Study Shows That Studying Abroad Has a Direct Impact on Skills Needed for Career Success

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Education Abroad Leads to Significant Gains in 11 of 15 critical 21st Century Workplace Skills

WASHINGTON, DC, October 2, 2017 – IIE today announced a new study that demonstrates links between international educational experience and the critical skills needed for employment in today’s workforce. The study shows that studying abroad for longer periods of time has a high impact on subsequent job offers and career advancement as well as the development of foreign language and communication skills.

Among alumni who studied abroad for one academic year, 68 percent reported studying abroad contributing to a job offer or promotion, compared to just 43 percent of alumni who studied abroad for fewer than eight weeks. At the same time, stronger gains in teamwork skills were reported by students who took part in short term programs, which tend to be more structured and team oriented than longer term programs where students might pursue more independent experiences.

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October 9, 2017