If you’ve been able to study abroad during your undergraduate studies, you likely regard the journey as one of the best of your college career, if not your life! Studying abroad offers so much more than a getaway to a never-before-visited destination – the experiences, classes, internships, and connections you may make while abroad present opportunities to gain valuable industry-related and transferable skills, experience an intercultural workplace, develop intercultural competencies, and engage in communication unlike what you’re used to at your home institution and country. You didn’t just go on an extended vacation – you experienced cultural immersion for, potentially, the first time in your life, spoke a new language, made connections with local residents, engaged with faculty and staff at a different institution, planned excursions, and interned at a company of interest.
If you didn’t partake in everything listed above, that’s okay. You undoubtedly embraced a new experience and gained valuable communication skills that you can bring with you as you approach the job search. Here are a few ways to articulate the value of your study abroad experience during the job search process: