Study Abroad In Your Career

Focus: Develop skills to be able to articulate your study abroad experience(s) to potential employers. Engage and use the following resources to learn how to market their experience on a resume, cover letter, and in an interview.

How to Include Study Abroad on Your Resume

  1. Generally, you want to include studying abroad in your “Education” section by listing the name of your school and a few bullet points on the program. For Examples, did you participate in unique experiences such as service learning or an internship?
  2. Consider adding any language skills or relevant travel experience under your “Skills” section. 
  3. If you have several experiences abroad, you may want an “International Experience” section dedicated to all these experiences. 

Preparing for an Interview

How to Use Study Abroad Anecdotes:

  1. Reflect on your study abroad experience and create several brief “elevator pitches” which will help connect a situation to a skill.
  2. Be specific. Instead of overarching statements like, “study abroad was amazing,” you should be specific. What did you gain for your time living abroad?
  3. Frame stories in a professional context and keep them universally relatable.
  4. Talk about the challenges you encountered, but always remember to stay positive and focus on your success.

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