International Opportunities

Social work and family studies students are able to study abroad on a variety of St. Olaf programs (all of which are open to students from a variety of majors). Learn more from International and Off-Campus Studies.

256: Family Social Services in Central Mexico

Families in central Mexico survive and thrive in their communities. Students explore how public and private organizations work with informal systems to assist those challenged by poverty, injustice, poor health, addictions and global economic pressures. Development opportunities for, and contributions of, women are emphasized. Speakers, site visits to agencies and programs, home-stays, indigenous village immersion, and an orientation to Mexico City are included. Offered occasionally during interim.

263: Indigenous Cultures of Australia

This course focuses on the diversity of culture and experience in Australia society. Students learn about the experience of Aboriginal families from a variety of social science perspectives. A major focus is the relationships between indigenous people and the majority population in the U.S. and Australia.

Social Work 280: Social Realities in South Africa

Students study historical and contemporary realities of race, social class, health, welfare, and human rights in South Africa. This dynamic society provides unique opportunities to study the challenges and successes of inclusion, respect, and reconciliation in the post-Apartheid era. Students travel to three regions and meet with public, private, and community-based organizations. Special emphasis is on the status of women and children. Prerequisite: one course in political science, sociology/anthropology, social work, economics, psychology, family studies, or women’s and gender studies. Offered occasionally during Interim. Counts toward Africa and the Americas and family studies concentrations.

Social Work in the Latin American Context

The Cuernavaca, Mexico, spring semester program is for social work students in their junior year. The goal of the program is to develop cross-culturally competent, ethical social work professionals with a global perspective by providing a semester of transformative experiential learning focused on social and economic justice.

Non-St. Olaf Study Abroad Opportunities

CIEE International opportunities in Austria, Costa Rica, and EnglandĀ (see department faculty for advising prior to application)