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WVU ensures that First-Generation students—that is, students who are the first in their family to complete a traditional four-year degree—have resources and support systems in place to make their global goals a reality.  Regardless of previous international exposure, studying abroad is an approachable process.  From planning to departure to return, you will have both guidance and independence that will foster incredible growth if approached with intentionality.   

As you work through your plans, you should engage your whole network to make decisions that best suit your interests and goals.  Your questions and concerns can be readily addressed by working with an Education Abroad coordinator, your academic advisors, Student Financial Services, and other student services on campus.  It’s also helpful to seek out peer support, and our Education Abroad Student Ambassadors are eager to share their international experiences with potential travelers—talk to a Coordinator about how to get in touch with an EASA!   

As you go through your process, consider these questions: 

  • Are there any concerns or hesitations that I need to address with my family and support network?  What information do I need to share with them to get the help I need? 

  • What aspects of international travel am I excited for?  

  • What information and/or support systems do I need in order to ensure my safety and well-being while abroad? 

  • Am I able to achieve and experience the things I want from this program in a safe way? 

These resources may be helpful when considering how to navigate your international experience as a First-Generation student: 


WVU’s Student Success, First Gen Initiatives: 

Diversity Abroad has a diversity and inclusion abroad guide for underrepresented students in study abroad's free eBook provides comprehensive resources for first generation students.