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Never More So Than in Times of Crisis

By Isabel Eva Bohrer
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Updated 10/2013

IES Abroad European Union student Sam Holden visiting the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg.

Economic crisis, rising exchange rates, high travel expenses…all of these are some of main reasons why the previously meteoric rise in the rate of students studying abroad has been decreasing. Not only are expenses associated with study abroad increasing, but at the same time, scholarships, financial aid, grants, and fellowships that used to be available to study abroad students are less easily obtained.Studying Abroad helps build job skills - IES In addition, there are the national economic cuts and often short-sighted politics that ensue. Some students can’t help but wonder: “Is study abroad really worth it?”

Yet, looking at the big picture, the Fast Fact Open Doors 2012 data published by the Institute of International Education (scroll down in the .pdf report for interesting details by region and country), indicates that "273, 996 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit in 2010/11, an increase of 1.3% over the previous year. U.S. student participation in study abroad has more than tripled over the past two decades."

The current economic climate means that students must be ever more creative and resourceful when answering the question whether study abroad is a good "investment, " in every sense of the word.

Study Abroad is Always Worth It

Study Abroad helps develop confidence in skills required for first job - IES“Yes” would be the answer of any study abroad aficionado, including myself, the Student Advisor columnist for Transitions Abroad. While I used to have to present arguments for the many reasons in favor of study abroad, there is new data to support my thesis.

In March 2012, IES Abroad surveyed 1, 008 study abroad alumni to “assess the impact study abroad has on a recent graduate’s prospects in securing employment and/or attending graduate school directly after earning a degree from a four-year college or university in the U.S.” Elaborating on an earlier IES Abroad survey investigating the benefits of study abroad and published by Transitions Abroad, the key findings of the 2012 study showed:

  • Nearly 90% of study abroad alumni secured a job within the first six months after graduation .
  • 50% felt the overseas experience helped them acquire their first jobs.
  • 84% felt that studying abroad helped them develop valuable job skills such as foreign language knowledge, cultural training, tolerance for ambiguity, adaptability, communication, and more.
  • 90% were admitted into their first or second choice graduate or professional school.

Why is Study Abroad Such a Resume Builder?

“Studying abroad really tests your understanding of the world, your adaptability, and opens your mind to new ways of approaching everyday problems and situations; it makes you a better learner and a better critical thinker.”

“Ready, set, build your resume!” Although this is no official slogan for study abroad, it could well be. Already in the planning stage, study abroad helps you build valuable skills, which are then strengthened while you are abroad. If that were not enough, once you return home, you will learn even more as you reflect upon your experiences abroad and adapt to life back home.

Here are just a few of the skills strengthened by study abroad:

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I'm an office assistant and I am looking to be an advisor next. Seems most schools want their advisors to have prior experience working in study abroad, so you gotta start like me. You definitely need a college degree (bachelor's for an assistant, master's for an advisor). Most places won't even look at you if you don't fulfill the education requirement. Doesn't really matter what your degrees are in, but it might help if they're somehow related to international education, and it definitely will help if you studied abroad yourself. If you haven't studied abroad, other international experience might count (work abroad, volunteer abroad, extensive travel experience beyond Western Europe)

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