First Trip values the philosophy of global citizenship. Many people see the world as a member of one nation or society, however, global citizens view the world through an international lens. We believe the true path to global citizenship is initiated once we immerse ourselves into another culture far different from our own. Only then are we forced to leave our comfort zones and neglect the unconscious ethnocentrism that we all possess before living abroad.
Therefore, First Trip may provide funding for individuals traveling to countries ranked lower than Very High on the United Nations' annual Human Development Index (HDI). As the HDI is updated annually, only countries whose human development have been ranked as High, Medium, or Low on the latest HDI are considered eligible destinations by First Trip. You are encouraged to review the FAQs page for more information.
Currently, awards range from $750.00 to $1,500.00 and are determined by applicant need, destination, and availability of funds.
Applicants should review the Human Development Index (below and listed on the Countries page) to confirm destination eligibility before applying.
☑ I am a first-time traveler!
☑ I am enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university.
☑ My study abroad trip is an eligible destination and is approved by my institution.
☑ I am willing to provide a brief account of my travel experience when I return.
Students are encouraged to submit applications at least three (3) months in advance of departure
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