Study Abroad and Get a Job!

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Want to get a leg up on the competition in your job search? Research has shown that studying abroad can help you get a job, make more money, and build valuable skills. Even better, studying abroad is fun and will help you build international networks! A recent survey by Global HR News revealed that 8/10 HR executives are more likely to employ students for global roles if they have studied abroad.

IES Abroad recently published research on the career benefits of studying abroad. Here’s what they found:

  • Students who study abroad earn, on average, $7,000 more in starting salaries.
  • 97% of study abroad alumni secured a job one year after graduation, compared to 49% of the general college population.
  • 84% of alumni felt that studying abroad helped them build valuable skills such as tolerance for ambiguity, adaptability, and communication.
  • Going to graduate school? Well, 90% of study abroad alumni got into their 1st or 2nd choice of graduate or professional school.

I studied abroad last semester in the Czech Republic and upon return I could see the positive effects that experience would have. I interviewed with several companies for internships this coming summer and they all seem interested in my experience abroad. It really helped drive conversation and let me brag on myself a little. I got an internship this summer in Kansas City and couldn’t be more excited! I really think my study abroad experience helped distinguish myself from other candidates.

Not only does studying abroad provide employment benefits, it also boosts students’ emotional development. A German study showed that students who studied abroad showed more improvement than those who didn’t study abroad, in the 5 core traits: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and emotional stability.

If you can learn to market your study abroad experience to employers effectively then you could reap extraordinary benefits. The Office of Study Abroad at KU even offers international internship opportunities to students which looks just as good (or even better) to future employers!

So stop by our office if getting a job and earning more money sounds like something you are interested in! We are located in 105 Lippincott Hall and are open every week day from 9 am to 5 pm.  Email us at!

Top photo: Sally Carmichael (pictured center) interned in London last summer. She submitted this photo taken at Wimbledon!