An international service learning course for students interested in gaining experience in working in community development programs in communities affected by war. This international service-learning experience will provide students with an opportunity to learn and work with community development groups active in community reconstruction efforts, practice social work macro-practice, interact with community development actors and work with multidisciplinary teams. The structure of this course is a combination of pre-departure seminars, in which students get an opportunity to learn about theories and approaches to community reconstruction and community practice; a two weeks service learning experience in Croatia; and a post-trip seminar back on the IUPUI campus. The two weeks in Croatia will expose students to the consequences of the war and its impact on the wellbeing of communities. While in Croatia, IU students, along with community development actors from the PRONI Centre for Social Education, will have the opportunity to learn and work together during seminars and assignments. PRONI Centre for Social Education is an extraordinary Croatian NGO that has worked for more than one decade to minimize the ethnic division among youth and create an environment in which young people can rebuild safe and long lasting communities. Through the PRONI Centre for Social Education students will have an opportunity to interact and work with local students from University of Osijek. The lectures will take place at the headquarters of PRONI Centre for Social Education in Osijek, Croatia. One field trip to the Danube and the region of Osijek/Vukovar will be planned for a weekend.
Social Work Practice in Post-War Communities
Application Opens: TBA
- Program DatesMay 19 - June 7, 2017
- Academic Program
The course will offer three credit hours for graduate students in SWK-S 600 or undergraduate students in SWK-S 400. This international service-learning experience will provide students with an opportunity to learn and work with local community social reconstruction actors as well as international social development personnel involved in community practice initiatives and community reconstruction through elementary schools.
This course will serve as an elective for students in the Master of Social Work program, the Bachelor of Social Work program, or other majors in IUPUI/non-IUPUI system.
Go here to review a draft of the course syllabus.
The available coursework is particularly suited for, but not necessarily limited to, the following academic interests: Social Work, Sociology, Public Affairs and Administration, and Political Science.
- Additional Information
For more information, please contact Dr. Carmen Luca Sugawara.
Go here to view the program flyer.
All information is subject to change. This site is neither a contract nor an offer to make a contract. The Office of International Affairs reserves the right to change or discontinue a program at will. Please contact our office if you have a disability and need assistance or special arrangements.
- HousingIn Osijek, students will stay with host families.
- Program Eligibility
You may apply if you:
All applicants must meet IUPUI’s minimum standard eligibility requirements. Additional requirements for this program include:
- This course will be open to any undergraduate or graduate student in the IU system in social work, sociology, SPEA, political science and other disciplines with an interest in social development and community development.
- There are no prerequisites or language requirements.
- Graduate students must have a 3.0 minimum GPA and undergraduate students must have a 2.75 GPA.
- Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with their programs of study.
Selection is based on maturity, seriousness of purpose, and appropriateness of match between program and applicant.
Complete eligibility criteria and selection criteria are outlined within the Academic Policies and Procedures of the Office of Overseas Study. Selection is based on maturity, seriousness of purpose, and appropriateness of match between program and applicant. Students on disciplinary probation during program period are ineligible.
- Costs and Financial Aid
The budget is an estimate and is not meant to portray the exact cost of this program.
- Program fee: $997
(includes host family housing, group excursions, group meals, and some transportation)
- Airfare: $1,250*
(This is an estimate. It should be no more than $1,500/ticket)
- Hotel Accommodation: $520
- Additional Meals: $245
- Local Transportation: $98
- Health Insurance: $30
- Administrative fee: $80
Total estimated cost: $3,220 + standard tuition and fees
A $500 non-refundable deposit is due May 2, 2017.
Costs will vary depending on the current exchange rate, airfare, and individual expenditures. Estimate does not include tuition. For information on tuition cost, visit the Office of the Bursar’s Tuition & Fee Estimator. Tuition fees will be affected by your student status at IUPUI.
Financial Aid and Scholarships:
- IU scholarships, grants and loans applicable to program costs with some exceptions. Please carefully check these exceptions before you commit to a program.
Please see our financial aid page for general information and links to additional scholarship opportunities.
- Program fee: $997