Shanghai, China

Human Services and Social Work in China: Children, Youth and Child Welfare


About the Program

  • Dates of Course: May 18-31, 2019 (with two pre-departure classes in NYC on May 14 and May 17)
  • Location: Shanghai, China, with trips to Chengdu and Guangzhou, China
  • Housing: Students will stay in double rooms
  • Passport:
  • NOTE: Summer abroad programs 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.
  • Total Credits: 3 credits
  • Available for: MSW students and related fields; rising junios in social work and related fields
  • 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.  

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; in the year 2019, lectures, readings, and sites selection will reflect the theme of Children, Youth and Child Welfare.


Eva Lu, PhD, Associate Professor of Social Work

Qingwen Xu, PhD, Professor of Social Work and Coordinator, MSW Program at Shanghai and New York


  • Students in New York, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi.
  • Social work and other disciplines, such as child development, psychology, public health, family therapy, social development, sociology, global Asia study, etc.   
  • Graduate students—including MSWs in their final year—and BS students who will be seniors in Fall 2019, may apply for this course. Graduating MSWs may apply for this course in fulfillment of their degree requirements (elective) and will be allowed to participate fully in Convocation May 2019, prior to completing the course. Graduating MSW students for whom this course completes the MSW degree requirements can attend the May ceremony, and will receive the degree subsequent to completing the course (the following fall semester)


  • Tuition and Fees: Graduate tuition and fees, paid directly to the Bursar. Undergraduate tuition: Please review the University’s tuition structure for undergraduates:, paid to the Bursar.
  • GeoBlue Insurance: $29.10. 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, 2 persons in one room), 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.
  • Personal expenses: All other expenses are the responsibility of the student.

Visas & Vaccinations

Visas will be necessary for most students. NYU will advise on the necessary steps for visa acquision.
Please check the CDC’s webpage for information on required and recommended vaccinations for visitors to China: destinations/traveler/none/china