Dominican Republic108
147Country Origins of International Students in China 148Estonia108
149Country Origins of International Students in China 149Tonga105
150Country Origins of International Students in China 132Kuwait100
151Country Origins of International Students in China 151Slovenia97
152Country Origins of International Students in China 152Burkina Faso94
153Country Origins of International Students in China 153Bosnia and Herzegovina93
154Country Origins of International Students in China 154Seychelles91
155Country Origins of International Students in China 155Barbados87
156Country Origins of International Students in China 156Suriname85
157Country Origins of International Students in China 157Cyprus80
158Country Origins of International Students in China 158Iceland77
159Country Origins of International Students in China 159Dominica76
160Country Origins of International Students in China 160Brunei Darussalam70
161Country Origins of International Students in China 161Montenegro68
162Country Origins of International Students in China 162Eswatini58
163Country Origins of International Students in China 163North Macedonia52
164Country Origins of International Students in China 164Oman49
165Country Origins of International Students in China 165Haiti48
166Country Origins of International Students in China 166Trinidad and Tobago40
166Country Origins of International Students in China 167United Arab Emirates40
168Country Origins of International Students in China 168British Virgin Islands39
169Country Origins of International Students in China 169Luxembourg37
170Country Origins of International Students in China 170Belize32
171Country Origins of International Students in China 171Guatemala29
171Country Origins of International Students in China 172Honduras29
173Country Origins of International Students in China 173Paraguay22
174Country Origins of International Students in China 174Qatar18
175Country Origins of International Students in China 175Malta15
175Country Origins of International Students in China 176Solomon Islands15
177Country Origins of International Students in China 177French Southern and Antarctic Lands14
177Country Origins of International Students in China 178Micronesia14
179Country Origins of International Students in China 179Kiribati13
180Country Origins of International Students in China 180El Salvador10
181Country Origins of International Students in China 181São Tomé and Príncipe9
182Country Origins of International Students in China 182Aruba8
182Country Origins of International Students in China 183Nicaragua8
184Country Origins of International Students in China 184Liechtenstein6
184Country Origins of International Students in China 185Marshall Islands6
186Country Origins of International Students in China 186Cook Islands5
187Country Origins of International Students in China 187American Samoa4
187Country Origins of International Students in China 188Saint Kitts and Nevis4
187Country Origins of International Students in China 189Saint Lucia4
187Country Origins of International Students in China 190Saint Vincent and the Grenadines4
191Country Origins of International Students in China 191Monaco3
191Country Origins of International Students in China 192Puerto Rico3
191Country Origins of International Students in China 193San Marino3
194Country Origins of International Students in China 194Nauru2
194Country Origins of International Students in China 195Netherlands Antilles2
196Country Origins of International Students in China 196Andorra1
196Country Origins of International Students in China 197Gibraltar1
196Country Origins of International Students in China 11Guadeloupe1
196Country Origins of International Students in China 199Guyana1
196Country Origins of International Students in China 200New Caledonia1
196Country Origins of International Students in China 201Palau1
196Country Origins of International Students in China 202Tuvalu1

 

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