Study Abroad Opportunities

Application deadline for the 2013 Hong Kong Study Abroad Program is January 4, 2013

Study Abroad (Turkey & El Salvador) Information Session on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 

There are several opportunities to get introduced to international social work here at the GCSW. In November 2003, and again in May 2004, GCSW students, faculty and staff had the incredible hands-on experience of studying cross-cultural child welfare issues in Hong Kong and China through a GCSW travel study course offering. The opportunity arose through an academic exchange agreement with the Department of Applied Social Studies at City University of Hong Kong.

The arrangement with City University has been in place for three years. City University sends four-third year students to the GCSW’s MSW program where the students complete course work at the GCSW and receive the bachelor’s degree from City University. A number of the exchange students elect to remain in the United States and go through the graduate admissions process in order to pursue the MSW at UH. In return, visitors from UH travel to Hong Kong and China through the graduate course Child Welfare Policies and Practices in China and the United States.

Initially postponed due to the SARS outbreak, the first trip was so well received in November 2003, when led by Dr. Monit Cheung, that it was repeated in Spring 2004, led by Dr. Patrick Leung. Dean Colby participated in the travel course and summarizes the experience by saying, “The arrangement provided opportunities for both students and faculty to interact and learn from each other. We learn globally and practice locally.”

The two week tour included visits to Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing, China. It included learning, teaching, cultural exchanges, historical intake, food, touring, shopping and the ultimate experience of a lifetime. The GCSW has also gone abroad for other educational experiences. In Summer 2002, eleven students, faculty and staff studied the child welfare system in England and Wales for 4 weeks. Students can expect to hear about exciting study course offerings to other destinations in the future as well.

For future study abroad opportunities in Hong Kong and China, contact Dr. Patrick Leung at pleung@uh.edu or Dr. Monit Cheung at mcheung@uh.edu.