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How should I list my study abroad experience on my resume?


If you took classes abroad, then the experience should be listed in the EDUCATION section of your Resume.  Put it right below the school you attend or graduated from making sure that the formatting is consistent with all entries. Remember to put the school name, location, and dates.  Here is an example:

Tennessee Tech University
BS in Computer Science
Dean’s List all semesters
Karlstad University, Sweden
Concentration in Computer Science
Gilman Scholarship


If you worked abroad in an internship or a co-op, it should be listed under PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE in your Resume. Remember to put the job title, company name, dates worked, and duties and achievements on a bullet-point list. Try to put numbers wherever you can to show real impact. Here is an example:

2019– Present
Cookevegas Times, Cookeville, TN
Content Specialist
  • Wrote 70+ high-traffic articles optimized for search engines.
  • Prepared copy for 20+ landing pages. 
Best English School, Cusco, Peru
English Teacher
  • Taught general English lessons to groups of up to 10 cross-cultural adult learners.
  • Prepared and conducted 100+ business English lessons to Peruvians working for international corporations.
  • Collaborated with a team of teachers and teaching assistants to develop cultural awareness among teenage students.


The skills you gained on your experience are numerous so they should certainly be listed on your Resume.  Remember to focus on your top skills, do not list everything. Here are some examples:

Adaptability Communication Skills
Confidence and independence                     Critical thinking
Cultural awareness Interpersonal skills
Language skills Leadership skills
Open-mindedness Organizational skills
Problem-solving skills Sensitivity to economic and political issues
Teamwork skills Tolerance


A cover letter is also an excellent opportunity to highlight your experience abroad and focus on what's relevant to the job.  Here are some tips:

  • First of all, decide on the right format.
  • Then, research the best way to start a cover letter.
  • Next, show how your study abroad experience can benefit the company.
  • Make sure the last paragraph calls the recruiter to action.
  • Check the length of your cover letter.

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