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Social Work Abroad

​​​​​​​​​Goal of the Program ​​

To develop cross-culturally competent, ethical social work professionals with a global perspective by providing a semester of transformative, experiential learning focused on social and economic justice. This program offers students the opportunity to:

  • Learn directly from social work practitioners, social welfare policy makers, and community leaders 
  • Take part in fieldwork in a Mexican organization 
  • Meet CSWE EPAS competencies toward a BSW degre
  • Develop Spanish language proficiency 
  • Gain valuable knowledge and skills for working with diverse and immigrant populations 

Course Offerings ​​​

  • International Social Welfare: The Mexican Context(required) 
  • Social Work with Groups and Families: Theory and Practice 
  • Comparative Social Policy 
  • Social Work Field Experience 
  • Spanish—select one or two courses from 18 beginning to advanced options 
  • All courses taught in English except language classes

Engaging Conversations 

  • Engage with members of rural and urban communities that have been affected by globalization and U​.S. immigration  policies.
  • Interact with people who have migrated to Cuernavaca, people who have worked in the U.S. with and without documents, family members who have been left behind, and people who have been deported.
  • Speak with social workers from state agencies, health centers, and an addiction service program. ​

Regional Travel 

  • Weekend excursions to the Monarch butterfly sanctuary, Oaxaca, Puebla, Taxco, Toluca, and more.
  • You will spend one week at the National School of Social Work at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City, where you will participate in classes and fieldwork alongside Mexican social work students. The Mexican students also travel to Cuernavaca for one week.

Application Deadline and Requirements 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with a final deadline of October 15. Space is limited; early application is encouraged. You must be a BSW major. No Spanish language prerequisite. 

Housing and Homestays 

In Cuernavaca, students live in our study center, while also experiencing a short-term urban homestay. Additionally, students live for one week in a rural village that has been greatly affected by migration to bigger cities within Mexicond by immigration to the United States.