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If you want to work in an international environment after your studies it is important to show that you are internationally orientated and able to speak several languages. If you are an international student in the Netherlands you already took your first step towards this. Another way to show this is to spend some time abroad either on exchange or doing an internship. This shows you are open to other cultures and that you are persevere. Furthermore, during this period you can develop your intercultural competences and languages.

Intercultural competencies and knowledge of languages are becoming more and more important in an increasingly international society. It is often assumed that after a period abroad you become more self-sufficient as you have to take care of yourself in unknown surroundings. Through this experience you learn more about yourself and another culture.

Other advantages:

From research it shows that employers see international experience as valuable experience in the hiring process. A gap year, exchange or internship abroad on your cv distinguishes you from other applicants. Students who went abroad find employment quicker and have a higher starting salary than students without foreign experience.

Also look in the career planner at year 2, year 3 and the master for more information.

Last modified:09 July 2018 3.11 p.m.
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