NAIST has a vibrant international community of researchers and students that is growing every year. The majority of overseas researchers come on exchange agreements from Asia, Europe, and North America, but some also come from Africa, Oceania, and the Middle East. Nearly half (65 out of 137) stayed for long-term exchanges of more than a month in 2010. NAIST promotes such exchanges with the aim of fostering deeper research ties. The student body includes nearly 100 international master's and doctoral students, mostly from other Asian countries, many of whom live in campus dormitories. NAIST actively encourages applications from overseas students.