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Applying Your Experience Professionally

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Study abroad is an impressive experience that will forever more be added to your resume, yet students often struggle to describe its transformative nature by explaining how their experience changed them and what they learned during their time abroad.

To add more prestige to your experience, highlight it in your resume and discuss it in interviews. Be prepared to share a story that emphasizes how you overcame an obstacle, gained or enhanced a new perspective, etc.

Here are a few other tips:

  • Include study abroad on your resume with the name of your foreign institution or program. Include your honors, awards, or recognitions in the appropriate section.
  • Define the qualities reinforced by study abroad and explain how they apply to the job, including dedication to a project, perseverance in attaining goals, creative thinking and problem-solving abilities, communication skills, adaptability, flexibility, initiative, self-reliance, and willingness to be challenged and outside of your comfort zone.
  • Describe specific goals met during your time abroad such as competency or fluency in another language or understanding of a different culture.

Visit Texas State University's Career Services for more advice about how to market your experience and for jobs in international fields.

As a returning Study Abroad student the Study Abroad Office offers two Professional Development opportunities. One is our Study Abroad Ambassador Program and our annual Own Your Experience Abroad Event. For more information please click on the icons bellow.