International Social Work

Dominican University is one of the first social work programs in the nation to offer a globally focused, family-centered concentration.  In addition to the globally focused, family-centered concentration, GSSW offers numerous opportunities for study abroad.  Students can participate in research opportunities abroad through courses such as Community Based Participatory Research with a project focused in Uganda.  Students can fulfill their diversity requirement by taking a course focused on human rights and gender in Guatemala or El Salvador.  

Finally, students can elect to complete a 10 week internship abroad in countries such as India, Kenya, South Africa, Mexico, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ireland, Azerbaijan, or Indonesia.  The purpose of the international field placement is to provide students an opportunity to experience social work practice in a different culture and environment, thus increasing their ability to work across cultures when working in the U.S. or abroad.  The international field placement is intended to increase a student's knowledge and understanding of how clients are impacted by local and global events providing real world hands-on training that addresses social needs.

International Field Placements

Aguascalientes, Mexico
Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes
Urban and Rural project

Pretoria, South Africa
Mohau Center
Future Families

Capetown, South Africa
Feedback Food Redistribution
James House
Quito, Ecuador
Fundacion Nuestros Jovenes
Dublin, Ireland
University of Dublin

Republic of Latvia
Latvia's Ministry for Children and Family Affairs
Safe House
Soros Foundation

Kenya
Global Alliance 
West Bengal, India
Amar Kutir Society for Rural Development
Elmhirst Institute of Community Studies

Study Abroad Course Options

El Salvador (SWK621 Human Rights, Gender and Globalization)
Cuba (SWK628 Cuba: Culture, History & Politics)
Guatemala (SWK625 Race, Gender and Human Rights)
Uganda (SWK 641 Community Participatory Research)