Education Abroad for
Social Work Majors
Globalize Your Education
Social Work majors are highly encouraged to study abroad. Participating in study abroad is an ideal way to add a global perspective to your Social Work major through first-hand experience living and studying in another country and culture. Studying abroad can also help accelerate learning the theory and methodology found in the Social Work major through exposure to diverse viewpoints both inside and outside of the classroom.
Review the resources here to first help decide how an international experience can fit into your degree plan. It is important to work with your Undergraduate Advisor and an Education Abroad advisor early on in the application process to make sure that you are choosing the best program to fit your goals and meet major requirements.
Why Study Abroad?
When you step out of a familiar environment and engage with another society, where cultural, political, and academic perspectives differ from the U.S., it can greatly enhance your perspective by placing domestic issues and experiences within an international context. It helps participants negotiate differences, listen to and learn from new viewpoints, and adapt to unfamiliar situations. The changed perspective students gain from studying abroad helps make them better informed global citizens, and they are often more competitive for employment, fellowships, and graduate school.
You Can Afford to Study Abroad!
Receiving FAFSA? All subsidized & unsubsidized Stafford Loans will automatically work on your study abroad program!
Veteran? Use your Veterans Benefits to help cover the cost of your program fee!
Pell Grant Recipient? Not only can you use your Pell Grant, but you are also eligible for the Gilman Scholarship, worth up to $5,000!
Need Scholarships? The PSU Ed Abroad office offers scholarship workshops every term and has a multitude of resources online for students on a budget. Come meet with us so we can talk about awards ranging from $500 - $10,000.
I thought the program did an excellent job of balancing language and cultural immersion with lectures and opportunities to learn more about international social work and specifically social work in Costa Rica. I think it's worthwhile for anyone in the Social Work program to experience this program.
- Rosa Delucia, Social Work major.
Program: PSU Faculty-Led Costa Rica: Grecia - Cultural and Language Immersion for Social Workers in Costa Rica (Grecia)
Which Education Abroad Programs Work Well for Social Work Majors?
The programs listed below are recommended because they offer the largest number and range of courses relevant to Social Work majors.
CIEE Summer Global Internship Program in London, England
USAC England: University of Brighton, England
USAC Italy: Education, Communications, Health, and Italian Studies in Reggio Emilia
USAC Sweden: Linnaeus University Undergraduate and Graduate Courses in Växjö/Kalmar
Don't see a program that works for you? Click here for the complete list of programs.
Ready to take the Next Step?
Attend an Ed Abroad 101 session to learn more about studying abroad at PSU. These are 30 minute sessions offered when classes are in session. They cover the application process and direct you to next steps.