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Global Learning

Social Work as a Global Profession

As part of NYU's Global Network University, students have several opportunities to participate in global learning programs. Through immersion in local cultures and societies, students are able to experience social work as a global profession. Silver Faculty and Field instructors developed each program to examine social policy and practice, framed by the location’s social, political, and economic issues to give students a deeper understanding of diverse cultures.

Through an international lens, students can focus on:

  • Advanced clinical theory
  • Community engagement
  • Health and social welfare issues
  • Social justice and social movement
  • Global mental health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma

Several study abroad options allow for language immersion and residing with local families. Through the global experience, students are encouraged to reflect on social conditions and the multicultural values, ethics, ideologies, and approaches required for social work practice. Learn more about the Silver School’s global vision »

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MSW and Semester Programs

Single Courses

January 2016

Buenos Aires, Argentina: Core Concepts in Child and Adolescent Trauma

Puebla, Mexico: Complex Health and Social Welfare Issues: The Case of Unaccompanied Minors in the U.S.

Tel Aviv, Israel: Assessment and Treatment of Children of Substance Misusing Parents

March (Spring Break) 2016

Washington, D.C.: Social Work and Legislative Advocacy: Developing Skills and Knowledge

Summer 2016

Paris, France: Practice with Families: Comparative Approaches*

Wiesbaden, Germany: Human Rights and Social Justice in Social Work Research and Practice: Perspectives from Germany and the U.S.A.

*Indicates a course that is currently pending approval. Status for these courses will be updated soon.

opportunities for Undergraduates

Undergraduate students can enroll in some of the global programs housed at the Silver School—Costa Rica; Washington, DC; and Paris—and have additional options available in Ghana and Buenos Aires.

Opportunities for Alumni and Other Social Work Professionals

We invite applications to participate in global learning courses on a selected basis and at a reduced cost. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Dr. Eileen Wolkstein, Director, Office of Global and Lifelong Learning.


This opportunity is being offered in collaboration between the Silver School of Social Work and the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy & Research and offers students an opportunity to become globally focused, even if they study in New York. MORE INFORMATION»

The GLO for the 2015-2016 academic year is now full and cannot accept  additional applications.

Please visit our Global Program pages for information about single courses and longer program abroad this year.

NYU Passport Drive for US Citizens

OCTOBER 16, 2015 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

561 Laguardia Place, 1st Floor

Need to apply for or renew a US passport for international travel? The Office of Global Services is hosting a convenient Passport Drive for US citizens at NYU- don’t miss the chance to easily apply for or renew your passport! MORE INFORMATION»

NYU Silver Students Eligible for Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights

Visit the webpage for more information

Global Program Scholarship

The Office of Global and Lifelong Learning has a limited number of scholarships available to Silver students participating in Silver global programs that take place abroad (i.e., not in the U.S.).
To apply for one of these scholarships, please complete the form here.
Deadline to apply: November 15, 2015.