First-Generation Students

Hong Kong, Hong Kong Hawk - Paul Morgan

As a first generation student, studying abroad may seem out of your reach, but there are many resources to help you incorporate it into your academic goals. Please reach out to our office to discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding studying abroad. We may be able to connect you with previous study abroad participants to discuss the specifics of the program you are interested in.

Studying abroad is an investment in yourself. Life is full of obstacles, but the Study Abroad staff is here to help you find a way over or around whatever obstacles impact you to make this experience possible.

Benefits of Study Abroad

  • Programs can vary in length: you can study for a summer, quarter, semester, or year
  • Financial aid applies to UC Santa Cruz Study Abroad, UCEAP, UC Quarter and Summer Abroad and may apply to independent programs: the cost of studying abroad could be the same as attending UC Santa Cruz (sometimes less)
  • You may earn major and minor credit
  • Gain work or research experience through an internship or volunteering abroad
  • Develop foreign language skills 
  • Enhance your resume for job or graduate school applications. Many employers view study abroad as an admirable attribute; it can display an applicant’s flexibility, cultural adaptability, and experience with diverse populations.  Having a study abroad experience on your resume can help set you apart in today’s competitive job market!

Questions to Discuss with a Study Abroad Advisor

  • Since no one in my family has ever studied abroad, who can help me check to see that I am on the right track as I plan?
  • Is it okay if I schedule an extra appointment with my study abroad advisor if I'm not sure what to do?
  • How do I talk to my family and friends about study abroad?
  • What resources are available to me?
  • How will I make studying abroad affordable?
  • Are there additional funding sources I can look into to help finance study abroad?


Internal Links

External Links

Diversity Abroad: Resources and with information from helping you pick a program to funding.