Studying abroad: It's a job, not just an adventure

I recently mentioned an article about how students are having a hard time articulating to potential employers what they got out of their studies abroad.

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 7 Signs of Successful Study Abroad Programs mentions something the University of Minnesota does that I think might help that. In short, it connects its overseas programs with students’ academic needs:

Each college needs to connect international-learning experiences to academic needs. The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, for example, has developed its well-known “study-abroad major advising sheets” to do that. Those sheets help students, academic advisers, professors, and study-abroad professionals match overseas programs with academic programs. They are built from study-abroad course articulations and shift the focus of study abroad from an “extracurricular” activity to a “scholastic” one.