Education should always be more than classrooms and textbooks. We live in a global community, and there are few events that can influence a person more than the experience of studying and traveling abroad.
Studying abroad means becoming part of the community in which you are living. You will be more than simply a tourist. Part of developing your independence means learning to handle simple daily tasks that you take for granted at home: using a pay phone, negotiating the public transit system, posting a letter, shopping for groceries, and doing the laundry. All of these tasks and more must be re-learned when you enter a new culture.
International experiences greatly affect individuals at the personal, academic and professional levels. The exposure to adverse situations and new environments that study abroad provides not only enables students to be more flexible and adapt to new surroundings, but it helps to develop knowledge, skills and abilities that are desirable in any professional setting. Thus, it is essential that you leverage your study abroad experience in your job search, via your resume, cover letter, and definitely in your interviews. You must learn to effectively communicate the unique skills and experiences from your international exposure to differentiate yourself form other candidates.
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