First-Generation Abroad Program
A worldly view brings a lifelong impact.
WSU’s first generation study abroad students are high achievers who will stand out in today’s competitive global job market.
Due to multiple obligations outside of college, such as family or work, low-income and first-generation students are less likely to be engaged in the academic and social experiences that lead to success in college, such as studying in groups, interacting with faculty and other students, using support services, and participating in extracurricular activities (Engle & Tinto, 2008). Study abroad is an important part of any college student’s educational experience—those who study abroad perform better in the classroom and have higher graduation rates. WSU’s first generation study abroad program encourages and supports students who are interested, but may not have the understanding, funding, or awareness to participate.
Nationally, 34% of undergraduates at institutions that grant bachelor degrees or higher are first-generation students. (NCES, 2010).
Of first-generation college students who studied abroad, 8% more graduated within four years, 20% more graduated in five years, and 20% more graduated within six years in comparison to first-generation college students who did not study abroad (UC San Diego, 2009).
From your support, students will
- gain cultural understanding & open-mindedness
- learn to work with diverse populations
- gain unique perspectives & lifelong memories
- increase future employment opportunities
- receive guidance from professionals on transferring their new global competency skills back to campus organizations, internship opportunities, scholarship applications, and potential employers
Your donation makes global learning possible for WSU’s first generation college students.