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First Generation Students Abroad

First generation low-income (FGLI) college students have some of the lowest study abroad participate rates in the United States. In 2010-2011, of the students served by SSS at Binghamton University, only 0.9% of first generation college students and 0.02% of low-income students studied abroad. Only one student with a reported physical disability is known to have studied abroad.

FGLI students face a unique set of challenges when it comes to study abroad. They are more focused on academic careers and study non-humanities majors whose requirements make study abroad more unlikely. 

This is not to say that a study abroad experience is impossible. This opportunity is very much within reach and the benefits will have an impact academically, socially, and professionally.

Why Study Abroad?

Research shows that studying abroad gives students additional qualifications when seeking a job. 73% of employers say that study abroad was an important part of a student's resume during evaluation for a junior-level position. Some skills and experience that enhances a student's resumes after studying abroad include:

  • foreign language competency
  • internationally-related coursework
  • international work/internship experience
  • international travel

A study abroad experience is especially critical for students with a desire to work abroad. 8 out of 10 HR executives say that a study abroad experience was an important factor for overseas job placements within their companies. Moreover, over 90% of employers believe that students who have studied abroad are more likely to posses higher desirable skills such as:

  • cross-cultural communication skills
  • independence
  • cultural awareness
  • maturity
  • flexibility

Last Updated: 3/1/15