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First Generation Students

You may or may not have envisioned study abroad as a part of your degree. However, off-campus study in the US or abroad is an incredible opportunity for Denisonians to take advantage of, and one that can help you make the most of your education. As a trailblazer, you probably have experience in figuring out how to handle unexpected challenges, and can apply those skills to OCS programs to learn new concepts in your chosen field, develop a better understanding of the world and your place in it, and gain professional experience to help you in your future career.

You may have questions about how to gain support from your family for study abroad, how the courses you take will count toward your degree, or how to cover the costs. The Center for Global Programs offers group advising and one-on-one support throughout the process, whether you are just thinking of getting started, applying, or even returning home with your new experiences. We can also connect you to Global Ambassadors, peer mentors who have already successfully navigated the off-campus study process and can help you to do the same.

Below we have included some helpful resources to serve as a guide.  Did you know that our Center has a staff member dedicated to helping students navigate their identity and build resources for study abroad? We welcome you to discuss your situation and plans further with us by making an appointment or sending us an email: Meghan Mason, We’re here to help you, as long as you take the first step to reach out. 

The First Generation Students Study Abroad Guide  

Making the Decision to Study Abroad as a First-Gen Student article from Diversity Abroad 

Why Should Go Abroad brochure

3 Benefits of Study Abroad List 

IES Abroad First-Generation Resources 

USAC Packing your First-Gen Suitcase Article 

How to Talk to Your Parents About Study Abroad During COVID-19 USAC article

I’m First (First-Gen Community Network) Student Blogs on Study Abroad