Marketing Your International Experience

Adding Study Abroad/International Experience to Your Resume

Study Abroad Action Verbs

Adapted Explored Learned Recognized
Awarded Fostered Lived Represented
Built Immersed Managed Researched
Collaborated Implemented Organized Shared 
Cooperated Improved Overcame Translated
Developed Interpreted Practiced Traveled
Exchanged Involved Realized Visited

Example 1

List your study abroad experience in the Education section of your resume. You may want to include specific skills 
relevant to your academic experience.


Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
Bachelor of Arts, Expected May 2012
Major: International Relations   Minor: Spanish   G.P.A. 3.57
Honors: Dean's List (2010-2011)

Study Abroad, School for International Training, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Fall 2010)
Completed coursework in Business and Economics 


School for International Training, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Study Abroad (Fall 2010)

    • Immersed in Latin American culture, society, and traditions
    • Involved in intensive Spanish language skills training
    • Traveled independently throughout the city
    • Learned to establish rapport quickly with classmates despite language and cultural differences

Example 2

You may choose to list your study abroad experience in both, the Education and Experience sections of your resume. Include a specific aspect of your study abroad experience as part of your experience, including those skills gained through your time abroad.


Spanish Tutor, Language Resource Center, South Hadley, MA (July 2011-December 2011) 

    • Encouraged and assisted students in building self-confidence in written communication and public speaking
    • Clarified grammar points and helped students improve their pronunciation
    • Assisted with word choice and organization of ideas for essays and presentations

Study AbroadSchool for International Training, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Fall 2010)                                                                             

    • Independently established contacts with local human rights organizations
    • Explored human rights issues and prepared challenging questions to research within human rights organizations
    • Selected and scheduled interviews with the founders of 5 local human rights organizations
    • Compiled information, wrote final report of findings and presented in Spanish

Example 3

You may also include study and work abroad experiencesin a separate, International Experience section on your 
resume. This option is appropriate when you’ve had multiple experiences abroad.

International Experience

Intern, CODESEDH, Buenos Aires, Argentina (July 2011-December 2011)
  • Worked twice a week for two hours each day at a human rights organization 
  • Translated legal documents, both English to Spanish and Spanish to English 
  • Interpreted conversations between the company and international partner organizations during meetings

Research Intern, National University of Lanus, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Summer 2011)
  • Maintained, researched and updated “Human Rights, Children and Migration” database
  • Translated documents from Spanish to English
  • Edited and reviewed working papers 
  • Honed strong writing, editing and proofreading skills
Study Abroad Participant, School for International Training, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Fall 2010)
  • Directly immersed into Latin American culture,society and tradition
  • Attended intense 6 week Spanish language workshop and gained proficiency in Spanish
  • Collaborated with classmates to complete group assignments despite language and cultural differences
  • Quickly adapted to the environment and learned how to navigate through the city

Independent Research Project, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Fall 2010)
  • Conducted in-depth study of human rights and immigration policy
  • Analyzed immergence of human rights organizations in Argentina
  • Attended the witness testimony of the founder of the human rights organization “Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo”, detailing human rights violations committed against her family under the military dictatorship 
  • Combined research into a comprehensive report and presented findings at college wide symposium

Possible Outcomes of an International Experience

Transferable Skills
  • Establish rapport quickly
  • Dealing with ambiguity and change
  • Achieve goals despite obstacles
  • Take initiative and take risks
  • Time management skills
  • Identify problems and utilize available resources to solve the problems
  • Accept responsibility
  • Communicate despite barriers
  • Learn quickly
  • Handle difficult situations
  • Handle stress
  • Lead others in informal or formal groups
  • Conduct research despite language and cultural differences
  • Cope with rejection
  • Adapt to new environments
  • Learning through listening and observing
  • Function with a global perspective
  • Learn through mistakes
  • Perform in an environment with adverse conditions
  • Acting diplomatically and building relationships
  • Creating visions for the future and how you fit
  • Creating strategies that translate into action
  • Self-reliance
  • High energy level/enthusiasm
  • Appreciation of diversity
  • Perseverance
  • Flexibility
  • Open-mindedness
  • Assertiveness
  • Inquisitiveness
  • Self-confidence
  • Self-knowledge
  • Independence
  • Openness to relocation
  • Diplomatic

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