SU Strasbourg to Introduce New Social Work Program

Strasbourg3Beginning in Spring 2016, the Syracuse University Strasbourg Center will offer a new course cluster with a focus on social work and human services in the region. This new program will cater to SU and visiting students majoring in social work, child and family studies, or other human services programs.

Located in the heart of Europe in close proximity to the Council of Europe, European Parliament, and the European Court of Human Rights, SU Strasbourg is uniquely capable of delivering a meaningful program in social work. Students will benefit from collaboration between SU Strasbourg and French, German, and Swiss higher learning institutions of social work and social pedagogy as well as the School of Social Work.

Highlights of the course include a 3-credit traveling Signature Seminar and an optional one-credit internship. During the Signature Seminar, students will visit major cities to meet with local government leaders, educators, and activists to deepen their understanding of multilayered European identities. The internship program allows for students to intern at institutions such as the Council of Europe, government agencies, or agencies that work with immigrants or refugees.

Social work and human services students will enroll in five courses. The courses are as follows:

  • SWK 328 Human Diversity in Social Context (3 credits)
  • SWK 470/CFS 470 Experience Credit; conducted as a collaborative course with regional students/programs (3 credits)
  • French language (required) (4 credits)
  • Elective or course to satisfy other requirements (3 credits)
  • PSC 400 European Identity Signature Seminar (3 credits)

Each course within the program is designed to bring students a well-rounded and first-hand view of social work as it is delivered in other nations.

For more information on this program please contact: Gael Noyes at or (315) 443-0252


Student Spotlight: Kaitlin O’Rourke



When studying abroad, students often have a language barrier to overcome when living in their host country or as part of their travels. Kaitlin O’Rourke, who is studying at the SU Center in Santiago, Chile, has taken language immersion one step further by teaching English to Spanish speaking students at a local high school.

In her blog, Kaitlin writes about how she is navigating not only speaking but teaching a foreign language and the trials and moments of hilarity that come with teaching a class of  seventeen year-old boys. She writes:

“I have never quite appreciated my Spanish teachers as much as I do now. Teaching a language is hard. Even though all I really have to do, in theory, is talk with the boys (did I mention that this is an all boys high school??) and correct their grammatical mistakes, my job is really far more difficult than that.”

Follow Kaitlin as she wraps up her abroad experience by reading her blog here.