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Learning Abroad in Family Social Science

     

     

    Department Recommendations

    You are encouraged to incorporate study abroad into your academic career while still graduating in four years. In order to take courses in your major you need to plan ahead. Here are some guidelines that will be helpful.

    There are many valuable courses and internships available for study abroad in English and other languages. If you are interested in an experience in a country where courses are offered in another language be sure to plan to do an intensive language study abroad program or take the appropriate language classes. It will open up more opportunities and make the experience richer.

    Best time to go abroad

    • Any time with careful planning.
    • Any Summer or May Session.

    Non-Family Social Science course requirements

    • You may take any and all liberal education requirements through study abroad.

    Internships

    • All internships must be approved by the student’s academic adviser in order to use them to fulfill requirements. This should be done during the academic planning process prior to the study abroad experience.

    Core major courses

    • Students can take any major course abroad. The academic adviser will be able to approve the courses prior to departure. Please work with your academic adviser to fill out the Academic Planning Study Abroad (APSA) Form.

    College/Department Scholarships for UofM Students

    Upon return from study abroad

    • Be sure to meet with your academic adviser to complete the process for using your credit from abroad for major/minor requirements

    Language/Research

     

    Programs

    Africa and the Middle East

    Kenya

    MSID—International Development in Kenya

    • Program focuses on international development in the context of Kenya through coursework in the first half of the semester and an internship in the latter half
    • Past internship placements include social work agencies, youth projects, women’s groups, orphanages, health clinics, community centers, and many more.

    Senegal

    MSID—International Development in Senegal

    • Program focuses on international development in the context of Senegal through coursework in the first half of the semester and an internship in the latter half
    • Past internship placements include social work agencies, youth projects, women’s groups, orphanages, health clinics, community centers, and many more.

    Americas

    Argentina

    Study Abroad in Buenos Aires 

    • Study in Buenos Aires, the "Paris of the Americas"
    • Learn or improve your Spanish with intensive language courses
    • A semester-based service-learning opportunity is available through non-governmental organizations and other community service organizations devoted to helping children and adults who do not have access to basic rights such as education, health, or a home
    • Take a variety of courses in English

    Colombia

    CET Colombia:  Study Race, Identity, & Ethnicity in Cali

    • Program type: Study Abroad Center
    • Examine socio-political, economic and historical conceptions of race in Afro-Colombia
    • Local roommates
    • Backed by Howard University
    • No previous Spanish required

    Ecuador

    MSID—International Development in Ecuador

    • Program focuses on international development in the context of Ecuador through coursework in the first half of the semester and an internship in the latter half
    • Past internship placements include social work agencies, youth projects, women’s groups, orphanages, health clinics, community centers, and many more.

    Asia and Oceania

    Australia

    University Study in Australia: James Cook University

    • Unique School of Social Work and Community Welfare offers a diversity of courses as well as the departments of Sociology, Psychology, and Anthropology
    • Well known for its program in Indigenous Australian Studies whose courses offer an opportunity for a comparative perspective with the indigenous populations in the U.S

    Study & Intern in Sydney

    • Offers a 6 credit professional internship placement along with coursework in the humanities, social sciences, and business
    • Students can get experience working with a variety of types of families, such as aboriginal families or economically poor families.

    University of Queensland, Brisbane (available through Arcadia Australia and IFSA Australia)

    • School of Social Sciences provides a variety of courses that are of interest to Family Social Science students
    • Courses listed under Arts such as Anthropology and regional specializations such as Asian Studies or Australian Studies may also be relevant

    Thailand 

    MSID—International Development in Thailand

    • Based in Chiang Mai, Thailand
    • Explore the complexities created by issues such as environment, globalization, public health, and social justice
    • Contribute to an internship or research project with a nonprofit organization
    • Instruction is in English; no prior Thai required

    Europe

    Austria

    IES Austria

    • Take psychology courses while studying German language and area studies
    • Instruction mostly in English. Two years of German required for courses taught in German.

    Denmark

    Study Abroad in Denmark—Child Diversity & Development

    • Learn how the recent rise in immigrants has affected the Danish idea of family and social services for families; Instruction is in English
    • Complete a practicum in a preschool to learn Danish early childhood education practices

    Ireland

    University College of Cork (available through Arcadia Ireland)

    • Ireland’s leading research institution and offers innovative, research-led curriculum, taught by world-class academics
    • Faculty of Arts offers many relevant courses such as Youth and Community Work, Social Work, Sociology, Applied Psychology, and Social Policy

    Norway

    The New Norway: Globalization, National Identity, and the Politics of Belonging (HECUA)

    • Explore how the welfare state works in the context of a social democracy facing challenges posed by immigration
    • Students can study the new challenges faced by families in Norway and see what the socialist government is doing to confront the issues

    United Kingdom

    Middlesex University, London (available through IFSA United Kingdom)

    • Choose from courses in sociology and social work that have an emphasis on family
    • Course examples include Sociology of the Family and Intimate Relations, Group and Family Work, and Gender, Family, Sex, Society and Politics

    Northern Ireland: Democracy & Social Change (HECUA)

    • Provides a background on the historical, political and religious roots of conflict as well as the prospects for peace and the progress being made
    • Includes a seven-week internship that can explore areas such as working with families in stress, single parents, or economically poor families

    Study & Intern in London

    • Offers a 6 credit professional internship placement along with coursework in the humanities, social sciences, and business
    • Past placements include a youth jobs center, a women’s center, an alternative medicine clinic, and many other opportunities to work directly with families.

    University of Nottingham (available through Arcadia United Kingdom)

    • Find interesting course offerings in the Sociology & Social Policy and Education units
    • Well-known for its social sciences, this institution would be a particularly good match for students with concentrations in economics or mental health

    Additional Options to Consider

    Non-Credit Opportunities

    • Non-credit opportunities can be a great option for students who do not need academic credit but want to gain skills and experience abroad related to their field of study.

     

    Student Experiences

    Emily S. Studies and Interns in London

    Emily interned with a non-profit family center in London while taking courses. She learned about her field and developed skills in working with homeless and refugee families.

    Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.