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Students should confirm destination eligibility before applying for the First Trip scholarship. A complete list of this year's eligible destinations is presented below!

First Trip promotes nontraditional travel!

Eligible Destinations: How we use the HDI

First Trip values the philosophy of global citizenship and promotes travel to non-traditional study abroad destinations. In recent years, international educators have begun challenging students to consider more meaningful international experiences over cliché Western European excursions. First Trip proudly participates in this initiative.

 

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 abandon the unconscious ethnocentrism that we all possess before living abroad.

 

Therefore, First Trip does not offer scholarship funding for students traveling to countries that are comparable to the United States in overall standard of living, culture, and way of life.

 

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.

Eligible Destinations 2022-2023

Albania

Algeria

Angola

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina*

Armenia

Azerbaijan

Bangladesh

Barbados

Belize

Benin

Bhutan

Bolivia

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Botswana

Brazil

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cabo Verde

Cambodia

Cameroon

Central African Republic

Chad

China, People's Republic

Colombia

Comoros

Congo

Costa Rica*

Côte d'Ivoire

Cuba

Dem. Rep. of the Congo

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Eswatini 

Ethiopia

Fiji

Gabon

Gambia

Georgia

Ghana

Grenada

Guatemala

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

Haiti

Honduras

India

Indonesia

Iran 

Iraq

Jamaica

Jordan

Kenya

Kiribati

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

Lebanon

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya

Madagascar

Malawi

Malaysia*

Maldives

Mali

Marshall Islands

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mexico

Micronesia 

Moldova 

Mongolia

Morocco

Mozambique

Myanmar

Namibia

Nepal

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

North Macedonia

Oman*

Pakistan

Palestine

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Rwanda

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

St. Vincent and Grenadines

Samoa

Sao Tome and Principe

Senegal

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Solomon Islands

South Africa

South Sudan

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Suriname

Syria

Tajikistan

Tanzania 

Thailand*

Timor-Leste

Togo

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago*

Tunisia

Turkmenistan

Tuvalu

Uganda

Ukraine

Uruguay*

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu

Venezuela 

Vietnam

Yemen

Zambia

Zimbabwe

*Indicates a country recently listed above "High" on the HDI. We will still consider applicants traveling to these destinations.

Do you meet the four primary requirements?

Successful First Trip scholars are first-time travelers (first-time ever traveling outside of the United States).

1.

Be a first-time traveler

Applicants must classify as a "student" at their respective college, regardless of part-time or full-time status.

2.

Be a student in an accredited U.S. college/university

The study abroad trip must be organized by the student's college. First Trip does not fund trips that are not eligible destinations.

3.

Pursue a college facilitated trip in an eligible destination

Awardees are asked to submit brief testimonials of their first experience abroad. Past scholars have included awesome photos and videos!

4.

Provide an account of your travels upon return to the U.S.

Ready to Apply?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis

You are encouraged to submit your application at least three (3) months in advance of departure date.

Applicants unable to meet the above criteria will not be considered.

 

Due to the high number of submissions, we are only able to respond to successful scholarship applicants.

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