Study Abroad

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Transformative Global Education. Learning without Borders.

At Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School, students experience transformative global education through short-term study abroad. Students broaden their perspectives on the world and gain new insight on how different countries and cultures approach social welfare issues, policies and practices. Through our international courses, students visit social work agencies, nonprofit organizations, hospitals, prisons, mental health facilities, foreign universities and organizations that serve the needs of children and families--students see and experience the world in a way a tourist never would.

“This course has inspired me to explore more possibilities in terms of my career and to always value lifelong learning and friendship, in any form they may come in.”

—Emily Corson, social work graduate student, South Africa (2018)

Discover more about credits, financial aid, & application procedures.

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Course: Health, Human and Social Development in Rural and Urban Ecuador (SASS 375A/575)

When: Winter break

What does the rainforest have to do with it? Investigate the impact of social, political and economic development on community and human development in Ecuador.

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Course: 21st Century Ghana: Culture, Institutions, and Development in West Africa (SASS 375H/575)

When: May (spring abroad) 2021

See first-hand the immense potential and enduring challenges of Sub-Saharan Africa in one of the continent’s most politically and economically stable countries.

Image of woman in walking down an on old, but colorful, street in Guatemala, carrying bags in left arm and many bags on top of head

Course: Community Based Child Welfare in Guatemala (SASS 375D/575) 

When: Spring break

Understand the socio-political factors that influence child welfare programs in the nongovernmental sector in Guatemala. 

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Course: Global Health and Social Development in India (SASS 375G/575)   

When: Winter break

With a focus on southern India, discover how policy challenges are approached through preventative healthcare, nonprofits addressing poverty alleviation and non-formal education, and the IT sector in Bengalore.

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Course: Social Services in Isla Mujeres, Mexico (SASS 575)

When: May (spring abroad) 2020

Get acquainted with the historical and socio-political factors that influence the development of social services in the nongovernmental sector (private, nonprofit) and governmental sector in Mexico. Alumni and Social Work Professionals are encouraged to join.

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Netherlands - Mental Health

Course: Mental Health Issues & Practice in the Netherlands (SASS 375B/575)

When: Spring break

Gain insight into Dutch tolerance, harm reduction and cultural attitudes toward co-occurring mental health and substance abuse treatment.

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Course: The Netherlands Social Justice: Health and Violence Prevention (SASS 575) 

For graduate students

When: Spring break

Compare the United States and the Netherlands social justice systems by engaging with experts on prostitution, drug use, substance abuse, child welfare, mental health, violence prevention, criminal justice, homelessness and euthanasia.

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Course: The Netherlands Social Justice: Health and Violence Prevention (SASS 575) 

For undergraduate students

When: Spring break

Join Mandel School Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore in Amsterdam and enhance your understanding of Dutch social policies and practices for social justice systems. 

Poland study abroad

Course: Invisible Groups in a New Poland
(SASS 375C/575)

When: Spring break

Discover how Poland’s recent political and economic transformations impact its public and private social welfare system working to tackle poverty, homelessness, aging and mental health disorders.

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South Africa

Course: Social Justice/Social Work, International Learning through Community & NGO Internship (SASS 375L/575)

When: May (spring abroad) 2020

Connect with social workers and NGOs in South Africa and broaden your perspective to address social issues and problems regardless of location and nation.