Undergraduate Study Abroad

First Generation Students

As a first generation student*, you may be the first person in your family to be presented with the opportunity to study abroad. Speak with a study abroad advisor about your plans for study abroad and any questions you have.  

* "While the term first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parents did not complete a four-year college education, at Brown we encourage students to think of the term more broadly. Any student who self-identifies as having minimal prior exposure to or knowledge of experiences like those at Brown may be considered a first-generation college student..." — Brown Undocumented, First-Generation College and Low-Income Student Center (U-FLi Center) 

Things to Consider:

There are study abroad programs for different lengths of time—semester, full academic year, and summer term. Short-term international options also are offered through the University's Wintersession offerings, and the BE3 Brown experiential learning programs offer combined summer/fall term opportunities.

There are programs that will help fulfill concentration requirements so you can still graduate at your scheduled time.

If you receive financial aid, contact the Office of Financial Aid to learn about how your Brown financial aid will apply to study abroad, review costs and budgeting, and discuss any other scholarship opportunities that you might want to pursue. And be sure to read through Brown University Office of Financial Aid Study Away FAQs. You may also want to look into the IIE Gilman Scholarship, which offers 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 to students eligible for Federal Pell Grants and seeks to support underrepresented students who study abroad.

Other on-campus offices have resources and advising for students who are interested in pursuing international opportunities while at Brown, including the Brown Fellowship Office, Brown CareerLAB, and International UTRA (summer only)


Additional Topics

No matter where you study, you may experience a shift in the ways gender identities, roles, and norms are perceived than you’re used to at home.