This book is an indispensable how-to guide on flourishing when studying abroad, and how to use an international education to begin a fulfilling career after graduation.
Written in an engaging and accessible style, using many examples, case studies, and links to resources, the book reduces the stress of studying abroad. Covering all aspects of the international student experience – inside and outside the classroom – the book encourages young people to perform their very best and succeed in their new environment.
International students preparing for cross-cultural learning and recent graduates looking for employment will find this book both practical and inspiring.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Optimizing Success as an International Student
Part I: Succeeding in Your Studies: Applying, Adjusting and Mastering
2. Preparing for International Learning
3. Adjusting to Your New Environment
4. Essential Classroom Skills (I): Exams and Tests
5. Essential Classroom Skills (II): Oral Presentations, Group Work and Becoming a Proactive Learner
Part II: The Triple M Career Roadmap: Me, Market and Match
6. Me and Market: Knowing Yourself and Potential Employers
7. Match (I): The Résumé
8. Match (II): The Interview
9. Lasting Achievements
Thomas R. Klassen is a Professor at York University in Toronto, Canada. He has taught in a variety of programmes, including the IMBA at the Schulich School of Business, the Department of Political Science, the School of Public Policy and Administration, and the Faculty of Health. He has taught university courses in South Korea (at Yonsei University) and Germany (at the University of Konstanz). He divides his time between Toronto, Canada, and Seoul, South Korea.
Christine Menges is Director of the Career Center, MBA Programs, at the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, one of Germany’s top business schools according to major national and international rankings. She has crafted WHU’s career counselling approach and placement strategy for students with work experience, and forges networks with industry leaders. She holds a PhD in management with a special focus on mentoring from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.
Featured Author Profiles
"In over 20 years of working with international students I haven’t seen a book that is so tailored to their needs. Studying overseas is challenging but ultimately rewarding. This guide is an A to Z of how to study, work and live abroad successfully. It should be mandatory reading for all international students." — Jane Barrett, co-author of Taking Charge of Your Career
"As a university professor who has both studied and taught in several different countries, I strongly recommend A Guide to Studying Abroad, which does exactly what its title promises. Clearly written and accessible, the book features precious insight on how to apply successfully to international programs, adjust to life in a foreign land, ace tests and exams and, finally, on how to get ready for the job market and prepare a winning resume. A must read for current and potential international students from all over the world." — Daniel Béland, Professor, Department of Political Science, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
"The Essential Guide to Studying Abroad is an amazing book that answers just about every possible question you might have about studying overseas. It is the "Lonely Planet" for the journey of international students. The book gives practical information for the entire student journey including the step into the job market." — Jelda Veninga, Senior Career Consultant, TIAS School for Business and Society, Netherlands
"As a former international student myself and now an international educator who cares deeply about the internationalization of academia, I highly recommend the book. This is an invaluable manual for international students and valuable resource for anyone interested in the success of young people studying abroad." — Naim Kapucu, Professor and Director, School of Public Administration, University of Central Florida, USA
"As a university career management professional, working in an increasingly global environment, I find this book immensely helpful. We’re constantly looking for new ways to support our growing body of international students. This book presents inspirational as well as hands-on practical advice." — Cecilia Frietsch, Head of Career Management and Professional Development, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden
"With advice for every step of the way, from considering studying abroad through to completion and next steps, this book provides useful insights and signposts to resources that will aid students to make the most of their international adventure. It is easy to dip in and out of the chapters which cover topics relevant to both prospective and current international students. As a higher education professional advising, teaching and supporting international students, I found it an interesting read and a useful reminder of the whole international student experience." — Julie Blant, Postgraduate Careers Manager, Nottingham University Business School, UK
"The guidance this volume offers is based on a full understanding of both the benefits and challenges of studying abroad. The book provides experience-based, practical guidance for getting effectively and strategically prepared to navigate the internationalized higher education and job market. Not only educators and administrators but also tomorrow's international students are strongly encouraged to read this volume." — Masa Higo, Professor, International Student Center, Kyushu University, Japan
"With an increasing number of international students in an ever-globalizing world, this book serves as a useful guide for the challenging journey of international students from application to graduation. The book can read section by section tailored to individual needs. Current students will learn how to improve their classroom skills while those soon to graduate will find practical tips for writing resumes and preparing for job interviews. A book that helps every prospective and current international student." — Yunjeong Yang, Professor, Graduate School of International and Area Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea
"This book is a roadmap for studying abroad, bringing together a wide variety of techniques and skills from academic preparation to securing employment after graduation. Highly recommended for all students seeking international exposure and experience." — Nopraenue Dhirathiti, Acting Vice President for International Relations, and Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Mahidol University, Thailand
"As a former international student, I strongly recommend this book to help international students navigate their way to success." — Irene Blackberry, Chair and Director, John Richards Centre for Rural Ageing Research, La Trobe University, Australia