Global Opportunities

The University and the School have a strong and growing international focus offering a variety of global educational experiences. The School offers courses which include international travel and an international field placement program for interested students.

Information about University global education initiatives for all students may be found at

SSW Courses with International Travel:  A variety of courses that include campus classes and travel to another country are available.  These courses have focused on social justice, health research, and comparative social work practice globally.  Travel locations have included India, Central America and Israel.

SSW International Field Placement Program (IFPP):  International advanced field placements are offered in London, UK and Cochin, India.  Students live on campus at the partnering university and take MSW courses in the social work department there.  Field placements are arranged in local agencies based upon the student’s concentration and specialization.  

In both locations, students are in residence for five to six months and complete (18) credits towards their advanced curriculum including their advanced field practicum requirement. These placements begin in summer and extend through the fall semester.  Interested students complete an application and interview as part of the selection process.  

For more information about IFPP, contact: 
Caroline Long Burry, PhD, MSW


The University of Maryland, School of Social Work (UMSSW) has developed an educational and research partnership with the Yonsei University School of Social Welfare in Seoul, Korea. Yonsei University, one of most prestigious Universities in Korea, is thrilled to collaborate with School of Social Work on their Brain Korea 21 (BK21) project. The UMSSW will develop collaborations including the following:

• Development of programs for academic and cultural interchange, scientific research, and other activities of mutual benefit

• Exchange of scholars and academic professionals

• Promotion of joint research activities, seminars, and academic meetings various field of social work