Showcasing Your Study Abroad Experience On Your Resumé

Showcasing Your Study Abroad Experience On Your Resumé


So you’ve completed your semester abroad. But now, you’re applying for internships or jobs, and you need to make your resumé stand out. How can you make the most of your study abroad experience on your resumé?

In today’s global economy, an international experience is a valuable thing to have. But, with more and more students studying abroad, some employers are starting to realize that all study abroad experiences are not created equal. Completing a challenging, immersion experience such as the AUCP can speak wonders about your work ethic, your willingness to take risks, your extreme adaptability, and of course your language skills.

The first thing to do is to think about how study abroad changed you. Are you more independent or willing to try new things? Did you develop your ability to mediate and understand cross-cultural situations? Are you more confident in your ability to adapt to new situations or solve complex problems? These are things that employers are looking for!

Look over the job listings that you’re applying for. Keeping your abroad experience in mind, highlight the keywords and traits that the employer is looking for. Below, you’ll find some examples of texts that you can include on your resumé to describe the various aspects of your experience abroad with the AUCP.

Education or Experience

Here is an example of an AUCP Resumé entry that you can include under either an « Education » section or under « Experience » (obviously, you’d change the TEF/IDI scores according to your results).

Advanced French Immersion Study Abroad, Aix-en-Provence, France, September – December 2014
American University Center of Provence (AUCP)

  • Participated in a highly selective full-immersion, all French language study abroad program
  • Developed French language proficiency owing to a French-taught university curriculum (including direct-enrollment course work with French students Aix-Marseille Université ou Institut d’Etudes Politiques/Science Po) and French language pledge
    • Obtained the TEF Certificate of Proficiency in French (Test d’Evaluation du Français) level B2
  • Gained in-depth knowledge of French culture and society through intercultural communications training, individual-placement in French host family and weekly community service
    • Obtained the IDI Certificate of Intercultural Competence (Intercultural Development Inventory) 120/145

Advanced French Immersion Study Abroad, Marseille, France, September – December 2014
American University Center of Provence (AUCP)

  • Participated in a highly selective full-immersion, all French language study abroad program with additional instruction in Arabic
  • Developed French language proficiency owing to French-taught university curriculum and French language pledge
    • Obtained the TEF Certificate of Proficiency in French (Test d’Evaluation du Français) level B2
  • Gained in-depth knowledge of the French and North African cultures and societies through intercultural communications training and individual-placement in French and Moroccan host families and weekly community service
  • Participated in an intensive week of conferences and excursions in francophone Fez, Morocco
    • Obtained the IDI Certificate of Intercultural Competence (Intercultural Development Inventory) 120/145

Internationally Recognized Certificates

If you have more space, you can take the IDI/TEF scores and include them in a “Certification” or “Skills” section on your resumé, where you indicate the name of the test, your score, and a quick summary of what that score means. Look at your IDI/TEF scores and analysis in relation to this document that explains the IDI or this document that explains the TEF.

Example below:

IDI (International Development Inventory), December 2014: 120/145 – Acceptance
The IDI is an internationally recognized certificate that measures an individual’s fundamental worldview orientation to cultural difference and his/her capacity for intercultural comptence.

TEF (Test d’Evaluation de Français), December 2014: Level C1 (CECR) / ACTFL Superior
Organized by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the TEF (Test d’Evaluation de Français) is an internationally recognized certificate attesting to French language competence according to European norms.

Certificates of Competence

Are you interested in getting more experience in oenology, TEFL or cooking? Use the AUCP Certificates of Competence and Participation to your advantage! Here are some sample texts that you can include on your « Education », « Skills » or « Experiences » section of your resumé.

Culture & Business of French Wine Certification
Aix-en-Provence, France. Spring 2015
40 hours of practical and theoretical instruction in collaboration with the Institut d’OEnologie d’Aix-en-Provence, with a three-hour written final examination and a blind tasting, demonstrating full knowledge of France’s grape varieties, the specificities of the great wine-making regions, and a wide vocabulary for appreciating and describing the characteristics, origins and classifications of French wine.

TEFL 30-hour Certification
Aix-en-Provence, France. Spring 2015
A 30-hour TEFL Certificate Program including modules on lesson planning, grammar & syntax, interactive learning, evaluation of learning needs, and assessment for validation and/or motivatgion. Included 15 hours of teaching practice with French English-learners.

Certificates of Participation

Oenology Course
Aix-en-Provence, France. Spring 2015
Extracurricular certificate course in the vocabulary and techniques of tasting and making wines: exploration of grape varieties and their characteristics, how to read and understand wine labels, determine quality, and describe and appreciate the complexity of wine. The eight-hour, four-part course explored the specific characteristics of wines from the Côtes du Rhone, Bordeaux, Bourgogne, and Champagne.

Provençale Cooking Course
Aix-en-Provence, France. Spring 2015
Extracurricular certificate course in French Mediterranean cuisine: selection of quality produce, menu planning, as well as the art and basic principles of preparing and presenting wholesome, simply prepared dishes. The twelve-hour, four-part course offered hands-on training in the preparation of regional specialties, including select meats, fish, vegetables, and desserts.

alumni stack up image via Life After Study Abroad

The Bottom Line?

A study abroad experience is a killer addition to your resumé. Remember, you’re unique! Your AUCP experience sets you apart, giving you concrete linguistic and cross-cultural skills that are valuable to employers in today’s global workplace.

Overall, resumés are very personal and can change according to what kind of job you’re applying to. It will be up to you how much information you’d like to include regarding your skills. Depending on how much space you have, the name of the test or certificate could suffice, and you could then provide details in your cover letter. Keep in mind that sharing your AUCP Study Abroad Experience in your resumé & cover letter will likely incite curiosity in the eyes of the hiring team, and they’ll probably ask you to develop on your experience during an interview.  Think about how you’ll illustrate your skills with an anecdote or with information that is not already in your cover letter.


Check back soon for more alumni-geared posts on Le Blog! If you have a story about how your AUCP Study Abroad experience helped you nail an interview, contact us, we’d love to hear about it!