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First generation students are the first in their family to attend college or university. It takes courage and determination to be first! DePaul Study Abroad is here to help first generation students navigate and locate helpful resources to pursue an international study experience during their academic career.
We understand that first generation students may face a distinct set of challenges when it comes to studying abroad, but our aim is to inspire you to enhance your academic experience as you pursue your degree.
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Share these facts with your family and friends. You can help them better understand the benefits of study abroad and why you are considering an international learning experience. It is helpful for family and friends to understand how important studying abroad is so they can provide support and encouragement to you in pursuing these goals.
We recommend choosing a DePaul sponsored study abroad program because all current financial aid and scholarships you receive will remain in place. DePaul-sponsored scholarships are available for students studying abroad, with specific scholarship funding available for first generation students. Apply for scholarships at the same time that you apply for a study abroad program.
If you are interested in a Non-DePaul study abroad program, you can still receive federal financial aid, but will need to apply to external scholarships.
Study Abroad does not have to be expensive! The cost of study abroad at DePaul is tuition plus a program fee. Tuition is billed at your regular DePaul tuition rate based on the number of credits enrolled. Program fees vary across short-term and term-long programs. Be sure to search for affordable programs or cost-effective programs, where you get the most “bang for your buck”!
Location! Location! Location! The destination matters!
You may want to choose a city or country overseas that has a lower cost of living than here in Chicago. It can be cheaper to live in certain places around the world than in the U.S. Keep in mind different currencies used and currency conversion rates. Also, try to find a program where it may be possible to work abroad in a part-time job in an effort to continue earning money while on a study abroad program.
Explore which types of courses are offered on study abroad programs. Certain programs may be better tailored to students with certain majors and minors. A study abroad advisor can help you find a program that offers courses to fulfill your academic degree requirements. This way, you can study abroad and still graduate on time. Leave electives open and liberal studies domain courses open, in an effort to take these types of courses abroad.
Apply for DePaul Sponsored Scholarships
DePaul Study Abroad sponsors the Students of Color Scholarship, First-Generation Scholarship, Term-long Scholarship, Short-Term Scholarship, First Year Abroad Scholarship, and Halstead Scholarship. Remember to apply for the DePaul sponsored scholarship at the same time that you apply for your study abroad program. The deadlines to apply for the program and the scholarship are the same. Scholarship application deadlines will not be extended.
Apply for External Scholarships
It is important to hunt for funds that may be available in scholarships nationwide. Use study abroad scholarship databases in which you can search for funding based on a variety of criteria. There are destination-based scholarships, heritage-based scholarships, language-based scholarships, area studies scholarships and even corporate scholarships that may help to fund your study abroad program.
More students are finding ways to collect funds to help them study abroad, including the use of online crowdfunding. Students have started fundraising campaigns on websites (like gofundme.org) in which they reach out to social, familial, religious and other communities to which they belong. Students are able to galvanize family, friends and community members in an effort to support their academic goals. When you give others a chance to help you reach your dreams, you might be surprised at how much the people who care about you want to see you succeed.
Consider Personal / Private Loans
We understand that most first generation students work part-time or even full- time jobs – and often need to cover the cost of a study abroad program with financial assistance from private loans. We know that this is often the last resort to finance an international study program, but in the case that a private loan can help, it is important to seek out a family member to serve as a co-signer on a personal loan. The benefit of taking out a private loan, is that you can build your personal credit history by paying off these loans over time – thereby demonstrating that you are a good financial borrower.
Use a Budget worksheet
Use the Study Abroad Budget Worksheet to help you plan your budget and compare total costs across programs. Look carefully to see what is included in the study abroad program fee and ask your Study Abroad Advisor if you have questions.
Contact a Financial Aid Counselor
If you need assistance calculating the cost of your study abroad, please contact a Financial Aid Counselor. Also, the financial office aid may offer foreign travel grants to students with a valid FAFSA on file.
On-campus:Please reach out to the Study Abroad office to discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding studying abroad. We may also be able to connect you with previous study abroad participants to discuss the specifics of the program you are interested in.
For next steps, email DePaul Study Abroad at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 312-362-6962.
Whether you already identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer or asexual student or are still exploring your own sexual and gender identities, Study Abroad seeks to provide the most beneficial programs and resources for you. In collaboration with LGBTQA Student Services, Study Abroad has compiled information regarding the selection of programs, questions to ask yourself, and additional resources including on-campus, off-campus and financial resources.
At DePaul University we affirm the dignity of the individual. We value diversity and culture because these are part of our core values and traditions as a Catholic, Vincentian, and urban university. DePaul University has decided to take a strong and public stand for supporting undocumented students, and DREAM Act legislation. Read DePaul’s full DREAM statement here.
This page should serve as a guide for support and resources that DACA students interested in studying abroad can find at DePaul and external resources for continued support and success. The DePaul Study Abroad office continues to hope for new avenues for DACA recipients and similar cohorts to study abroad through new legislation. The information below is not intended to constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such.
The DePaul Study Abroad office encourages DACA students to consider any of the various virtual and domestic programs offered by DePaul as an alternative to a traditional study abroad program. Students can participate in virtual international opportunities from the comfort of their home, or in domestic opportunities and travel in the U.S. with a driver’s license, state identification card, passport, or other document accepted by the mode of transportation.
Students who are DACA recipients may be permitted to temporarily leave and return to the U.S. to participate in a study abroad program by obtaining Advance Parole from the Federal government. Advance Parole does not guarantee readmission into the United States. U.S. students in DACA status with Advance Parole are still subject to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspection process at the port of entry. DePaul Study Abroad cannot guarantee any student re-entry back into the United States, including those participating in an approved university study abroad program. Only undocumented students with DACA status are eligible to apply for Advance Parole. Students with pending initial DACA applications are not eligible. Applying for Advance Parole requires submitting a form and paying a fee to US Citizenship and Immigration Services. Processing times for advance parole requests may vary anywhere from 8 to 18 months. Please review the USCIS website for the most up-to-date requirements, processing times, and costs.
There are significant risks involved in participating in a study abroad program while in DACA status. Dacamented students may be refused reentry into the U.S., even with advance parole. Being denied reentry may impact future visa applications or changes in status. It is important for students to consider the potential impacts that international travel may have on their specific situation, both legal and personal. DACAmented students are strongly encouraged to consult with an immigration attorney prior to deciding whether to apply to a study abroad program.
There may be significant costs associated with studying abroad as a DACAmented student, including:
Students are strongly encouraged to consult with an immigration attorney before making any decisions about studying abroad. The DePaul College of Law Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic can assist students and their families. They have also developed a referral list of low-cost legal service providers who provide assistance in DACA cases and have engaged DePaul College of Law alumni to provide one-on-one consultations for DACA and undocumented students. Email DePaulLegalClinic@depaul.edu for more information.
Transfer students may face a distinct set of challenges when it comes to studying abroad, but you should not view those challenges as reasons to not go abroad!
DePaul Study Abroad encourages military connected students to consider their options for studying abroad. Some of the study abroad programs offered at DePaul are approved for GI Bill® benefits so please reach out to the study abroad office or the Veterans Affairs office to determine the programs that the VA deems approved for VA Education benefits. We believe military connected students should take the opportunity to study overseas and engage in citizen diplomacy so please reach out to find out what funds are available for you to use.
Consult with the Office of Veteran Services at DePaul, since this office assists students in achieving their educational goals, providing support, mentorship under Veteran Liaisons, helpful information and relevant resources.
Contact them at:
Loop Campus Office DePaul Center, 11007Phone: 312.362.5656
Lincoln Park Office Student Center 360 Phone: 773.325.7088
Connect with Veteran Liaisons from Veterans Services at DePaul. Veteran Liaisons are DePaul students with prior military experience that can help you connect with benefits and resources. If you are unsure if you are eligible for a GI Bill to fund your education, please contact Veteran Services and research Military Veteran Benefits within DePaul University.
If you are interested in studying abroad for a quarter or longer, contact the advisor in your geographic region of interest. You can also use the DePaul Study Abroad website to search for DePaul-sponsored study abroad programs.
Regardless of the program, any advisor would be happy to meet with you to discuss any uncertainties or answer any questions you may have. Connect with a Study Abroad Advisor via email at email@example.com or call us at 312-362-6962.