Research shows how studying abroad can make you smarter

Research into the effects of study- and work-abroad experiences has recently come to the conclusion that you may come back from your time in another country with an ability to think more complexly and creatively – and this may make you professionally more successful as a result.

For example: A study led by William Maddux, an associate professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD, found that among students enrolled in an international MBA program, their "multicultural engagement"—the extent to which they adapted to and learned about new cultures—predicted how “integratively complex” their thinking became.

That is, students who adopted an open and adaptive attitude toward foreign cultures became more able to make connections among disparate ideas. The students’ multicultural engagement also predicted the number of job offers they received after the program ended.

More generally, writes Maddux, "People who have international experience or identify with more than one nationality are better problem solvers and display more creativity, our research suggests. What’s more, we found that people with this international experience are more likely to create new businesses and products and to be promoted."

You can read more about this study from where it was originally published on the TIME Magazine website.

The Life After University page on our website, also includes a short report on graduate job prospects with an Australian or New Zealand university qualification.  On this page you can also read through some of our graduate success stories.

Contact Study Options if you want to find out more about how to apply to study abroad in Australia or New Zealand.

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