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Study Abroad Advisor

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
Study Abroad Increases Your Professional Job Prospects in Times of Crisis
by Student Advisor Columnist Isabel Eva Bohrer based upon data provided by IES Abroad
The Benefits of Study Abroad
by Professors Mary Dwyer and Courtney Peters of IES Abroad
Why Study Abroad?
by Sheila J. Curran
How to Choose a Graduate Degree Program for Your International Career
by contributing editor Zahara Heckscher
Use Study Abroad to Launch Your International Career: Planning Your Study Abroad Experience with a Focus on Your Future 
by contributing editor Zahara Heckscher
How to Get Scholarships and Financial Aid for Study Abroad
by Student Advisor Columnist Isabel Eva Bohrer
The Impact of Short-term Study Abroad: Student Reflections Eight Years Later
by Kristine Zamastil-Vondrova
Honors Programs and Study Abroad: How the Two Can Be Integrated
by Dr. Anna Marie Roos
The Value of Literary Tourism
by Jennifer M. Eisenlau
Which Housing Arrangement is Best for Study Abroad: Choosing Your Accommodations Wisely
by Jessica Brown
Bridging Hemispheres: Understanding Latin American Cultures
by Jim Citron and Skye Stephenson
Debunking Reasons Against Studying Abroad
by Dr. Brian Harley
Quality in Higher Education
by Barbara Burn
Cultural Immersion Through Study Abroad
by Karen Rodriguez
Parents and Study Abroad
by Linda Bartnik
Top Ten Reasons for African Americans to Study Abroad
by Starlett Craig
Studying Abroad Without Being Rich: A Financial Aid Recipient’s Guide to International Study
by Susan L. Pugh
The Rewards of Leading Educational Tours
by
Jennifer M. Eisenlau
Mutual Benefits: The Returned Student and the Study Abroad Office
by Cherly B. Lochner-Wright
Host Family Experience
by
Shoshanna Sumka
Study in Ecuador: Post-Arrival Orientation
by
Tiffany Hendrix
Access Abroad: Is There a Way to Get There?
by
Sharon Gerlach
The Rise of Study Abroad in Asia: U.S. Students Increasingly Seek Cultural Contrasts
by Stacey Hartmann with Asia Study Abroad Tips by Michael Swift
Hong Kong: A Gateway to Asia
by Dr. Glenn Shive on the many opportunities for study abroad, internships and scholarships in Hong Kong.
The Impact of Communications Technology on the Study Abroad Field
by Founding Publisher Dr. Clay Hubbs
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