Shanghai, China

Human Services and Social Work in China: Health and Mental Health


About the Course

Faculty: Yuwah Eva Lu, PhD, Associate Professor of Social Work


Social work profession and practice have presented a significant progress in China in the last decade.  China has adopted social work as a means of sustaining economic development and actualizing a “harmonious society.”  Given that social work practice skills (clinical and community) have been used in a different context, the focus of the course is to learn the different practice models, approaches and perspectives in China, and investigate how local practice can help promote human well-being and social development. It is expected that students would be able to develop a critical and analytical understanding of cross-cultural practice.

In addition to common social issues, each year, the course will have a specific theme. The theme for 2020 is Health and Mental Health.

  • Dates: June or July 2020 in China (~14 days) with two pre-departure classes in NYC early May, final dates TBA 
  • Credits: 3 elective credits
  • Note for 16-month students: Students in the 16-month program are unable to be absent from field or class in the summer session; given the compressed nature of the program there is insufficient time available to make up missed field hours. 16-month students can, however, take a Jterm global course the winter of their second year, when they are on the same schedule as the two year program.
  • Note on Summer Courses: Summer courses count toward summer credit. This may affect your financial aid needs for the year, and for graduating seniors may affect your graduation status. Make sure to check with financial aid and your academic advisor early on.

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  • NYU Silver MSW students
  • NYU Silver BSW students who will be seniors in Fall 2021
  • Graduating MSW students may participate in this course in fulfillment of their degree requirements and will also be allowed to participate fully in Convocation May 2020 (however, please note that official degree conferral will not occur until September 2020)
  • NYU graduate students at other schools and non-NYU graduate students at other universities are considered on a space-available basis


  • Tuition and Fees: Graduate tuition and fees, paid directly to the Bursar. 
  • GeoBlue Insurance: $64. Enrollment in GeoBlue insurance is required for all students traveling outside of the United States for an NYU course. The Office of Global and Lifelong Learning will enroll all students in GeoBlue insurance.
  • Estimated Housing and Excursions: $1,300 including lodging (4-star hotel, double occupancy), breakfast, local transportation, and weekend tour.
  • Estimated Airfare to Shanghai: $1,000 (estimated, from New York; dependent upon booking date)
  • Meals: Students are responsible for lunch, dinner, and any additional meals.
  • All other expenses are the responsibility of the student.


Study Abroad Course Application and Registration Process

For information on how to apply to this program, visit our Application and Registration Information page.

Application deadline: Extended until January 31, 2020

Shanghai Scholarship Application

To apply for a scholarhsip, visit our Scholarship Application page.

Application deadline: Extended until January 31, 2020 


General Inquiries

Stephanie Kaplan
Assistant Director, Office of Global and Lifelong Learning /


Yuhwa Eva Lu
Associate Professor of Social Work