The ROI of Studying Abroad [infographic]

March 10, 2013 |  by  |  Business, Travel

Hi friends! My name is Lindsey, and I am thrilled to announce that I am the new Sunday contributor to Daily Infographic. A little about me: I was born and raised in Austin, Texas, graduated from St. Edward’s University with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Spanish, and am the Alumni Relations Coordinator for a study abroad company specializing in professional development—teaching college students how to leverage their study abroad experience into marketable skills and/or careers. That said, I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off my Sunday stay here than with an infographic on the benefits of studying abroad.

The second semester of my junior year in college was spent indulging in all the flavors, sights, and sounds of Spain. I fell in love, made new friends, learned a second language, and traveled all over Europe in true study abroad student fashion. Little did I know—or care at the time—that this experience was also beginning to define my post-collegiate career goals, giving me marketable skills for the future, and increasing my employability in the eyes of an HR Manager. Deciding to study abroad is one of the best decisions you can make as a college student; the infographic I am featuring today couldn’t agree more. It’s a battlefield out there for us recent grads, we’ve got to do what we can to shine brighter than those we’re up against. Plus, you’ll have the time of your life.

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  • StudentUniverse

    Great piece and nice to see that more people advocate for study abroad

    • Lindsey Lawrence

      Thanks! We gain so much from our international experiences that it’s important to focus on how that translates to our life back home.

  • Ashley Haley

    Love it! Wish it wasn’t college-specific, though – I’d like to see an infographic on the benefits of doing a semester or year abroad in high school, too!

    • Lindsey Lawrence

      I would really like that too. The study abroad company I work for has a high school division. I am going to bring up the idea of creating an infographic that outlines just that. If it comes to fruition, I will be sure to let you know!

      • Ashley Haley


  • Natalie.

    Beautiful infographic. Though my general feeling about studying abroad is that it’s another way for those who can afford it to buy their own success, much like how being able to take an unpaid or low-paid internship (often in a new city) is a near requirement for gaining work experience. These are things that aren’t options for students who are supporting themselves or who don’t come from well-off families.