Studying abroad with IES Abroad is a world-shaking discovery that has long-lasting benefits—just ask our alumni. Our research findings show how their academic interests, cultural development, personal growth, and careers are impacted by their one-of-a-kind IES Abroad experiences.
Recent Graduate Survey
Our recent graduate survey found that study abroad may be one of the best ways for college students to find jobs sooner after graduation, related to their majors, and at a higher starting salary. Study abroad students also show success in being accepted to graduate and professional schools.
50-Year Alumni Survey
In honor of the 50th anniversary of IES Abroad, we conducted the largest quantitative survey of study abroad alumni—the IES Abroad 50-year Alumni Survey. This survey was conducted to assess the long-term impact of study abroad by exploring how our alumni perceive their study abroad experience and its impact on their careers, education, and world views.
- 87% claimed that studying abroad influenced subsequent educational experiences
- 86% said that it reinforced commitment to foreign language study
- 80% reported an enhanced interest in academic study
- 52% attained graduate degrees; of those, 15% received a Ph.D, Ed.D, JD, or medical degree
- 98% reported the study abroad experience helped them to better understand their own cultural values and biases
- 94% stated that the experience continues to influence their interactions with people from different cultures
- 90% said studying abroad influenced them to seek out a greater diversity of friends
- 76% reported they acquired skill sets while studying abroad that influenced their career path
- 62% said studying abroad ignited an interest in a career direction pursued after the experience
- 48% Stated that they have worked internationally or participated in volunteer activities since studying abroad
- 97% Reported that studying abroad served as a catalyst for increased maturity
- 96% Indicated that it increased self confidence
- 95% Stated that it has had a lasting impact on their world view
- 89% Said studying abroad enabled them to better tolerate ambiguity
Survey findings indicate that studying abroad makes a difference — a long-lasting difference — in the lives of its participants, and results demonstrate the far reaching affects the experience has on participants, not only academically but professionally and personally as well.
Articles about Our Findings
We invite you to explore our findings by accessing the many articles and presentations that highlight our research. Links to articles, where available, are included below. Links to back issues that can be ordered for a fee are also provided below in cases where the articles are not provided for free.
Journal of Studies in International Education
- How Study Abroad Shapes Global Careers: Evidence from the United States by Emily Mohajeri Norris and Dr. Joan Gillespie, 2008
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad
- Testing Assumptions: The Impact of Two Study Abroad Program Models by Emily Mohajeri Norris and Dr. Mary Dwyer, Fall 2005
- More is Better: The Impact of Study Abroad Program Duration by Dr. Mary Dwyer, Fall 2004
- Charting the Impact of Studying Abroad by Dr. Mary Dwyer, 2004
Abroad View Magazine
- Career Impact by Courtney Peters, Fall 2004
- Study Abroad: A Lifetime of Benefits by Amy Ruhter McMillan and Gayly Opem, Spring 2004
- Benefits of Study Abroad by Dr. Mary Dwyer and Courtney Peters, March 2004
NAFSA Presentation Excerpts
- IES Abroad Outcomes Assessment Project - NAFSA Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, UT, 2003
PLEASE NOTE: Any and all uses of the 50-year Alumni survey results conducted by IES Abroad, Institute for the International Education of Students, must be accompanied by proper citation.