Study Abroad

On the Vltava River in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Florida State University College of Social Work, in conjunction with FSU’s International Programs, has conducted many study abroad courses in a wide range of locations. Currently, we are offering a summer study abroad program in the Czech Republic and inviting faculty proposals for London. The College also offers two undergraduate exchange programs during the spring and fall semester in Australia and Sweden.

Summer Study Abroad Programs vary from four to five weeks, are taught by FSU faculty, and cover an array of specialty areas. Past programs have focused on international social work and social welfare as well as social work and social welfare in criminal justice settings. Emphasis is placed on understanding human rights and social justice as dynamic features of global assessment and response to social problems. Courses are rarely restricted to majors, so students from other disciplines and/or universities are encouraged to apply. Tuition is assessed at Florida’s in-state rates for all students, regardless of their institution of origin.

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC Study Abroad Summer 2018

Prague, Czech Republic

Located in the heart of Europe, Prague is renowned for its concentration of medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque influences, and provides a fascinating vantage point from which to study contemporary human rights and social justice issues in transitions from Fascism and Communism to Democracy. BSW and MSW students enroll in two Social Work courses, and visit settings such as drug treatment clinics, domestic violence centers, HIV/AIDS prevention and care sites, human rights organizations, courts, and prisons. Excursions to Poland, Germany and the medieval Czech village of Cesky Krumlov blend academic and cultural experiences revealing the region’s achievements and challenges yet to be overcome in championing human rights.The program is taught in conjunction with FSU International Affairs, whose faculty co-lead.

  1. Eligibility: open to graduate and undergraduate students; emphasis on but not limited to social work majors.
  2. Housing:  program participants will be housed in comfortable apartments in the metropolitan Prague area
  3. Program Dates and Costs: June 30, 2018 – August 3, 2018 ($5,775 total program fee)
  4. Program Courses: Theory and Practice of Social Work in Criminal Justice Settings (SOW 4665/5666) and International Social Work and Social Welfare (SOW 4784/5785).
  5. Application: Fill out the FSU International Programs Study Abroad online application early! Applicants are granted a slot in the program on a first come first serve basis. Acceptance to the program is highly competitive, and an early application is strongly advised.

Click here for the Prague 2018 Program Application

Contact Dr. Stephen Tripodi, Prague 2018 Program Leader, for further program details (

Study Abroad Scholarship Application

Scholarships are available for Prague 2018 social work participants! Please for Click the “Apply Now” button to fill out the Study Abroad Scholarship Application. Scholarship applications are due September 25, 2016. Please email Emily Joyce ( with any questions about the scholarship application.

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View more videos about the study abroad experience in Prague: Video 2Video 3Video 4

Exchange Programs: Australia & Sweden

Jönköping University, Sweden

Programs offered in fall and spring involve formal exchanges with universities abroad, are taught in English by host institution faculty, and are coordinated with their academic calendars. Students register and receive credit for FSU courses matched in content to host institution offerings.

  •  Students interested in spending a semester living in and learning about differing cultures should investigate the opportunities available to take social work classes at a university in an international location. The College of Social Work currently partners with Jönköping University in Jönköping, Sweden and Griffith University on the Gold Coast campus in Australia.
  • Students take a full-time courseload.  At this time, field placements are not available at these universities. Students pay FSU tuition and fees (Bright Futures can be used for an international exchange) and receive credit for required or elective classes. Contact your academic advisor as soon as possible to begin the academic planning process, and contact Dr. Dina Wilke ( for program details.

Financial Assistance for International Programs

The University and College offer financial aid and scholarships for students wishing to participate in international programs.

For more information regarding study abroad opportunities, please contact our director of international programs, Neil Abell, Ph.D., LCSW at (850) 644-9753 or