Study Abroad Programs

The School of Social Work offers two study abroad programs, the London Maymester (Roots of Social Justice) and the Ghana Maymester (Community and Social Development). Both programs are interdisciplinary and include a focus on social justice and equity. Information sessions are held in the fall. Both programs are led by School of Social Work faculty and coordinated through the UT Austin Study Abroad Office. To learn more about study abroad at UT and Maymesters, visit

Ghana Maymester

Community and Social Development,    Cross-listed as AFR 374

UT Maymester students on a boat ride in Cape Coast, Ghana

UT Maymester students on a boat ride in Cape Coast, Ghana

Through this course, students have the opportunity to study Ghanaian social and community development programs and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are actively responding to Ghana’s major social service needs in the areas of education, child and family welfare, gender empowerment, youth programs and health promotion.

The course involves both experiential and classroom learning with a significant international academic service learning component that allows students to develop and implement a small-scale volunteer project as a major course assignment. The course content will dovetail with the nature of community service in critical ways to ensure that 1) student learning is enhanced, 2) small-scale community needs are met, and 3) students are able to critically reflect upon their community service experience.

London Maymester

Roots of Social and Economic Justice, Cross-listed as WGS 440

UT Maymester students outside Buckingham Palace

UT Maymester students outside Buckingham Palace

Students in the London Maymester learn about the historical roots of the profession of social work and about social welfare in the modern context. They examine governmental, social and health services and their impact on London’s client populations. Lhroughout its long history, London has been a destination for immigrants, which has resulted in an immensely diverse population.

Students learn through cultural immersion in ethnic neighborhoods, places of worship, field and agency visits, seminars, and lectures from British scholars. The overarching purpose of the course is to deepen students’ understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in a global society and to promote cross-cultural learning.



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