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Put your experiences to work

International experience has become increasingly important to employers and is considered an advantage on the job market. Use the study abroad experience to gain professional skills, and emphasize your global education when you apply for work.

Skills gained while studying abroad:

  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Analytical skills
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to adapt to new surroundings
  • Language proficiency
  • Intercultural competence
  • Self-reliance
  • Perseverance
  • Assertiveness
  • Independence
  • Knowledge of world customs

Résumé tips

  • Include your time abroad somewhere on your résumé. It is most commonly placed in the "education" or "related experience" section.
  • Highlight accomplishments from your study abroad time.
  • Market your transferable skills from study abroad: time management, adaptability, self-reliance, independence, language proficiency, etc.

For more information, attend a returnee workshop.



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Norris, E. M., & Gillespie, J. (2009). How study abroad shapes global careers: evidence from the United States. Journal of Studies in International Education, 13(3), 382-397. doi: 10.1177/1028315308319740

Orahood, T., Kruze, L., & Pearson, D. E. (2004). The impact of study abroad on business students’ career goalsFrontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 117-130.

Preston, K. (2012). Recent graduates survey: The impact of studying abroad on recent college graduates’ careers.

Personal and Academic

Dwyer, M. M., & Peters, C. K. (2004). The benefits of study abroadTransitions Abroad Magazine, 37(5), 56-59.