Studying abroad boosts chances of employment but find housing can be hard

by Ray Clancy on November 24, 2017

Students who study abroad are less likely to suffer from long term unemployment as well as being sought after because of their experience, new research suggests.

Some 64% of employers value international experience and consider it important for recruitment, according to research from the Erasmus Student Network, a not for profit international student organisation.

(Prasit Rodphan/

It says that there are so many benefits to studying abroad, but one of the most helpful is its impact on professional careers. The Erasmus Student Network found that an average of 92% of employers prefer transversal skills in their employees, which you learn when studying abroad.

For example, learning about collaboration, flexibility, different styles of working and the ability to communicate effectively are regarded by employers as being desirable and having a period of study abroad on a CV is noted.

It is also possible that students with overseas experience could get a job more quickly. According to the University of California some 97% of students who studied abroad found a job within 12 months after their college graduation.

By comparison, only 49% of college graduates who did not study abroad were employed within 12 months. Studies also suggest it can boost earning power with 25% who have studied overseas earning 25% more than their peers who did not study abroad.

Students who studied abroad also claimed that their international schooling allowed them to adapt quickly to diverse workplaces. Plus, those students said that they felt more satisfied in their jobs.

However the organisation is warning that one of the most difficult challenges for those studying abroad is accommodation. A research study found that reported discrimination and even fraud and there is a general lack of short term accommodation in many cities in Europe.

Half of students said that finding accommodation was hard and half also found it costly. Landlords were reluctant to rent short term and many were also reluctant to rent to foreigners. However, once they found somewhere to stay some 75% were satisfied with their accommodation.

An average of 17% of students perceived discrimination when looking for accommodation and 12% of them experienced attempted fraud. They experienced less access to information and higher rents, as well as xenophobia and legal restrictions.

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