How Studying Abroad Makes You A Better LeaderOnce upon a time, doing business abroad was unique: Berlitz and others published books on business etiquette for those venturing across the ocean, language books enabling you to order in a restaurant or to get you through a social encounter. And once upon a time, that was enough. Today, thanks to technology and the internet, the world is global. Business is global. Nearly three-fourths of all S&P 500 companies today report some kind of international revenue. Read more.
There are skills to be gained from moving country and adjusting to a new teaching system. It’s also far easier to identify the skills you are lacking when you step outside your comfort zone – and going abroad to study is a fairly serious step.Read more.
Education abroad has been shown to have significant impact on learning, academic performance, graduation, careers, and personality development. The University of California at Merced compiled results from fourteen notable studies on the impact of education abroad. Here is a summary.
Careers, Salaries & Job Skills
of study abroad students found employment within 12 months of graduation, when only 49% of college graduates found employment in the same period. (1) Among study abroad alumni, 90% landed a job within 6 months. (2, 12)
higher starting salaries: that’s how much more study abroad students earn than those college graduates who do not study abroad.(1) This equates to approx. $7,000 annually for US students. (3)
of study abroad alumni who applied got into their 1st or 2nd choice grad school. (1)
of study abroad alumni felt their studies abroad helped them build valuable skills for the job market. (4) A second study confirms this at 85%. (10)
of US businesses failed to expand due to a dearth of staff international experience. (14)
of study abroad students reported that study abroad allowed them to better adapt to diverse work environments. (4)
of study abroad alumni claimed that because of study abroad they were more satisfied with their jobs. (4)
of employers said study abroad would be valuable in an individual’s career later on with their organization. (11)
of study abroad alumni claimed that study abroad helped them choose their career field. (4)
lower unemployment rates were found among study abroad alumni according to a British study. (4)
Graduation & Academic Performance
greater improvement in GPA post-study abroad. Students who studied abroad saw their GPAs rise twice as quickly as their peers. (8)
more likely to graduate: that describes how study abroad participants are more likely to graduate than non-participants. (5, 6, 7)
of study abroad alumni attributed study abroad to increased maturity. (13)
of study abroad alumni claimed an increase in self-confidence attributed to study abroad. (13)
of study abroad alumni reported that study abroad facilitated a greater tolerance for ambiguity. (13)