Ireland: Social Work (Session I)

*Please note:  The next time this program will run is Spring/Summer 2023. Details below 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.

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GPA Requirement
2.0 Undergraduate
3.0 Graduate
English Language Requirement
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Program Dates and Application Deadline

Spring/Summer 2023

Estimated Program Dates: April 2023 - May 2023
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

(Program Duration: 2 weeks)



Students will register for a total of 3 credits: 


SW 354: International Service (3 credits)

Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives requirement.

Fulfills (1) General Education Issues course requirement. Reflection required


SW 630: Social Work Global Service Learning (3 credits)

Language of Instruction: English


Program participants will be housed in hostels and hotels.

Cost and Scholarships



Program Fee: $2,999


  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodation
  • Most meals (all breakfasts and a few evening meals)
  • Field trips
  • Local transportation

Other Expenses

  • GVSU Tuition (3 undergraduate credits: $1,752 OR 3 graduate credits: $2,073)
  • Additional meals ($350)
  • Passport fees ($150)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses):

Undergraduate = $5,279 OR Graduate = $5,600



Students may fund study abroad by using financial aid, scholarships, grants and personal funds. A study abroad adviser can help you create a funding plan.

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.

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships:

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To contact the Financial Aid office, email [email protected] 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. 

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This program is open to BSW or MSW majors or any major with permission from the director. 

Open to graduate students.

GPA required: 2.0 GPA (Undergraduate) or 3.0 GPA (Graduate)

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to Non-GVSU Students.

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Contact Information

Spring/Summer 2023
Joan Borst
Program Director

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