World Language Careers

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Our graduates work in a variety of fields, including translation, education, medical care, and international and U.S. nonprofits. In recent years, many seniors have had job offers prior to graduation.

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

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.

(The 2012 IES Abroad Recent Graduate Study was conducted in March 2012 to assess the impact study abroad has on a recent graduate’s prospects in securing employment and/or attending graduate school directly after earning a degree from a four-year college or university in the United States. George Fox students have participated in programs abroad sponsored by IES and other organizations. Source: