Education Abroad Contributes to Career Readiness

Studies Show that 
Education Abroad Contributes to Career Readiness

The Institute for International Education, a non-profit organization whose mission is to "advance international education and access to education worldwide," recently compiled a set of reports that highlight the value that employers see in education abroad experiences of prospective employees.

Key findings of recent studies show:
  • Students who studied abroad had a statistically significant higher four-year graduation rate than those who did not study abroad, particularly among underrepresented minority and low income students.
  • 60 percent of employers agree that an international study experience is a positive on a resumé. Furthermore, 72 percent of employers agree that knowing a second language adds to the appeal of a prospective employee.
  • Study abroad alumni find jobs sooner after graduation, related to their majors, and at a higher starting salary.
To review the details of these studies, visit the IIE website.

reprinted from UMN Carlson School Going Global Newsletter
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