The International Study Program will be conducted during Summer I of 2017 and will provide approximately 20 students (undergraduate) a unique opportunity to study Romanian Social Welfare system from its past to current state.
The Social Work Program is offering a study abroad opportunity during Summer I of June 2017 in Bucharest, Romania. There will an opportunity to visit the University of Bucharest (UB) and meet both Social Work Faculty and Students. Those attending the study abroad program will be able to meet students from the UB and tour the campus. Five of the Professors form the UB will meet with the students and provide a lecture on social work from a Romanian perspective. The lectures will include, but not limited to: poverty, family planning, healthcare, and high risk populations. There will be an opportunity to visit at least two, possible three, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and interact with social workers in those agencies.
Along with the educational component of the study abroad program, there will be an opportunity to visit many historical and cultural sites in Bucharest included, but not limited to: the National Military Museum, Cismigiu Park (like Central Park in New York), various art and natural history museums. We will also visit the People’s Parliament Building, which is the second largest building in the world, only to the Pentagon. There will take a trip to the city of Brasov and while there, we will visit Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle).
Bucharest is an old Eastern European city that was once known as the “Little Paris” and has a feel and looks similar to that of Paris today. There are many open air outdoor cafes and restaurants and most of the people of Bucharest speak English. Bucharest has old world charm and modern conveniences that make this opportunity one that is hard to pass upon.
Students will engage in five campus class setting at ASU prior to departing for Romania. Content will include historical, cultural, political and social influences of Romania and social welfare services. Students will be required to attend all formal class room settings, both on campus and abroad. Students will have at least four lectures/presentations presented by faculty from the University of Bucharest Social Work Department on issues ranging from child welfare, policies on poverty, health care and family planning. There will be excursions designed to enhance learning to Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) that provide social welfare services in Romania. The students will learn the similarities/differences in social welfare services between Romania and the United States.
This course will highlight the difference and similarity of social welfare services between Romania and the United States. Topics will include child welfare services, policy to address poverty, delivery of health care services and family planning options. The course will be highlighted by the presentation of workshops by social work faculty from the University of Bucharest in Romania. There will also be guided tours of NGOs that provide social welfare services to individuals.
1. Class sessions on the ASU campus prior to departure 10 hours
2. Class sessions and seminars in Romania 30 hours
3. Special lectures, briefings and excursions 10 hours
Minimum total faculty-student contact hours 50 hours
Students will be extensively briefed prior to departure regarding travel arrangements and schedules with addresses and telephone numbers given each participant. All travel arrangements will be made by the program directors and approved by the University. All program participants must have adequate health and accident insurance coverage in case of medical care or emergencies. Students will be required to obtain International Student Identification Cards that will provide medical, death and discount benefits. Participants must provide the directors with a copy of the policy number and company name of their insurance policies.
- This course will be open to both social work majors and non-majors.
- Undergraduate ASU student in good standing.
|Tuition and Fees (based on 6 credit hours)||$1,759.50|
|Program Fee (airfare, transportation, lodging, excursions, some meals)||$4,000.00|
|Estimated Meals (not included in program fee)||$800.00|
|Spending Money (estimate based on amount spent by students on prior programs for travel, gifts, entertainment and miscellaneous)||$200.00|
The program will be overseen by Dr. Thomas W. Starkey, Assistant Professor of Social Work and Program Director.