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Section 3.08.05: Global Field Placement Guidelines

The Office of Global Activities (OGA) and the Office of Field Education (OFE) develop limited global field placements that correspond to the Global Social Work pathway and the requirements of the Global Activities Scholar Program (GASP) that can provide advanced field practice experiences and that reflect the richness and emerging trends of the social work profession. These field placements are approved by the associate dean for educational programs, the director of OGA, and the assistant dean for field education to ensure that the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accreditation and field curriculum standards are met and that students receive professional-level, credentialed supervision (minimum two (2) years post-MSW, preferably licensed). GASP students can expect to typically commit 4–5 days per week (8–10 advanced field education credits) toward their
global field experience. Students must begin their local field placement in the fall and winter terms and complete the global placement during the spring/summer term. GASP students must declare the Global Social Work pathway.

Extensive course planning and scheduling are involved. Global field placements have implications for the financial aid package and the curriculum schedule that is chosen, which is why the decision must be made PRIOR to registration for classes.

GASP students work closely with the Office of Global Activities upon admission to the school and will be required to attend mandatory meetings both prior to departing for the global field placement and after returning from abroad.

Students must accept that all arrangements for funding, travel, lodging, food, and other living expenses related to the field placement are the responsibility of the student. We recommend that students begin researching funding opportunities as soon as possible.

Special field schedules are required for GASP students:

Out-of-Sequence 16-month AND MasterTrack Curriculum Schedules
Incoming Fall: 2 credits (2 days/week) of SW 515 Foundation Field Education in a local/domestic field placement.
Winter: 4 credits (2 days/week) of SW 691 Advanced Field Education in a local/domestic field placement.
Spring/Summer: Global or national field placements occur during this term. 8 credits (4–5 days/week) of SW 691 Advanced Field Education.
Fall: Not enrolled in field education. Classes only.

Advanced Standing Curriculum Schedule
Incoming Fall: 4 credits (2 days/week) of SW 691 Advanced Field Education. In a local field placement.
Winter: 4 credits (2 days/week) of SW 691 Advanced Field Education. In a local field placement.
Spring/Summer: Global or national field placements occur during this term. 8 credits (4–5 days/week) of SW 691 Advanced Field Education. Advanced-Standing students will need to enroll in a minimum of eight (8) credits of Advanced Field Education during the spring/summer term, which means dedicating 4 elective credits to field education.

20-Month Curriculum Schedule - Must switch to the 16-month track. Requires the approval of the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management as this has implications for financial aid.

Must be in good academic standing and earn passing grades for all previous terms, including a grade of satisfactory (S) for SW 515 and SW 691.

Students have the option of participating in a global experience through an independent studies enrollment, but they will not receive field education course credit and they must follow all independent studies requirements and work with their academic advisor and the Office of Global Activities.

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