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Exchange—CSW Students Ready for the World

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Social Work recognizes that a quality study abroad experience can be central to students' intellectual growth and professional development. Studying abroad is often one of the highlights of a student's university career. Students can have wonderful and challenging experiences that will allow growth both academically and personally and prepare them to compete in today's globalizing world.

Summer in GhanaThe first step in studying abroad is to research the web site of UT Programs Abroad Office. Students should spend some time browsing the links, reading through all of the information and learn about the many programs available for a semester, year, summer or mini-term abroad.

Secondly, consider priorities. Choosing the study abroad experience that's right for you is always exciting and sometimes challenging. You should consider your priorities and think about programs that fit your personal, academic and financial goals. To help you determine your priorities review the following questions: ( I see this as the question and then a "tell me more tab" for the actual questions.

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Personal Goals

  • Why do I want to go abroad?
  • Which aspects of study abroad are most important to me? (language immersion, program duration, specific location, etc.)


  • What subject areas do I want to study?
  • Do I need to fulfill any academic requirements abroad?
  • Do I want to participate in an internship program?
  • Do I want to take classes in English or the language of the host country?
  • What is my foreign language ability? Do I speak another language and do I want to use that language abroad?
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  • What country or region of the world appeals most to me?
  • Would I rather live in an urban or rural location?
  • Do I prefer big cities or smaller cities?
  • Would I prefer to live with a host family or in a dorm or student apartment?


  • What year do I want study to abroad?
  • How long would I like my program to last (semester, year, summer, and mini-term)?


  • How will I pay for my study abroad experience?
  • Do I need financial assistance?
  • Will I apply for study abroad scholarships?

Four Exchange Program Opportunities

Finally, you'll need to choose the type of Exchange Program. There are four options for currently-enrolled College of Social Work students to participate in an exchnage program.

» See more information about four program options.

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  1. Direct Exchange Program is an agreement between the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and another institution (national or international) this type of program allows for students to pay tuition at UTK but take courses at a host (International) institution. Students will have additional expenses in the host country of housing, books and food as they would if they were in the US. Depending on the destination country this could be more or less expensive that in the US. Student Support including orientation an ongoing support in Direct Exchange programs is provided by the host institution.
  2. Third Party Program is the opportunity to study in another country through a company such as: IEP – International Education Program, ISEP -International Student Exchange Program, SAS – Semester At Sea, ISA – Institute for Study Abroad, CEA, Center for Education Abroad, CIEE – Council on International Educational Exchange to name a few. These programs may or may not link a student to a host institution and most likely includes additional expenses related to services provided while abroad. Supports provided by a Third Party Programs include; pre departure and onsite orientation, excursions, advisors, and local support while abroad
  3. Faculty Led Program is an exposure trip guided by a faculty member which is embedded in a course relating to the specific destination of the trip. These courses are typically offered during the mini term or summer sessions, though there are some courses offered during the fall or spring with trips scheduled during academic breaks (fall/spring break). The faculty member teaches the course and leads the student's through-out the length of time they are in the host country. These trips typical have a cultural emersion component as well as a service learning component. There is an additional cost to tuition for the course with the Faculty Led Program to cover the expenses of the actual trip.
  4. Independent Field Program (IFP) involves students enrolling for a field course at UTK while completing a placement in another location. IFP's are typically linked with Non-Government Organization's (NGO) or other international agencies and require significant planning prior to departure. The IFP requires the student to assist in locating an organization to complete the placement with as well being highly involved in housing, field instruction and other logistics.

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