As the world gets more interconnected, social workers are increasingly bringing their unique skills, flexible approaches to problem solving, and values of social justice and empowerment to international settings. The School of Social Work ensures that undergraduate (BSW) and graduate (MSSW) students experience this international dimension by offering study abroad, internships, summer programs, and service-learning opportunities outside the United States.
Study Abroad by Major – for BSW students only –
Get exposure to international social issues and learn through diverse human interactions while studying abroad as a social work major at UT Austin-approved programs on six continents. See this brochure with a recommended list of programs for social work majors (pdf). When considering the cost of studying abroad take into account these funding opportunities. To help you plan ahead and graduate on time, search the International Office “My Credit Abroad” database of over 15,000 pre-approved courses with the university equivalents.
Still have questions? Contact the BSW academic advisor, Alexis George at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 471-5457.
International Internships – for MSSW students only –
From South Africa to India and Costa Rica, the Field Program offers a number of international internships for master’s students. In addition to the integration of theory and practice that is at the core of any field experience, master’s students get fully immersed in a different culture and learn to navigate systems sometimes radically different from those at home.
Read about recent student experiences in international field placements here.
Questions? Contact the Field Office, email@example.com.
Summer programs Abroad led by social work faculty – for BSW and MSSW students –
Through immersion into London city life, students deepen their understanding of social justice, experience the diversity and multicultural landscape of London, and explore the historical roots of social welfare and social work. Students’ learning culminates through an in-depth project exploring a contemporary social justice issue in conjunction with local social service agencies. Find out more about the London Maymester.
Faculty director: Melissa Smith
Oaxaca is a vibrant colonial city and also a place of contrasts, where people face complex health challenges common in resource-poor communities. Because migration from Oaxaca to the United States has been significant, the area is an excellent context in which to learn about the impact of migration on health. This course provides students with cultural and Spanish language competency skills and introduces them to global health topics. Find out more about the Oaxaca Summer Program.
Projects with Underserved Communities (PUC) – For BSW and MSSW students –
A unique service-learning collaboration through which engineering and social work students team up to design and implement sustainable-development projects in communities across the globe. Launched in 2010, PUC uses an innovative yearlong course sequence to hone students’ leadership skills and cultural competency—both vital when competing in an increasingly global job market—while providing much-needed services to communities across the world. Read about social work students’ PUC experiences in Nicaragua, Tanzania, and India.