Work Abroad

International Careers



What does it mean to have an international career?

  • Living abroad on a long-term basis (1 year or more)
  • Short term experiences working abroad (internships, volunteering – 2-12 mos.)
  • Traveling internationally for your work but based in the U.S. (1 week – 1 month)
  • Living and working domestically with international partners

What skills are important for a career abroad?

  • High tolerance for change/stress
  • Function well in ambiguous situations
  • Self confidence
  • Strong intercultural communication and people skills
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Sincere interest in other cultures and international work

How can I prepare for a career abroad? 

Explore International Work:

  • Do some self-assessment
    • Identify your strengths/weaknesses—what skills do you have/need to develop?
  • Explore international aspects of your career interests
    • How can your career interests be international?
  • Research international organizations/firms—global companies!
    • Identify companies who collaborate with foreign partners, do overseas trade, or have branches abroad
  • Network!!
Get international experience! (not always through travel)
  • Study Abroad—semester exchange, 1-2 week programs during academic breaks, summer internships
    • Scholarships are available to each KU Business student who studies abroad in a KU program!
  • Independent Travel
  • Volunteer abroad – while in college or immediately after
  • Interact with international students, faculty, guests
  • Faculty-led experiences through the School of Business
    • Panama, India, Israel, Costa Rica, China
  • International Internships
Build international knowledge!
  • Take a foreign language
  • Attend conferences and professional events through KU that allow you to learn about business practices in other countries
  • Enroll in courses on history and culture of other nations, international business courses
  • Pay attention to international issues, news
  • Choose to meet and build relationships with individuals from different backgrounds and countries than yours
  • When confronted with differences, choose curiosity, not judgment!
  • Use resources like Expatica to learn from expats living abroad on how they navigated finding work, housing, and a social life in a new country. 

Check out the Center for Global Business Studies to find out information on how to acquire international experience while at the University of Kansas School of Business! 


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