Our Study Abroad Advisor section was started in 1980 by the late Lily von Klemperer, a legend in international education, to provide practical information for advisors
to use in their day-to-day work to make their efforts more effective, efficient, and rewarding.
In our current era of economic uncertainty and downturn, there have developed reasons to study overseas which go beyond the traditional needs we believe that students have for exposure and cultural immersion in order to expand their minds, imaginations, memories, and motivations, which we consider paramount for developing educated world citizens (and we cover such issues in our articles by experts on this page and site). Unfortunately, many of these new areas of focus in study abroad are related to future employment at home or internationally.
- Foreign language fluency. Whether you are translating archives at a museum or plan on corresponding with businesses worldwide, being fluent in languages other than English can be very useful.
- International knowledge base. Your acquired knowledge is especially useful for careers in international affairs, government service or international business, but can apply to any field.
- Cross-cultural communication. In addition to speaking the actual language, study abroad can help you hone in on other communication skills.
- Analytical skills. As you interact with locals abroad, you will learn to analyze situations with more precision.
- Teamwork. Chances are you will have to interact with all kinds of locals and fellow foreigners abroad, strengthening your ability to work as a team player and even take on leadership roles where appropriate.
- Flexibility. Study abroad involves adapting to new circumstances, which is often critical when you have to solve problems back home.
- Ability to manage finances. As a study abroad student, you will have to manage your money effectively, which includes understanding the financial aid process and how best to reduce your general expenses abroad.
- Independence. When living on your own, you will have to learn to become independent. As you mature in the process, you will also learn to become more self-confident.
—from Study Abroad Increases Your Professional Job Prospects in Times of Crisis