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Being the first in your family to attend a four-year university is a huge accomplishment and we’re proud you’ve made that step! Our office offers many different ways to engage in education abroad and our advisors are here to help you along the way. Take the leap to explore the world while gaining skills to help you grow as a person and professional.

Students posing in the city
Questions to Consider:
  • Have I spoken to a study abroad advisor, my academic advisor and someone in financial aid to learn what my options are?
  • Have a talked to any of my peers about their study abroad experiences?
  • Have I talked to my support system of families and/or friends about my plans to study abroad?
  • Have I inquired about financial resources, scholarships and grants?
  • Will the financial cost of a program influence the options that I consider?
  • How will I budget for my study abroad experience?
  • Is the cost of living higher or lower at my host institution and host culture?
Questions generated by the NC State Study Abroad Office 
External Resources
Below are resources to help you better understand how your identity may impact your experience abroad.?

IES Abroad's First-Generation Resources

Go Abroad's Tips & Tales: First Gen Students Abroad
How to Overcome First Generation Hurdles while Studying Abroad

On-Campus Support
Identity work can be difficult, yet rewarding. However, you do not have to go through this process alone. There are offices on campuses available to support you! If you would like to talk through the "Questions to Consider" or other concerns you may have related to this topic, you can reach out to the offices below.

First Generation Student Success Team (listed at the bottom of the page)
Check out our video on race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status and study abroad! We review some of the resources listed on this page, walk through the "questions to consider" with the Assistant Director of Multicultural and Multi-Ethnic Education, and give a general overview of our education abroad offerings.