How to Market your Experience Abroad
Capturing Study Abroad Experience on a Resume
Focus on your accomplishments and skills. Your resume should focus on the “results” of your study abroad experience, not simply where you went or what you did.
You can include your study abroad experience under education or relevant experience (see examples below). If your experience was heavily academic (large course load, research work, etc.), it may be best to include it under education. However, if you completed a professional internship while abroad, you might choose to include study abroad under relevant work experience.
Adjust your resume to your audience. You likely won’t submit the same resume to a graduate school and to a potential employer.
Don’t forget to include any other relevant aspects of your experience - such as volunteer work, independent studies, etc.
When discussing your experience with potential employers think about how your study abroad experience contributed to your intercultural competence that will assist you in a diverse workforce.
University of Colorado Denver (2010-2014)
- BA in Psychology
- Overall G.P.A. 3.57, Major G.P.A. 3.9, Dean’s List 2008-2010
- Thesis: The Psychology of Gender Roles in the Spanish Language
Study Abroad, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (1/2013-5/2013)
- Completed course work in Spanish culture and society
- Demonstrated willingness to take risks through enrollment in Spanish speaking curriculum
- Gained fluency in Spanish
- Produced research project on the effect on Spanish society of gender roles in the Spanish language