IIE Study Shows That Studying Aboard Has a Direct Impact on Skills Needed for Career Success

I have long argued the benefits of study abroad for college students.  Looking back, I wish I had engaged in time overseas to study.   When I was in college, I remember few of my fellow students going overseas.   That may be surprising considering I went to American University in DC: a university that was in 2010 ranked 5th nationally with nearly 60% of it’s students going abroad.

I’m proud that my own son engaged in study abroad while at the University of Maryland, taking a seminar to study in Istanbul.  He is now serving in the Peace Corps in Namibia.  My daughter just started her first year at Towson University and is already talking about studying overseas, likely in Korea (she is Korean).

I would argue that a study abroad experience not only improves global competency, but enhances all professional pathways be they international or domestic.

The benefits of studying abroad can now be demonstrated beyond anecdotal evidence. This IIE study looks at  the link between studying abroad and career success. If you want to be successful in your work, study abroad in college.

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Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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