Supporting First-Generation College Students in International Education

First-generation college students are defined as individuals whose parents did not complete a baccalaureate degree. According to CASSIE research, first-generation college students are underrepresented in study abroad with only 8% participation. Yet, the impact is profound: those who do are more likely to graduate within six years and earn higher GPAs upon graduation.

Through the IIE Center for Access and Equity, we have collected IIE program expertise and the personal experience of individuals from across the organization. This resource guide provides perspectives and recommended practices highlighting activities, communication, and other forms of engagement to support first-generation students to participate in international education and exchange.

*This resource guide is available for PDF download