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First Generation College Students Abroad

First generation college students are in a truly unique position to excel in study abroad having already forged a new path for themselves in college. They have become accustomed to and skilled at navigating unfamiliar environments and systems and have learned how to seek out support resources. On the other hand, as the first person in one’s family to attend college, it may be challenging to study abroad depending on financial circumstances and support systems at home and/or on-campus. 

It is helpful to be prepared when talking with family, friends, professors, and advisors about studying abroad. Here are some things to consider:

Define and articulate your reasons and goals for study abroad.

  • Why do you want to study abroad?
  • How will your program and/or city and country of choice impact your future academic and career goals?
  • How do you envision this experience impacting you personally?

Get informed.

  • What is the living situation where you will be studying?
  • What are the estimated costs, including tuition, fees, room, board, flights, and personal travel and expenses?
  • Who can I seek support from on Drexel’s campus?On my host institution’s campus?

Plan for expenses.

  • Research and prepare for scholarship applications. Keep in mind that scholarships all have varying deadlines and requirements so it is best to plan ahead.
    • Drexel University-specific scholarship details can be found here.