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Going Abroad: Coming Home & What's Next

How should I discuss my international experience in interviews?

More employers are seeing the value in students’ study abroad experiences. Studying abroad tests a student’s experiential application of cultural knowledge and language skills. Many employers have an idea of what skills are acquired when a student studies abroad, but it’s your job to convince  them. Be prepared to elaborate on the skills you highlighted on your resume with specific examples of your experiences abroad. 

How should I reflect my international experience on my resume?

Students who have lived and studied abroad have the advantage of possessing many unique and exportable skills, such as language ability, cross-cultural adaptability and regional knowledge. Generate a list of key skills you relied on when you were abroad. You might include “problem solving,” “language skills,” or “cross-cultural communication” if you successfully overcame a language barrier. 

I am interested in an international career. What should I do?

Use study abroad to your advantage by exploring summer, short-term, or permanent international job or internship opportunities with U.S.-based or overseas employers. For information on international jobs, go to the Cornell Career Services website

Can I go abroad again as a Cornell student?

Cornell students are required to take a certain number of classes at Cornell in order to graduate. This is called your residency requirement.

How will my courses and grades show on my Cornell transcript?

Your official Cornell transcript will indicate the institution or program you attended, the courses taken, the credits earned, and the grades in their original version. This means your grades will appear exactly as recorded on the official transcript generated by your study abroad program or foreign university. Your grades will not be factored into your Cornell GPA.

When should I expect my grades?

It is your responsibility to request an official transcript from your study abroad program or university. Don't worry if your grades do not arrive right away, grades from foreign universities may take longer to arrive than if you participated in a US study abroad program. Once the Office of Global Learning Education Abroad receives your transcript, we will forward it to the registrar at your college, who will post the grades. Some colleges require you to meet with the registrar before your credits are approved.

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