Required post-travel orientation | All students returning from an Olin Global Program must enroll in the required orientation course INT 300B. This is a 0.5 credit hour course that acts as the companion course to INT 300A, which is the required orientation course taken prior to participating in a study abroad program. INT 300B will help students integrate their international experience into their career goals and how to market this experience to future employers. This class will also address issues with re-acclimating to America and provide returning students with a chance to share their experiences with students who are preparing to study abroad.

Career Integration | Use your study abroad experience to launch your career! Consult with the Career Center about international opportunities and showcasing your study abroad experience.

Update your Resume & Cover Letter | The Weston Career Center has prepared the Overseas Experience document that is designed to help you highlight your international experience on your resume, cover letter, and in interviews.

Global Competence | Global competence refers to the acquisition of in-depth knowledge and understanding of international issues, an appreciation of and ability to learn and work with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, proficiency in a foreign language, and skills to function in an increasingly global society. Global Competency is a key to success in today’s job market. Students gain many transferable skills through study abroad that are applicable to many academic disciplines and occupations. The following are a few of the global competency skills sought after by employers.

Skills and Abilities Associated with Study Abroad
Understand cultural differences and similaritiesHandle stress and difficult situations
Ask thoughtful questionsConduct research despite language and cultural differences
Learn through listeningAdapt to changing circumstances
Communicate despite barriersProblem solving
flexibility/adaptabilityManage ambiguity comfortably

Articulate the Experience | Whether you decide to start a job search abroad or in the United States, apply to graduate school, or simply take some time off, it will be helpful to be able to articulate the lessons and skills you learned abroad. You can and should always find a relevant way to incorporate your study abroad experience into an interview. Think of specific examples related to your experiences abroad that have demonstrated your ability and global competency skills.

Explore additional resources in the Study Abroad Handbook.