International Social Work


World map shows locations where UT Austin social work students have studied abroad in recent years. (click on map once to enlarge)

The School of Social Work recognizes the importance of diversity and globalization in line with the national Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), which has a goal to increase “international perspectives in U.S. social work education and collaboration with social work education and practice worldwide.”

UT Austin social work students have the following opportunities to live and learn abroad:

  • International Internships: The School of Social Work has developed a number of field placements outside the United States. In addition to the integration of theory and practice that is at the core of any field experience, students in international placements are fully immersed in a different culture and have to learn to navigate systems sometimes radically different to those at home.
  • Study Abroad Programs: These include Study Abroad by Major (for BSW students only), and summer courses abroad led by School of Social Work faculty (for BSW and MSSW students). We currently offer a Maymester in London, England; and a Summer Program in Oaxaca, Mexico.
  • Projects with Underserved Communities (PUC): PUC is a unique service-learning collaboration between the School of Social Work, the Cockrell School of Engineering, and the International Office at The University of Texas at Austin. Through PUC, engineering and social work students team up to design and implement sustainable-development projects in communities across the globe.