Study Abroad: First Generation Students

Students who are the first in their family to attend a college or university work hard to get there, and studying abroad can be the next challenging stride toward success. We are committed to offering accessible experiences to all UMass students, and studies suggest that first generation college students are uniquely positioned to succeed abroad through their proven ability to seek new and exciting opportunities. While attending a college or university is an achievement to be proud of, it is important to also consider the additional opportunities that can enhance your overall academic and personal experience in addition to future career opportunities.

As a first generation college student you and your parents or guardians may have many questions regarding funding, safety, academics and culture. While your family may not be able to guide you through this process, Education Abroad advisors are here to answer any questions and provide you with the resources to make study abroad relevant & accessible.