Studying abroad gives you more job opportunities

Almost 27,000 2016 graduates have had international experience and in 88% of cases they are very positive, improving education and facilitating employment.
26 February 2018

Studying abroad makes a big difference. Besides promoting cultural, solidarity, historical and scientific values ​​that facilitate the process of integration, having studied abroad thanks to international programmes increases the chances of finding work by 12% just one year after graduation. And this all else being equal.

How many Italian students go abroad? There are 27,000 2016 graduates (almost 11%) who participated in study abroad programmes recognised by their course of study.

The most popular destination is Spain, chosen by 25% of those who travelled abroad, followed by France (12%), Germany (10%) and the United Kingdom (7%), confirming the trend established in previous years.

Eighty-eight percent of the graduates who took part in these international programmes considered the experience to be very satisfactory, while the support provided by the university was judged positively by only 32% of graduates. In addition, 77% of graduates who participated in this experience took exams abroad that were then validated in Italy.

Who are the graduates who choose to undertake study abroad

In the 19th AlmaLaurea Graduate Profile Report it emerges that the "3+2" graduates who choose to undertake study abroad tend to do it during the two-year master's degree instead of during the first level. In fact, the study abroad experiences recognised by the degree course involved about 8% of first-level graduates, 15% of single-cycle and two-year master's graduates. Among the latter, however, another 5% did not participate in programmes during the two-year period but rather travelled abroad during the first three years. Therefore, 19% of graduates had a study experience abroad in their area of study, a result close to the target set for 2020 at a European level (20%).

Moreover, participation in study abroad programmes varies appreciably according to the faculty, reflecting long-standing imbalances. The experiences of study abroad recognised by the university are quite frequent only among the students of linguistics ("only" 31% of graduates), while in all other faculties, apart from medicine and dentistry (19%) and architecture (15%), mobility involves less than 15% of graduates. Particularly low values ​​are found not only in the health disciplines, where only 2% of graduates took part in these programmes, but also for teaching and physical education graduates (both 3%).

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