Employer Attitudes toward Study Abroad


  • Stevan Trooboff
  • Michael Vande Berg
  • Jack Rayman




Employer attitudes, Study abroad, Study abroad professionals


As an extension to a previous study that investigated 26 surveyed employers and ten directors of “campus international affairs offices” about their respective attitudes toward the value of study abroad, this article presents a study that focuses on the various types of employers who hire US undergraduates for entry-level positions. The purpose of this study was to examine what could be done to convince employers to respond in sufficient numbers to support the validity of the data.





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Author Biographies

Stevan Trooboff

Stevan Trooboff currently serves as President and CEO of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), Inc. and its subsidiaries. His experience prior to joining CIEE was in the travel and management consulting industries where he was the owner, founder, and president of a number of organizations started between 1970–1980, and sold during the 1980’s. Dr. Trooboff holds a Master and Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard University, where he was a Baker Scholar, an award given only to the top 5% of the graduating class. In addition, he has authored several books and numerous educational materials.

Michael Vande Berg

Michael J. Vande Berg is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at CIEE. He has worked as an international educator for more than twenty years, holding teaching and administrative positions in Spain, France and the U.S. In addition to numerous articles focusing on international education and on literary movements and figures, he has published English-language translations of Spanish literature. He earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and is a founding member of the Forum on Education Abroad.


Jack Rayman

Jack Rayman is Director of Career Services and Affi liate Professor of Counseling Psychology and Education at Penn State University. He received a B.S in Industrial Administration and English from Iowa State University in 1967 and a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa in 1974. He served on the faculty of Rajang Teachers College as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sarawak, Malaysia from 1967 to 1970 He is the author of more than 40 journal articles and book chapters, and two books. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Fellow in the National Association of Colleges and Employers.


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How to Cite

Trooboff, S., Vande Berg, M., & Rayman, J. (2007). Employer Attitudes toward Study Abroad. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 15(1), 17–34. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v15i1.214