International Experiences (open to all students)

  • International Experience Information

    GSSW has offered long-standing community-based international courses which have all been on hold for the past two years due to Covid.  We are happy to announce that the courses will be offered again this year (2023) either in the spring/summer or fall/winter interterm.  See below for details and faculty contact information to learn more about each course. Disclaimer: All planning is dependent on international security risks as well as DU’s current COVID protocols and are subject to change based on university risk assessments and/or COVID protocol changes.

    GSSW offers the opportunity to participate in internationally-focused courses and experiences which include academic work followed by an in-country experience. All of the international courses are 3-credits and fulfill the Values for Practice course requirement for all Concentrations.  They can also be used as an elective. Students register for the course during the quarter in which the academic classes are held.

    For general information contact If you want advising guidance or have other questions, you can join Denver Campus virtual office hours  Tuesdays 11-12 pm.

    Important Information:

    All students: You must take the travel course in order to engage in the associated travel opportunity. If you were planning to finish degree requirements prior to your term of travel, please be aware your degree will not be finalized until after the trip is complete. In addition to the course tuition, there is a separate course fee attached to each course. Information about this course fee and other anticipated out-of-pocket expenses will be provided by the lead faculty for the course. All students must meet the University of Denver COVID Protocols in order to access campus for the courses and for travel, including full vaccination.

    MSW@Denver, Western Colorado, and Durango students: Because the courses are based in the Denver campus program, you would apply as a Visiting Student at least 6 weeks prior to the term in which the course is held in order to request to take the course. Approval is based on seat availability in the course. Courses will have a virtual attendance option available to students.

    MSW@Denver students:

    • If you are planning to take the travel course as your Values for Practice requirement, you will need to complete a Substitution form to do so. Not sure what courses are Values for Practice courses? Check out your Course Planning Tool here.
    • If you had planned to be in field internship when the travel opportunity is offered, you must have any time away from internship pre-approved by your agency. Please first connect with your GSSW Field Liaison.



    • Course work spring quarter
    • Travel in June/July

    Faculty Contact: 

    2023 Bosnia Course Flyer  

    Spring/Summer course for 2023

    Bosnia in Transition: The Social Work Response (SOWK 4762)

    The Bosnia in Transition course will be offered this upcoming quarter (spring) with travel in June. You will register for the 3-credit course in spring quarter.  If interested, please attend an information session.  You can also contact for more information.

    Chiapas, Mexico  Canceled for 2022

    Fluctuating schedule: 

    • Course work in spring quarter
    • Travel in June/July


    • Course work in fall quarter
    • Travel in November/December

    Faculty Contact: 

    Chiapas Info Sessions 2022 Flyer

    Fall quarter/Winter interterm courses for 2022

    SOWK 4757: Social Work and Latin American Cultures, An Intensive Practice and Spanish ImmersionOffered Fall quarter/Winter Interterm 2022


    • Course work in fall quarter
    • Travel in November/December

    Faculty Contact:

    Social Work in Kenya 2022 flyer

    Fall quarter/Winter interterm courses for 2022

    SOWK 4758: Social Work in Kenya: Context, Empowerment and Sustainability - Offered Fall quarter/Winter Interterm 2022

    2022 Info Sessions: 


    South Africa

    • Course work in fall quarter
    • Travel in November/December
    • Info Session: March 1, 2023 @ 6:30pm MST - LINK TO JOIN
    • Info Session: March 8, 2023 @ 11:00am MST - LINK TO JOIN

    Faculty Contact: 

    South Africa 2023 Flyer

    Fall quarter/Winter interterm courses for 2023

    SOWK 4763: Social Work and Social Justice in South Africa - Offered Fall quarter/Winter Interterm 2023


This portfolio last updated: 25-May-2023 3:41 PM