Study Abroad Opportunities

Winner of the 2013 Partners in International Education (PIE) Award for International Social Work, we are committed to providing a global perspective of the social work profession. We have a longstanding tradition of offering opportunities for students and faculty to interact and learn about cross cultural social work in a handson environment.

Through our Office of International Social Work Education, students have journeyed to destinations around the globe including: China, Hong Kong, Bolivia, England, South Africa and Turkey for travel study courses. GCSW students benefit from established partnerships with a number of agencies and institutions worldwide. For 15 years, we have offered international opportunities including hosting four to five exchange students each spring and placing students in agencies in Hong Kong focusing on clinical or community practice. We are forging new partnerships with the GCSW Latin American Initiative that has already established connections with educational institutions and agencies in El Salvador and Bolivia. The Initiative will expand and create alliances with even more countries in Latin America who are important neighbors to those residing and practicing social work in the Houston/Gulf Coast region.

Throughout the year, we regularly host international social work scholars and students to promote an environment of cultural exchange. Our lunchtime international lecture series provides students a window to the world they will encounter post graduation. GCSW is committed to offering our students programs, opportunities and experiences to enrich their social work studies with a global perspective.

We recognize that competent practice requires knowledge of other countries, appreciation of cultural diversity and the capacity to function as internationally competent individuals.

For future study abroad opportunities, contact Dr. Patrick Leung, Director, Office for International Social Work Education at pleung@uh.edu.