DEI Abroad Resources

First Generation Students Abroad

First Generation students are commonly described as students whose parents either have no college experience or didn't earn a bachelor's degree. While being a first-generation student presents its own set of challenges, you could be not only the first in your family to attend college, but also the first in your family to travel or live abroad. there are so many benefits to studying abroad that will ultimately make you a stronger candidate for opportunities after you graduate. You will need to consider how to present the idea of study abroad to your family and how to finance your program, and there are resources available to assist you with this endeavor.

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First-Gen+ Center
4469 Aquia Creek Ln
Fairfax, Virginia, 22030
Student Union Building I, Suite 2400 - MSN 2F6
Call: 703-993-2700
Fax: 703-993-4022


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STEP Program

The Student Transition Empowerment Program (STEP) is an initiative in the Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment (CCEE) created to enhance the recruitment, engagement and retention of first-generation students accepted to George Mason University. Our mission is to empower students through academic skills, access to resources, community building, self-discovery, and the global citizenship needed to compete in today's college environment and beyond.

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