Participating in education abroad can provide critical skills for any career, including language learning, adaptability, independence, and cultural knowledge, which are valued by employers and graduate schools. Study abroad offers students a unique opportunity to learn about another culture, within the security of a host family and a host institution carefully chosen to allow the transfer of credit to a student’s degree program. It also prepares you to live and work in a global society. Additional information can be found on the UTSA Education Abroad Services website.
Benefits of Study Abroad
Looking for a Summer Internship or Job while abroad?
The key here is preparation. You can do several things before you leave which will make your job search easier, such as having your resume critiqued and sample cover letters reviewed. The UTSA Career Center offers a great many services to assist with job and internship hunting.
Skills Gain While Studying Aboard
- Ability to establish rapport quickly
- Achieving goals despite obstacles
- Applying information to new contexts
- Awareness of global economic and political issues
- Cross-cultural communication
- Conveying ideas verbally
- Critical thinking skills
- Enhanced cultural awareness and sensitivity to cultural differences
- Foreign language proficiency
- Problem solving
- Taking initiative
- Time management
Things to do after your Study Abroad Experience
- Reflect on your experience and the career-related strengths you may have gained. For example, did you:
- Work on group projects with students from different cultures?
- Initiate meetings with professionals at local organizations to gain insights into corporate and industry culture?
- Actively participate in a student organization?
- Update Your Resume and Cover Letter
- You can incorporate your study-abroad experience into your resume in a variety of ways.
- If you are unsure about where to best highlight your international experience, bring a copy of your resume to an appointment with your Career Counselor.
- In addition to creating strongly written materials, you need to be prepared to thoughtfully articulate the career benefits of your study-abroad experience through verbal communication.
A few resources to help with your international job/internship search:
- QuintEssential’s International Career Guide
- U.S. Government Funded Study Abroad Programs
- Foreign Government Programs
- USA Study Abroad
- GlobalEDGE International Internship Directory
Adapted from University of Colorado and University of Minnesota