A university’s international office advances their school’s mission around global education. Passionate about how intercultural understanding makes societies stronger, the staff work to help students learn about other cultures, develop an openness to different ways of thinking, or improve their foreign language skills.
They connect their students to opportunities for studying outside of the United States, and recruit international students and scholars to their campus for study, research, or intercultural exchange. They also support international students and scholars as they adjust to their new environment.
If you’re enthusiastic about living and studying overseas, and want to bring that experience to others, a career in international higher education might be for you. Here are some common roles where graduates of our International Higher Education and Intercultural Relations master’s program are doing meaningful work.
Study Abroad Advisor
As a study abroad advisor, you’d bring the study abroad experience to the students on your campus. In study abroad, students study overseas for a few weeks, or a semester or two.
You might help develop and manage faculty-led programs where a professor takes a group of undergrads overseas for a specific objective. You'd likely coordinate exchange programs where an overseas school sends its students to your school, and vice versa. Study abroad advisors also evaluate external study abroad providers that offer programs to students from many universities.
Advisors help students understand their options. They assist them in navigating the study abroad process—from applying to programs and getting ready for departure, to supporting the students while overseas and once they return home.
Amanda Roshan-Rawaan ’10 was a study abroad advisor at Georgia State University and is now the assistant director for the Office of Overseas Study at Indiana University, Bloomington. Amanda supervises 4 full-time study abroad advisors and 12 peer counselors. She advises for the university’s programs in Germany, Austria, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as for inbound exchange students from partner universities.
“I love talking about study abroad—from advising a student in my office to tabling at an event with prospective freshman and their families, or strategizing with departments about how to increase their students’ participation rates. One aspect I like the most is framing study abroad as a ‘can do.’ How it can be affordable, how you can graduate on time, and how you can be safe while overseas,” she says.