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New Research: Study Abroad Fosters “Clearer Sense of Self”

May 25, 2018

Two points to make: First, this study, https://hbr.org/2018/05/how-living-abroad-helps-you-develop-a-clearer-sense-of-self, appears in the Harvard Business Review which is not where I’d expect to find research  on this topic; second, the five co-authors tested their hypothesis that “living abroad will increase self concept clarity across six studies involving 1,874 participants.” I was interested in their finding that participant self-discerning… Read More ›

My Point of View on Study Abroad & Its Impact on Career Development & Employability – Three Video Presentations…

I hope you enjoy watching these presentations which deliver my point of view – well known if you follow me here or @tillman_marty – on a topic which continues to resonate on campuses and with private organizations in the international education field.  This year, the political turmoil in the United States and within the EU… Read More ›

Latest U.S. Survey on Impacts of Studying Abroad & Linkage to Student Employability

At the recent IIE (Institute for International Education) Generation Study Abroad “Summit” held in Washington, D.C., a research survey report was released: “Gaining an Employment Edge:  The Impact of Study abroad on 21st century Skills and Career Prospects in the United States, 2013-2016.” https://www.iie.org/Why-IIE/Announcements/2017-10-02-Gaining-an-Employment-Edge  The survey is important because of its size – over 4,500 alumni… Read More ›


Anthony C. Ogden, PhD, Executive Director of Education Abroad and Exchanges at Michigan State University, has crafted an important resource for all professionals in the education abroad field.  I think it’s also quite relevant for anyone working in any aspect of international education – on and off campus.  I’m very pleased that he has included… Read More ›

My Work Cited in Study of Impact of International Experience on Employability of Chinese Students

I’m very pleased to find my work cited in a new research report issued by the Centre for Global Higher Education in London. An excerpt is at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-work-cited-study-impact-international-experience-career-tillman  International and transnational learning in higher education: a study of students’ career development in China by Ka Ho Mok, Xiao Han, Jin Jiang and Xiaojun Zhang The full… Read More ›

The Destruction of Anbar University & Finding a Pathway to the Future for its Students

I’m just back from the 69th NAFSA: Association of International Educators annual conference in Los Angeles.  It’s my 40th year of membership in NAFSA. My career has circled through many many upheavals on the world stage – and the conference has grown so large (9,700 in attendance from 107 nations) in scope that it’s become… Read More ›

On the Importance of Linking International Experience to Employability-New Essays/New Ideas

Career Integration: Reviewing the Impact of Experience Abroad on Employment (No.2), has just been published by the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center & CAPA. See this volume – and the first one (2014) – at Publications || || Learning Abroad Center.  The two volumes are outcomes of conferences held in 2014 and 2016 bringing together several hundred… Read More ›

Disconnect Between What Students Prefer to Study & Where Jobs Are in Workforce

I think the nexus of the conundrum facing higher education  institutions for years to come is reflected in the post header. A new survey, Career Satisfaction, https://www.sokanu.com/analytics/degree-satisfaction, of 22,000 undergrads by the career support firm, Sokanu finds that “…jobs that are among the most in-demand and high-paying among employers are among the least popular among college… Read More ›

How Employability Strengthens the Value Proposition of Study Abroad

In recent years, professionals in the international education industry have focused on making the case for study abroad (and international internships) by addressing its value on these terms: the experience creates global citizens, creates career-ready graduates, builds essential (sometimes industry-specific) professional skills and cross-cultural competencies, strengthens linguistic ability, and fosters a better understanding of critical… Read More ›

A Students’ Place in the World

In the cycle of life, it’s that time once again. Students are graduating from colleges and universities across the country and for many, the unanswered question is: Now what? Shortly, NAFSA: Association of International Educators will conduct its annual international conference in Denver. And one of its major speakers is NY Times columnist, David Brooks…. Read More ›