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Andrea Cohen, MSW '84

Thinking Creatively about Senior Care

Andrea Cohen, MSW ’84, is dedicated to helping seniors age in place. As CEO of HouseWorks she has been a pioneer in private home care.  More about Thinking Creatively... »

Erin Gerber MSW ’09

'It's That Voice'

As a gender-based trainer/counselor in Thailand, Erin Gerber, MSW ’09, helped to empower refugees to find their voice.  More about 'It's That Voice' »

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International Programs

Since its founding, Boston College School of Social Work has been committed to the international dimensions of social problems and social work. Though the issues each country or community faces may be unique, the research-driven knowledge, experience-based insight, and field-tested skills required to address them are endlessly adaptable—as our graduates demonstrate throughout the world.

Global Practice Concentration

Our renowned MSW Global Practice concentration has taken students to five different continents where they were placed in refugee camps, child abuse centers, women's empowerment programs, and a wide range of other social service agencies.

As a Global Practice student, you might provide HIV/AIDS counseling, draft immigration policies, help develop programs for sexually exploited girls and teens, or evaluate housing for the poor.

Courses and Exchanges

Our international courses with a field component focus on social work issues in a variety of locations and are open to students of all concentrations. Students have had the opportunity to travel to and participate in community efforts in countries such as China, Cuba, Greece, India, Lesotho, Nepal, Northern Ireland, Romania, Tanzania, and Thailand to observe how social work affects local cultures. Watch a slideshow and read student reflections about their trip to Lesotho, Africa.

Our University Exchange Programs allow you to enroll for a semester at Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago, Chile, where students can refresh their Spanish skills early in the semester, participating in a field practicum and taking academic courses.

Along with the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work and the Council on Social Work Education, we are a patron sponsor of the annual International Social Work Conference.