National study finds that study abroad has a direct impact on skills needed for career success

The study, conducted by the Institute for International Education, included the input of Syracuse Abroad alumni. It investigates the connection between study abroad programs and the development of skills that contribute to employment and career development in today’s workforce. The study was released at the IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad in Washington, DC on October 2, and the full report can be downloaded at  The study shows that studying abroad for longer periods of time has a high impact on subsequent job offers and career advancement as well as the development of foreign language and communication skills.

A key takeaway: Among alumni who studied abroad for one academic year, 68 percent reported studying abroad contributing to a job offer or promotion.