Study Abroad and Your Resume: Perfect Match or Not?

Studying abroad is a coveted and treasured college student experience. When coming back from abroad, many students say that their life has been changed, personally or professionally. Studying abroad definitely widens your horizons, but should it be on your resume? When faced with this question, I would almost always say yes.

Opposition to studying abroad may call it a “student vacation,” but fails to mention that while abroad course-work may be lighter or less intense than the classes you regularly take at Bentley University, there are so many factors to a study abroad experience that are different for every individual who partakes in it. For example, whether you took the opportunity to learn more about international finance while traveling internationally, had an internship, practiced a new language, or gave back to communities in the form of volunteering, any of these would be great conversations to have during an interview, which would most likely start by having an abroad education listed on your resume. The only instance in which to not include study abroad would be if you have nothing constructive or relevant to say about your time, which usually is not the case for most students.

The mistake that’s usually made? Putting abroad on your resume incorrectly. This can look unprofessional and actually reduce your chances of being called in for an interview. In those cases, it’s not the fault of the experience listed, but rather the formatting. 

I am partial to putting study abroad experiences under education, because most of the time, the classes and the experience of course-work in international universities are the reasons for pursuing this opportunity (excluding personal reasons such as self-discovery or seeing the world). However, there are so many different and good options to include study abroad on your resume, from really subtle mentions to really showing it off. Find more on that here.

By Alina Minkova
Alina Minkova Creative Blog Curator