Resume (CV) building with “Study Abroad”


After completing a Study Abroad program, we recommend that you include this experience on your resume.

photo from Oliver Charavel

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:

Education

Your University (2006-2010)

  • BA in Business Administration, cum laude
  • Overall G.P.A. 3.57, Major G.P.A. 3.9, Dean’s List 2008-2009

Study Abroad, Forum-Nexus Study Abroad (July 2009)
IQS Business School of Ramon Llull Univesity & The Catholic University of Milan

  • Completed course work in “International Finance” and “Cross Cultural Communications”.
  • Learned to establish rapport quickly with individuals in an unfamiliar environment.
  • Traveled throughout Europe, observed culture and enhanced language skills
  • Visited international organizations in Europe such as UNESCO, and the OECD headquarter in Paris
  • Interacted with business executives from leading European companies such as Philips, VW, Air France
  • Participated in economic policy discussions with economists from banks such as Banco Sabadell in Barcelona, Credit Agricole in Paris, and the UniCredit Group in Milan
  • Studied with a group of multinational students from diverse countries such as Brazil, USA, Mexico, Singapore, Holland, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Venezuela, Indonesia and Panama.

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What else?

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:

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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:

Skills Qualities
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
Learn quickly Inquisitiveness
Handle difficult situations Self-confidence
Handle stress Self-knowledge
Adapt to new environments Independence
Learn through listening and observing

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One Response to Resume (CV) building with “Study Abroad”

  1. Hi, if you need more information on Erasmus study in different countries you can also take a look here:
    Erasmus International Forum
    regards, Tej

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