First generation students are the first in their family to go to college, which also means they are likely to be the first in their family to study abroad. This can lead to special concerns for the family and friends supporting you. To help alleviate some of this stress, talk to the Study Abroad Advisors and do your own personal research. Be sure to check out the study abroad blogs written by your fellow students to get first hand advice.
Here are some things to consider and questions to answer when selecting a program:
- Since no one in my family has ever studied abroad, who can help me answer their questions as I plan my experience?
- Is it important to retain some cultural similarities or a completely different experience?
- How important is the physical distance from your friends and family? Example: Do you feel more comfortable going somewhere closer to the United States, like Mexico or the Caribbean, or somewhere very far away like India or Australia?
- How you will involve your family in your decision to study abroad?
- How can I explain to my family that a study abroad experience can contribute to achievement of my academic and career goals?
- Do you want a program that offers practical experience (internship, research) in addition to regular courses?
Here are some things to consider as you prepare to go abroad:
- How will you keep in touch with family and friends while you are abroad?
- How do you plan to finance your time abroad?
- How will you incorporate your experiences abroad back into your life at Madison upon your return?
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