After completing a Study Abroad program, we recommend that you include this experience on your resume.
Why include study-abroad on your resume?
“Whatever you decide to do, don’t forget to include your study abroad experience on your resumé. Study abroad is a sign of intercultural competence that is appealing to potential employers and graduate schools alike in our increasingly interdependent society. When including study abroad in your résumé, think about the skills you gained and what you learned while abroad. You should include your study abroad experience as part of your education, possibly including those specific skills relevant to your academic experience”. Skidmore College Study Abroad
“Study abroad does more than promote personal, professional, and academic growth. It can also enhance your full-time and/or internship prospects since employers are increasingly seeking students who have studied abroad. Employers recognize the fact that those students who have successfully completed a study abroad program are likely to possess the skills needed in the global economy – economic and geographical knowledge, cross-cultural communication skills, analytical skills, flexibility, an understanding of and familiarity with local customs, an ability to adapt to new circumstances, and often a proficiency in a new language. Students who study abroad should highlight these unique set of skills to potential employers to distinguish themselves from the rest. Study abroad experience is a good way to differentiate yourself from your peers.”
“As you share your resume with prospective employers, you will want to highlight the experience that you gained while studying abroad. Many employers are looking for people who are versatile and adaptable, and by listing your study abroad experience on your resume you are demonstrating your ability to succeed in a new environment and your willingness to seek out new experiences. Having a relevant story to tell in an interview or having relevant global experience listed on your resume can be a definite advantage.” Indiana University, Kelly School of Business
HOW to include Forum-Nexus Study abroad on your resume?
With these benefits in mind, we would like to try an offer our suggestions on ways in which students from Forum-Nexus could include their study abroad experience on their resumes. Here is one example:
Your University (2006-2010)
Study Abroad, Forum-Nexus Study Abroad (July 2009)
If you have any other ideas about how your fellow students can use this experience on their resumes, please share it with us here in the comments section. Or, send us an email with your suggestions and we will be happy to share it with the group. You may also choose to share your suggestions with us on our other community sites:
Key Words to use:
Are you wondering what other skills students gain through studying abroad? Some other possible outcomes of an international experience may include:
|Establish rapport quickly||Self-reliance|
|Function with a high level of ambiguity||High energy level/enthusiasm|
|Achieve goals despite obstacle||Appreciation of diversity|
|Take initiative and take risks||Perseverance|
|Time management skills||Flexibility|
|Accept responsibility||Tolerance/open mindedness|
|Communicate despite barriers||Assertiveness|
|Handle difficult situations||Self-confidence|
|Adapt to new environments||Independence|
|Learn through listening and observing|