Studying abroad can look great on a resume and sometimes even land you a job or a promotion. In a study by the Institute of International Education, “Those more advanced in their careers more consistently linked study abroad to career growth and reported being hired or promoted based on skills developed through international experience” (Farrugia).1 Your time abroad can cultivate skills that employers wish to see in employees, from communication and interpersonal skills to the ability to understand and work with change and diversity.
Study Abroad, CEA Barcelona, Spain (1/2014-4/2014)
Study Abroad, CEA San José, Costa Rica (1/2014-4/2014)
Active Voice will make you sound much more involved in what you did abroad! Instead of saying something like, “Was enrolled in Spanish-speaking classes,” say “I enrolled in Spanish-speaking classes.”
An easy trick to help with this is seeing if you can add the phrase “by zombies” to the end of a sentence. If the sentence makes sense you are using passive voice.
Your time abroad can also be used in your Cover Letter, to help show how the skills and experiences you gained abroad could help at the job you are applying for. You can choose how specific to be based on the experience you have had.
1Farrugia. “IIE Study Shows That Studying Abroad Has a Direct Impact on Skills Needed for Career Success.” Iie.org, Institute of International Education, iie.org/employability.