International Opportunities

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UBSSW alumni, student, faculty and staff volunteer at the WNY World Refugee Day

Social workers must be culturally savvy in today’s increasingly global world. The University at Buffalo offers students an educational opportunity that is enriched by exposure to diverse cultures, both on campus and through study abroad.

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This brief video introduces current and prospective students to the range of international opportunities available at the School.  

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The Global Interest Group works to continue the globalization of the UBSSW, and to raise awareness of global issues within our community through hosting a variety of on and off-campus initiatives. 

Our students have studied around the globe, from Brazil to Bangladesh and South Africa to Scotland, investigating a range of issues. Students can transfer these credits into the UB School of Social Work to meet some of their elective credits and fulfill field placement requirements.

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International Research Opportunities

Our faculty are using their research expertise to address major social issues such as addiction, aging, child welfare, gender-based violence, health disparities and HIV/AIDS across the globe.

UB Social Work faculty are currently engaged in exciting research projects in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Tanzania. Faculty involved in activities with a global focus include Filomena Critelli, Annette Semanchin-Jones, Isok Kim, Wooksoo Kim, Kathleen Kost, Shaanta Murshid and Hilary Weaver.  

For further information on international research opportunities for students, visit our research center, the Buffalo Center for Social Research (BCSR), located in 219 Parker Hall on UB’s South Campus, or email Professor Catherine Dulmus, BCSR director, at

Graduate Certificate in Canadian Studies

UB’s research and teaching on Canada is among the most active of any campus in the U.S., making Buffalo an excellent place to study our neighbor to the north. What’s more, students can obtain this 15-credit certificate as they complete their program.

Certificate Requirements:

  • Completion of 15 credit hours of approved coursework and/or internship credit 
    • Field practicum credits in Canadian field placements will count towards the 15 credits
  • Take two courses in the Canadian Studies program
    • Can be counted towards their social work electives

To fulfill the 15-credit requirement, students would focus on Canadian issues and policies in some of their social work courses. For example, students might compare American and Canadian health care policy for their research paper in SW 500, Social Welfare History and Policy.

Students interested in this option should meet with program director Professor Munroe Eagles ( to receive approval of their planned coursework, as well as with their social work academic advisor.

International Student Mentoring Program

Social work students can mentor newly arrived international students, helping them to adjust to life in Buffalo, through this program offered by the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) office and UB Counseling Services.