Sarah Nesbitt (MSW '13) taught a public health class at a refugee camp in Thailand as part of her international field placement.
Immersion in other environments and cultures enables social
workers to expand their sense of self-awareness and cultural
consciousness. Our transformational international and out-of-region
field placements help students broaden their global perspective to
better understand and address social injustice.
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).
International, Out-of-Region and Regional Immersion Placements
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) placement:
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 region.
Please note that students should not approach agencies
directly to request block placements.
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 the student’s program. 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 arises.