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May 26, 2004

U.S. Still Land of Dreams

The United States is still the most popular destination for Japanese high school long-term exchange students, according to an education ministry survey. The 9th annual survey found that 4,160 students studied abroad for three months or more during 2003. Of that number, 1,721 went to the U.S., 635 to Canada, 592 to Australia and 544 to New Zealand. Only 221 students studied in the U.K. There are currently 894 high schools with links to a "sister-school" abroad, of which the largest number are in Australia (391), the U.S. (364) and New Zealand (215). The survey also found that of the 25 countries visited on "shuugaku ryoukou" school trips, Australia was the most popular English-speaking country, third overall behind China and South Korea. 26,114 students from 158 schools visited down under, the majority from private schools. The total number of students travelling abroad was down 7.1% from the previous year.
Survey report (Japanese)

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