Study Abroad & Exchange

Abroad to Career

Now that you are back and planning for graduation, you may also be preparing to go out and start your career.   One of the most common questions we get in our office from Alumni is “How do I incorporate Study Abroad onto my Resume?” 

The Study Abroad Office at CSU, Chico works closely with the CSU, Chico Career Center.  They have kindly provided study abroad alumni with resources to graduate from college and and work in an exciting field which will utilize the skills garnered from experience abroad. 

The Career Center has also helped us with this page to provide you with tips and information.  For more information on the Career Center, visit their website at or visit their office in the Student Services Center, Room 270. 

Some examples of skills gained through Study Abroad that you can put on your Resume:

  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Intercultural Communication Skills
  • Global Business Practices
  • Diversity Training
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Self-reliance
  • Self-confidence
  • Language Skills

Incorporating Study Abroad onto your Resume

Study Abroad can be listed under your Education

If you did an internship or job abroad, it can be listed under your work experience

You can create an entire section on your resume  called “International Experience”

Add a bullet  point in the education section of your resume under the University where you studied listing any specific studies (i.e., language, culture, international business, etc.) that you took

Cover Letters and Job Interviews

A cover letter is an excellent chance for you to sell yourself and to match your skills to those that the employer needs.  If it is appropriate to mention your International experience in your cover letter to highlight a skill, then go for it! Remember to keep your cover letter on point though, and not to ramble on about your experience.

During your interview, remember to only use stories from abroad that highlight a skill or help to answer a question about you.  As we all know, it is very easy to start talking about our experience overseas and to end up going off on a tangent.

For more information on the Career Center and their services, visit their website at or visit their office in the Student Services Center, Room 270.