University of Southern Indiana

Global Social Work

Due to COVID-19, the Social Work in Jamaica service-learning trip will not take place during the 2020-21 academic year.

Experience Social Work in an International Setting

Global Social Work

The Social Work Department at the University of Southern Indiana has partnered with International Service Learning Experiences (ISLE) to offer an outstanding service learning opportunity in Jamaica.

This trip is open to both graduate and undergraduate students who are seeking to increase their global awareness by engaging in social service work outside of the United States.

Undergraduate students enroll in SOCW 490: Social Work in Jamaica. This is a three credit hour elective social work course that meets the University Core Curriculum requirements for Global Communities. This course counts towards the University Core 39 as Global Community

Graduate students will enroll in SOCW 513:  Social Work in Jamaica. This is three credit hour elective.


In order to enroll, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of SOCW 221: Introduction to Social Work (undergraduate only)
  • Minimum sophomore standing
  • Enrolled in either SOCW 490/513 for the term in which the trip is being taken
  • Fee for transportation, lodging and food - $1500
  • Must have a current passport
  • Must have flexibility and a willingness to work in groups

Global Social Work Award

The Global Social Work Award was established by Dr. Wendy Turner, USI associate professor of social work. This award helps underwrite the expenses of full-time students planning to be a part of the annual Global Social Work trip.

Download the scholarship application, fill it out and return it to:

Social Work Department
Scholarship Committee
0129 Education Center
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47712

Contact Dr. Marie Opatrny Pease


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