Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

First Generation and Non-Traditional Students Abroad


As a first-generation or non-traditional college student, you may be feeling uncertain about how the study abroad process works or if it will fit into your academic plan. To help facilitate conversations based on your unique circumstances and background, consider the following questions as you explore study abroad possibilities.

First-generation students:

  • How can I find additional funding sources to make a study abroad experience possible?
  • Since I am the first person in my family to study abroad, I am not sure what the process is like. What resources are available to guide me through this process?
  • Are there hidden costs to study abroad that I should be prepared for? Are there study abroad programs that will save me money compared to being on campus in Chicago?
  • Where can I find resources for my family?

Non-traditional students:

  • Are there programs that will allow me to bring a child or partner?
  • I can’t take off too much time from work, are there short-term programs available? How do I maximize my time during a short-term program?
  • What will be my living situation while abroad? Can I request a single room?
  • Which programs will my aid transfer to?

Campus Resources

  • Your LUC Study Abroad Advisor: Can help you find more information about the country you plan to go to and connect you with LUC peers who have studied in that country before. Additionally, program evaluations available in the office are a good way to learn what former students have to say about your host country and what you may encounter abroad.
  • Achieving College Excellence (ACE): ACE is a federally-funded retention program designed to help students who identify as first-generation college-students and/or as having high financial need, as well as students with documented disabilities to succeed at Loyola University Chicago.
  • Military Veteran Student Services (MVSS): MVSS supports our veteran students through their transition from military service.
  • Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs: Facilitates intentional reflection of the intersections of identities and critical social analysis of systems of privilege and oppression, SDMA seeks to enhance the experience of all members of the Loyola community by cultivating culturally competent agents of social change.

External Resources

  • Diversity Abroad: An organization that provides resources on diversity abroad, including materials specific first-generation students and adult students.
  • IES Abroad Diversity: Diversity resources for IES programs including past student perspectives, scholarship opportunities, a student guide, country-specific resources and contact information for the IES Diversity Coordinator.
  • NAFSA Diversity Resource Page: NAFSA: Association of International Educators advances public policies promoting international education and endorses critical, public discourse on the valuation and import of international education. This particular page features resources, organized by category, that address diversity and underrepresentation in education abroad. Military veterans can check out this handy resource from NAFSA as well.
  • ALLABROAD.us: This site offers resources addressing funding opportunities, study abroad and career development, reasons to study abroad, and information on diversity and discrimination abroad.
  • I’m First: A website devoted to collecting stories from first-generation college students, including stories about study abroad.
  • VA Benefits Office: Fact sheet containing information about utilizing your GI Bill to study abroad.

Programs of Interest

Loyola offers more than 150 programs in 70 programs across the world, a full list of programs and locations is available here. Programs that may be of particular interest to non-traditional students include the following programs.

Faculty-Led Programs:

  • Rome, Italy: "Art History: Renaissance to Modern" (FNAR 201 - For School of Continuing and Professional Studies students only)
  • Rome, Italy: "Loyola's Mission: The Philosophical Vision" (PHIL 190 - For School of Continuing and Professional Studies students only)