The decision to travel abroad as a first-generation college student may be new territory for you and your family or friends. There are many resources available to help prepare you to study, research or intern abroad!
- Have you determined your own personal, academic and professional goals associated with your experience abroad?
- Do you know how your experience abroad will fit into your academic plan at UNL?
- What concerns and/or questions might your family or friends have about your international experience? What information might help them feel more comfortable?
- How can you explain to your family that an experience abroad contributes to your academic and career goals?
- What mentors, advisors, family and friends do you rely on while on campus and how can you maintain a similar support system abroad?
- How will you balance being abroad with other opportunities you may have on campus such as requirements for a scholarship or learning community?
Ask your Education Abroad Coordinator and other program staff:
- What are the application requirements for studying/interning/researching abroad?
- What support is available to students while abroad?
- How do students build plans to communicate with family and friends while abroad?
- Are there any resources to help me better describe experiences abroad to family and friends?
- What funding opportunities are available specific to experiences abroad?
Prepare and Research:
- Explore options and look into multiple programs that interest you. Speak with students that have studied or interned abroad in places that are of interest to you.
- Learn about your destination.
- Plan for how you will communicate with friends and family while you are abroad.
- Review the page for First Time Travelers on the Education Abroad website.
- Visit Student Money Management.
- Visit Husker Hub.
- Speak with an Academic Success Coach in the Center for Academic Success and Transition.
- Meet with a well-being Coach at Big Red Resilience & Well-being where you can talk about environmental and cultural well-being along with the other seven dimensions of well-being.
- IES Abroad: Student Voices - Being a First Generation Student Abroad
- Parents and Families page on the Education Abroad website.
- Go Abroad: Meaningful Travel Tips and Tales: First Generation Students Abroad
- If you are participating on an affiliate program, the affiliate organization likely has resources specifically for parents and families. (For example, here is link to the ISA page.)
- Diversity Abroad: First Generation Students Traveling Abroad
- University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center: First Generation Experience Abroad
If I have more questions, who should I contact in the Education Abroad Office?
- Katelyn Kunzman, Education Abroad Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Marnie Nelson, Associate Director, email@example.com