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Int'l/Off Campus Experiences

Where in the world are Social Work Majors?
The University of Sioux Falls Social Work Program faculty encourages students to consider at least one off-campus experience during their student days. There are many opportunities available through the University or many other schools with whom agreements can be arranged.

The self-awareness and growth that occurs for social work students when visiting new places and meeting new people is impossible to measure. Working with persons who are different from them is likely to be the social worker’s regular experience. Becoming comfortable when meeting new and interesting people is a valuable outcome for the social work students who experience learning in new environments.


January Interim
Students often use the January Interim (a four-week session when students register for only one course) to travel to other countries or to participate in academic and service/mission trips around the region. Opportunities exist for students to travel almost any where in the world to learn about people and their culture. In the past few years, social work students have studied in Egypt, Northern Ireland, Chicago, Poland, Germany, as well as touring Europe with musical groups from the University of Sioux Falls.


Introduction to the City (SWK 273 - every January Interim)
Many University of Sioux Falls social work students register for the Introduction to the City course during the January Interim. (Check the web site for pictures) It is co-taught between a sociologist and a social worker which expands the opportunities available. The course is an introduction to urban sociology and urban ministry. Students visit various urban ministries and social agencies, and are introduced to neighborhood analysis. Each student develops an individual project exploring some aspect of urban life or ministry. The experiences of this course fulfill the cross-cultural requirements for general education. (There’s also time for fun activities—sightseeing, theater and shopping, for example.)

 

Interim 2010 - Social Workers to Ecuador
Students will gain a first-hand experience of Ecuadorian culture and life.  Each student will live with a family in the community and learn about social work from a global perspective.


Semester-Long Experiences
Social Work Semester in Mexico (Spring semester every year in Cuernavaca Mexico) Most recently, the University of Sioux Falls Social Work Program faculty have developed a unique Social Work Semester in Mexico with several colleges and universities in the region. Cuernavaca Mexico is the site of the spring semester experience full of varied observations and opportunities for interaction.

The experience is designed for sophomore, junior or senior students. Students from the University of Sioux Falls will be given preference because of the involvement of the faculty in developing this experience. Check the web site which describes this experience and plan ahead!! The sequence of University of Sioux Falls courses offers this exciting chance to learn about Mexico, it’s people, history and culture.
http://www.augsburg.edu/global/SWK03.pdf

Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Semester Programs
The University of SiouxFalls’ membership in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities offers students the opportunities to participate in any of the many semester programs offered by them in Washington, DC, Egypt, Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg and Nizhni Novgorod), Xiemen China, Costa Rica, Oxford England, Los Angeles (Film Studies Center) and Martha’s Vineyard Massachusetts (Contemporary Music Center). All of the semester programs include time for travel to other parts of the region. Summer programs are also available in some sites. A new program is under consideration which would provide study near Kampala Uganda. Check the CCCU website for more information. http://www.bestsemester.com

Social Work Practicum Abroad
Social Work programs across the nation are developing opportunities for students to complete their senior practicum in other countries while still fulfilling the requirements of the Council on Social Work Education accreditation standards. A University of Sioux Falls student recently completed her senior practicum in England at a school for youth-at-risk. A university in Australia has recently issued a special invitation to students from the United States to spend a semester completing comparable courses at their university. Colleges and universities in other countries are increasingly showing interest in students from the United States. Check it out!!

Summer Jobs in England
There is a shortage of health care professionals throughout England for persons with a DipSW, BSW or MSW. Summer and full time positions are available in agencies serving children and families, older persons, offending youth, mental health, asylum, adoption and foster care. Check the website for London Qulified Social Workers, a specialist staffing agency specializing in the placement of social workers throughout the United Kingdom.
http://www.lqsw.com

Other Exciting Opportunities Off Campus
Social work students from our program have, in recent years, spent a semester abroad in London, Leiden, The Netherlands, Thailand, Argentina and Florence, Italy.  Opportunities are many. The University of Sioux Falls Social Work faculty will help you find an experience which will meet your needs.

International Students are Welcome!
The Social Work Program has hosted students from various countries who come to spend a year or to complete the major. The Council on Social Work Education accredited major, offered by the University of Sioux Falls, is recognized as a beginning professional degree in many countries.

 

 

The belief that God will do everything for man is as untenable as the belief that man can do everything for himself. It too, is based on a lack of faith.

We must learn that to expect God to do everything while we do nothing is not faith, but superstition.

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The belief that God will do everything for man is as untenable as the belief that man can do everything for himself. It too, is based on a lack of faith.

We must learn that to expect God to do everything while we do nothing is not faith, but superstition.

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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