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Global Learning

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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 »

Passport and Visa Information

All students seriously interested in participating in a global program outside the US should have or acquire a valid passport.
In some cases, international students will need a visa to travel to one of our program locations.
If you have questions about passports or visas, please contact the Office of Global Services (OGS) early, as both of these processes can take some time.
Contact Information for the Office of Global Services
Call OGS at 212-998-4242

Passport Drive for US Citizens

April 20, 2018
383 Lafayette Street

Need to apply for or renew a US passport for international travel? The Office of Global Services (OGS) is hosting a convenient Passport Drive for US citizens at NYU. Don’t miss the chance to easily apply for or renew your passport!

Representatives from the US Department of State will be collecting applications from US citizens for first time passports, passport renewals and passport cards. Learn more about passports at the website

Global Program Scholarships

The Office of Global and Lifelong Learning has a limited number of scholarships available to Silver students participating in short-term Silver global programs that take place abroad (i.e., not in the U.S.).

Applications for scholarships for the summer 2018 programs are now closed.

Silver Students Eligible for Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights

Visit the Gallatin Scholarly Communities website for more information.

MSW and Semester Programs

Single Courses

January 2018

  • Puebla, Mexico: Complex Health and Social Welfare Issues: The Case of Unaccompanied Minors in the US - Application closed
  • Tel Aviv, Israel: Assessment and Treatment of Children of Substance Misusing Parents - Application closed

Summer 2018

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina: Core Concepts in Child and Adolescent Trauma - - Application closed
  • Glasgow, Scotland: Comparative Mental Health Policy and Practice in the United Kingdom and the United States - - Application closed(This course can count for the Advanced Social Policy requirement)
  • New York City, USA: Where Do You Come From? Discourses of (Im-) Migration in Germany and the USA (combined summer program with Social Work students from Germany) - Application now available
  • Paris, France: Practice with Families: Comparative Approaches - Application closed

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. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Ben Sher, Director, Office of Global and Lifelong Learning.


If you've read the Global Programs FAQ, where we cover a number of frequently asked questions from students about these programs, and still have questions, please reach out to Stephanie Kaplan, Assistand Director, Office of Global and Lifelong Learning, for assistance.