[CHE] New Study Abroad Focus is Job Skills

The Chronicle of Higher Education – October 17, 2010

“Study Abroad’s New Focus Is Job Skills”

By Karin Fischer


Even in an increasingly global economy, few companies set out to hire recent graduates who have studied or interned abroad. More than one survey of employers ranks international study low among cocurricular activities in its relevance to the workplace.

One problem, argues Ms. Matherly, who is now assistant provost for global education at the University of Tulsa, is that students don’t know how to talk about their time overseas in a way that is meaningful to employers.