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Program Description:
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Strasbourg Center: Social Work and Human Development

For students majoring in social work, child and family studies, or other programs focused on human services, this spring-only program allows students to enroll in five courses and includes a brief optional internship opportunity during their time abroad. While human service professions are conceptualized in different ways from country to country, the issues addressed by professionals in these areas are universal. The Strasbourg Social Work and Human Development program brings U.S. students face-to-face with human service delivery in other nations, enhancing their cross-cultural understanding and competencies while complementing their traditional campus courses.

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Open to visiting students
  • Credit hours: 16
  • No language prerequisite

The program includes courses that meet requirements in social work and child and family studies, courses that address liberals arts requirements, and collaborative courses with the French social work and social pedagogy programs in the region: *Internships with the Council of Europe, other governmental agencies, or agencies that work with immigrants or refugees (e.g., the Red Cross) might be possible. As your French language skills increase over the semester, internship options might expand.

Program Overview

Students will benefit from ongoing collaborative partnerships between the School of Social Work and French, German, and Swiss institutions of higher education in social work, and social pedagogy, a field of study in Europe focused on children and families.

Embedded in the 16 credit hours of study is the "European Identity" Signature Seminar, a 3-credit introduction to pressing issues facing Europe today. Students will begin their semester in Paris, traveling to Amsterdam and Cologne during the seminar. Students will visit major cities and important historical sites, meet with local government leaders, educators, and activists for a first-hand understanding of how history, geography, and politics are woven together to create multilayered European identities.


During your semester in Strasbourg, you will live with French hosts, either within the city of Strasbourg or in the immediate outskirts on a bus or tram line. Living with a host family allows you to use the French you’ve learned in class and develop insights into French culture and daily life. Hosts vary from families to single professionals. Continental breakfasts are provided by the host family every day, and evening meals are provided weekdays. For the midday meal, students will usually eat at cafés or student restaurants.

Our housing coordinator in Strasbourg makes the placements based on extensive experience with each host, many of whom have welcomed students into their homes for a decade or more. Host families are much-loved by alumni, and often become second families to students after they leave.

Program Cost

The cost of the SU Strasbourg program includes SU tuition and a program fee. Financial aid is available. For a complete breakdown of costs, we have prepared a budget sheet (Strasbourg Planning Budget 2017-18.pdf) for students and their families. The academic calendars at foreign universities may differ from the SU Center academic calendar and may require additional housing days based on the student's registration. This billing may occur after the program has begun.

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Caitlin Jarvis, admissions counselor for SU Strasbourg:

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 01/09/2018 05/05/2018
NOTE: Dates are tentative and subject to change.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.