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海外留学でなく海外遊楽?:
専攻する何かを学ぶために海外に行き、その国の言語で生活しながら数年の猛勉強の後に学校を卒業して帰国する・・・、というのが海外留学の私のイメージですが、最近の調査では実態は大きく異なるようです。
最近の海外留学では67%が僅か一ヶ月未満の滞在となっています。一年以上の滞在は2%にも達していません。
この“留学”期間から判断して、そのほとんどは海外遊滞、海外での休暇に近いのではないかと私は想像します。
専門家は3ヶ月以上の滞在が好ましいと言っていますが、私はそれでも短すぎると思います。
この超短期留学の目的が語学だけであれば、まず日本国内でできるだけ語学力を会得した後で、その語学力を確認するために海外に出向くべきでしょう。
海外に行けば語学力は何とかなる、自然に語学力は身につくというのは単なる幻想で、間違った考えで、学習順序が逆です。
Playing abroad?, not studying abroad:
I understand that studying abroad means they go abroad to major in something, to live using their language and to graduate the school after years of hard work. 
But the actual situation seems to be quite different from my image according to the recent survey. 
As the survey shows as many as 67% spent only a month or less in studying abroad and less than 2% stayed for more than a year.
I guess most of those who stayed less than a month had not studied but just had played around or enjoyed sightseeing.
Specialists recommend them to say more than 3 months, which I think still too short.
If they went abroad to learn foreign language skills in this very short time, I would advise that they should learn them as much as possible firstly in Japan and go out to confirm their acquired language skills.
It is merely an illusion or a wrong idea that we can get the language skills naturally in foreign countries. The learning process is quite opposite.