Returning home from your time abroad can sometimes feel like as much as an adjustment as going abroad. It is all part of the development process and should be viewed as an integral part of your academic year, semester, and summer abroad experience.
To keep your experience alive, continue your global mindset development and perhaps fulfill those travel-bug needs. We have compiled a list of resources to help you reflect, articulate, and integrate your newly acquired global skillset. You also will find important information transferring your overseas coursework back to Babson.
Education Abroad and Your Career
Only 10 percent of U.S. undergraduates studies abroad before graduating, so this experience distinguishes you from other applicants and gives you a competitive edge. You need to be able to articulate and connect what you learned to the position you are seeking.
Top 10 Tips for Leveraging Your International Experience
- Build upon your international experience, on campus and off
- Utilize your global network including Babson alumni and connections you made abroad
- Identify lessons learned and skills developed
- Define your personal growth in terms of your next step
- Incorporate your experience into your job-search materials and interviews. Meet with a Babson Career Counselor
- Seek out opportunities to work on global, virtual teams
- Refocus your professional development to incorporate your newly acquired international and multicultural skillset
- Leverage language skills
- Go abroad again
- Apply your entrepreneurial passions to your international pursuits
— Adapted from “A Student Guide to Study Abroad,” published by IIE and AIFS
Education Abroad Photo Contest
In celebration of International Education Week, the Glavin Office of International Education sponsors a campus-wide Education Abroad Photo Contest every fall semester, usually in November.
If you have recently returned from an educational experience overseas or at Babson as an exchange/international student, the Education Abroad Photo Contest is a great way to share your experience and contribute to the global understanding of the greater Babson community. All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to enter up to two photos to be considered for judging. Share your story with a photo!
Keep your academic year, semester, and summer abroad experience alive! Here are a few suggestions to stay involved, give back to the community, and continue developing your global mindset:
- Apply to be an Education Abroad Peer advisor to represent your program/host institution at the education abroad fair or sweet send-off and help an incoming exchange students adjust to life at Babson and in the United States
- Become a Glavin Global Fellow
- Enter the International Education Week Photo Contest
- Get involved with an internationally focused or multicultural organization on campus
- Attend the Lessons from Abroad conference. The Lessons From Abroad (LFA) organization seeks to help students make sense of their academic year, semester, or summer abroad experience after they have returned home. LFA offers programming, resources, and research that establishes a community of learners who successfully integrate their international experience in all facets of their academic, personal, and professional lives. We encourage you to visit the LFA Website for resources pertaining to your return from abroad. The annual New England conference takes place in February. We encourage you to attend this event as an opportunity for networking and to reflect on your time abroad. We will reach out to you closer to event date with more information.