Ireland: Social Work
A GVSU Faculty-led Program
Tell me about this program
Open to: Bachelor and Master level students in social work and all majors interested in health care and other social issues in Ireland.
*** PLEASE NOTE: The information on this page is for the 2017 program. Updated 2018 program information will be available soon. Program details may be similar, but are subject to change. ***
Dublin and Galway, Ireland - The journey begins in Dublin, the capital of Ireland. You will experience a brief taste of the city and visit sites like St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, Dublin Castle, Christ Church, and Trinity College. The second part of the trip will take you to the west coast port community of Galway, home of the University of Ireland, Galway (UIG). Here, you will become familiar with community life, community social workers, and participate in service learning projects and interactions with clients through the work of the Galway Hospice.
Finally, we will stay in the Burren, in the Irish village of Lisdoonvarna. You will learn about the unique differences between a large city, a small city, and a country village, especially in relationship to the Irish membership in the European Union. Tours and talks with community members will enlighten us about the history of social problems and social interventions.
When can I go?
Session 1: April 30 - May 13 (14 days)
Session 2: May 20 - June 2 (14 days)
Where will I live?
Program participants will be housed in hotels and hostels.
Who is eligible to participate?
This program is open to all majors with permission from the director. Eligible students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for undergraduates or 3.0 for graduates.
GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to NonGVSU Students.
How do I apply?
To apply for this program, log on to www.gvsu.edu/oasis to begin your online application.
** 2018 Program application will open late summer 2017 **
APPLICATION DEADLINE (2018 Program): February 1, 2018
Non-GVSU Students are welcome to apply. Please view Non-GVSU Student Information
What credits will I receive?
Students will register for a total of 3 credits:
SW 354: International Service (3 credits)
SW 630: Social Work Global Service Learning (3 credits)
Language of Instruction: English
How much does the program cost?
Program Fee: $2,900
- Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
- Most meals (all breakfasts and a few evening meals)
- Field trips
- Local transportation
- GVSU Tuition (3 undergraduate credits: $1,518 OR 3 graduate credits: $1,812)
- Additional meals ($350)
- Passport fees ($140)
- ISIC card ($28)
Total Projected Cost (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = Undergraduate ($4,936) OR Graduate ($5,230)
To contact the Financial Aid office, email email@example.com with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail.
Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs.
FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT: up to $1,500. All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.
Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/scholarships for additional information on grants and scholarships.
Who can tell me more?
School of Social Work
377-C Richard M. DeVos Center
All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.