UW Oshkosh

Social Work Study in Germany

Location: Fulda in the state of Hessen - Germany
Dates: 2015 dates TBD
Courses: Social Work 333 (SS)
Accommodation: hotel
Program Model: Student Exchange /Faculty-led
Contact: Donna Altepeter, Swart 235, 920-424-1081


Earn credit toward your Social Work major!

SW333 examines the cultural and structural aspects of poverty and their impact on populations at risk both globally and in the United States.  It explores the particularly damaging effects of poverty on women, children, and persons of color and encourages exploration of societal and social welfare policies and practices which contribute to or reinforce impoverishment.  The course also encourages exploration of the need for practitioners to become more aware of and sensitive to the effects of poverty on human behavior and to examine how professionals in social welfare organizations relate to impoverished and oppressed persons. But the experience is not just about being in a classroom! Visitors from around the world visit Fulda every year. The town of 63,000 boasts picturesque baroque quarters and a charming old town with half-timbered houses and cobble stoned streets. In the summer time, life takes to the outdoors as visitors and locals alike enjoy the many side-walk cafés and open air events, the generous green spaces and beautiful surroundings: the Rhön mountains have been declared UNESCO-Biosphere Reserve. Further leisure opportunities include city tours. Fulda is located in the center of Germany: cities with long traditions like Weimar or Würzburg and modern metropolies such as Frankfurt Main, Berlin, Hamburg, or Munich make easy day or weekend trips from Fulda. Visit this website to view the experience from the perspective of Dr. Fredi Giesler, instructor from 2012. 

The International Summer University (ISU) at Fulda attracts an international student population and offers courses in Social Work, Business, Communication, and Public Health & Nutrition - in English. All participants take an intensive German language course at levels ranging from beginner to advanced. Round out your experience with an impressive cultural program, complete with excursions, sight-seeing tours, guest lectures and social events.

Special Needs

--ISU Fulda offers child care for children 1-8 years old.

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Program Application & Guide
March 4, 2009