Study Abroad

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. For the 2022 academic year, we are excited to offer a Summer Study Abroad program in Prague, Czech Republic and, for BSW students, one semester exchange programs in Sweden. On this page you will find information about each of these programs, instructions on how to apply, and various program requirements.

NOTE: In the time of Covid-19, "normal" international program processes do not always apply. The health and safety of students and faculty are our primary concern, and governments world-wide are in states of flux regarding their immigration policies and capacity to host travelers from abroad. Please stay in touch with program administrators to learn the latest information regarding applications for and status of future events. We are eager to work with CSW students and look forward to finding safe pathways to these great opportunities.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

London, England

London, England 

Prague Study Abroad Summer 2022

Program details

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, non-governmental organizations addressing human rights, 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. Due to COVID-19, we anticipate visiting these sites as before, but plan to keep overnight lodgings in the Czech Republic while we do. 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: June 12 to July 16, 2022
  4. Program Fee: $6065
    • Includes- all registration fees, 6 credit hours, orientation, 5 weeks of housing, program-planned excursions/group activities, Full-time academic and student support, health insurance, public transportation pass, etc. 
  5. 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).
  6. Application: Fill out the FSU International Programs Study Abroad online application early! Applications to the Prague program open October 11th.
    •  Acceptance to the program is highly competitive, and interested students are strongly advised to apply early (in past years students were placed on a waitlist within just one day of the application opening).
    • CSW Scholarship winners who are otherwise admissible to the Prague Study Abroad Program will be guaranteed acceptance into the program as long as they submit their IP application and pay the application fee.
    • Other qualified applicants are guaranteed a spot in the program on a fist-come / first-serve basis.
  7. Payments: students must pay a $100 application fee at time of submission. Accepted students must pay the Commitment Fee by January 19, 2022, and the Final Payment Fee by February 16, 2022.

Note- if an applicant is waitlisted they are able to transfer the $100 application fee to another program that interests them, or they can remain on the waitlist to see if a spot opens up. If a spot is never offered to them, they will be refunded the $100 application fee. If an applicant withdraws their application, they will forfeit the $100 application fee.

Contact Dr. Neil Abell (, 2022 Program Leader, for more information.


Study Abroad Scholarship

CSW Scholarships are available on a limited basis for Prague 2022 social work participants! Please be sure to apply to the Prague 2022 program before filling out the Study Abroad Scholarship Application (link below). Note that CSW scholarship applications are a separate process typically completed at the same time as the program applications. Since students not awarded scholarships are admitted to the program on a first-come / first-serve basis, early program application is strongly advised.

Applicants awarded Prague Study Abroad Scholarships who otherwise meet university academic requirements and submit a program application and pay the application fee by November 12, 2022 will be automatically accepted into the program. Academically qualified students who wish to attend and are not awarded a CSW scholarship will be admitted first come / first served.

Prague Scholarship Application (Closed)


Alumni Testimonials

Written Testimonials

Click below to read about Prague Participant Cara Scott's experience during the summer 2018 program!


Video Testimonials

View alumni videos about their experiences during the Prague Study Abroad program!

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BSW Exchange Program: Sweden

Jönköping University, Sweden

program details

Formal exchange programs are offered for BSW students interested in spending a semester living in and learning about different cultures. The College of Social Work currently partners with Jönköping University in Jönköping, Sweden.

Courses are taught in English during the fall and spring semesters and coordinate with the host university's academic calendars. FSU students register and receive credit for FSU courses matched in content to host institution offerings. 

Students take a full-time course load and pay FSU tuition and fees (Bright Futures can be used) and receive credit for required or elective classes. Contact your academic advisor as soon as possible to begin the academic planning process, and contact BSW Program Director, Carol Edwards ( for program details.

Financial Assistance for Study Abroad and Exchange Programs

FSU and the College of Social Work offer financial aid and scholarships for students wishing to participate in international programs.

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

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