Field placements in other countries or regions are developed by
the field education staff in partnership with the student and an
interested organization. The policies outlined here apply to
International, Out-of-Region and Regional Immersion
(“Block”) Placements (advanced year only).
The SSW curriculum allows for “block” or immersion
placements (in which 480 hours are completed in one semester) in
the final Spring or Summer of a student’s program. Students
wishing to request approval to pursue an immersion placement in
their Advanced Year must do so prior to the deadline for submitting
their Advanced Year field application. This timeframe is reflective
of the significant time required in securing legal affiliation and
ensuring that SSW program requirements will be met.
A placement must be included in one of the following categories
to be considered for an immersion (“block”)
- Out of region/Out-of-state.
- Regional agencies — ONLY those agencies which have
approved “block” placement options. The Field
Education Office does not have a pool of immersion sites currently
available but will work one-on-one with students to explore the
feasibility of particular “block” placements in the
The director of field education must assess and approve all
“block” placement options. A student must be in good
standing and not involved in a process of review. Due to the
greater demands placed on students in an immersion placement,
recommendation forms are required, and excellence should be
exemplified in all areas of a student’s program, i.e.
attendance, field performance. The additional standard of proof is
required because the student will be further beyond the
School’s resources in case the need for additional support