The Social Work profession has historically encouraged international relationships and student exchange during the academic experience. In order to meet the demand of the social work profession, increased number of immigrants and refugees to the United States, and the global issues, professionals must be not only aware of disparity and difference in culture but skilled in adapting to and responding to various needs. Study abroad/student exchange is a unique opportunity to challenge students both academically and interpersonally. The coordination of specific courses and global experiences in a professional degree program allows for the development of specialized skills in assessing needs, implementing strategies, and evaluating efficiency and effectiveness in global initiatives.
It is important for social workers to look beyond borders to assist in creating a better quality of life for people through collaboration with professional colleagues around the world. It is important to acknowledge that the direction of cross-national social work knowledge transmission is hardly limited outward from the U.S., but that there are always lessons to be learned from other countries. Global programs provide opportunities for social work students and educators to exchange ideas, research findings, and experiences with regard to practice opportunities outside realm of one’s own country.
International Initiatives at the College of Social Work strive to increase diversity of the student population including global recruitment of B.S.S.W., M.S.S.W., Ph.D. and D.S.W. students. Additional efforts include supporting faculty in international projects, creating faculty led academic experiences, promoting relationships among current and perspective national and international social work programs to best prepare students for global social work practice.
A quality educational experience is a priority when selecting an American university. We offer multiple resources to assist you in this decision making process. Whether you are interested in applying as an exchange student or as a degree seeking student , knowing your options is important.
Questions? Please contact Becky Jackson, Director of Field and International Education at (865) 974-8984 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .