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My History of Art class was by far one of my favorite classes I have ever taken! Our professor was constantly making sure we were comfortable with the material and always including us in the lessons, instead of just lecturing! It was also great because I could apply the classroom lessons to the real art I would see as I traveled around Spain.
– Nikki Boyd
Central College

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Employers are looking for applicants with international experience because they have acquired skills and experienced personal growth that goes far beyond the walls of a traditional college classroom. Yet only 1-2 percent of all American college or university students study abroad for a semester or longer. Increase your marketability through your experience abroad.

Make sure that your experience abroad stands out in your resume by including information on the following:

  • Internships
  • Service-learning
  • Language immersion
  • Homestays

Consider the skills or qualities below. Do any of them describe what you learned or how you changed during your study abroad experience? Use specific examples or situations in your resume to demonstrate the particular skills or qualities that describe your experiences. It isn’t enough to claim that the experience “changed my life.” Make sure you answer “how” it changed your life. Below are many of the qualities students gain during the study abroad experience:

  • Understand cultural differences and similarities
  • Flexibility
  • Communicate despite barriers
  • Accept responsibility
  • Time management
  • Willing to take risks
  • Ability to handle stress
  • Conduct research despite language and cultural differences
  • Self-reliance
  • Self-confidence
  • Assertiveness
  • Open-minded
  • Goal oriented
  • Resourceful
  • Motivated
  • Positive outlook
  • Adventurous, curious