World Language Careers

Our graduates work in a variety of fields, including translation, education, medical care, and international and U.S. nonprofits. In 2019, 60% of all George Fox undergraduates had offers of employment or had been accepted to grad school at the time of their graduation. Two months after graduation, this figure increased to 79%.

When looking through resumes for a program coordinator, the first thing I look at is language skills, and the second thing I look at is international experience in the developing world."

- Adam Moore, Program Director, Central America & Caribbean, Medical Teams International
world languages student

Almost all world languages students complete an internship and study abroad.

Studying abroad can jump-start your career. A recent graduate survey by The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES Abroad) indicated that alumni landed jobs sooner after graduation (related to their majors) and at a higher salary.

Findings included:

  • IES Abroad alumni earn, on average, $7,000 more in starting salaries, compared to recent U.S. college graduates from the general population.
  • Ninety-seven percent of alumni secured a job within one year after graduation, compared to only 49 percent of respondents in the general college graduate population.
  • Ninety percent of alumni got into their first or second graduate or professional school of choice.
  • Eighty-four percent of alumni felt that studying abroad helped them build valuable job skills, such as language proficiency, cultural training, tolerance for ambiguity, adaptability and communication.