According to data in 2019, there are 456 students from abroad enrolled in authorized culinary training colleges in Japan.
Due to the global boom of Japanese cuisine, the last 5 years saw the number increase by about 2.5 times, but still they account for less than 10% of the whole student population. Among these international students, more than 90% are from Asia: 155 from China, 132 from South Korea, 62 from Vietnam and 62 from Taiwan.
Including some from North America and Europe, students from 18 countries are studying at 51 authorized culinary training colleges.
Students from abroad usually start with Japanese language schools in Japan or overseas to advance their language skills, before they enroll in authorized culinary training colleges.