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Mental Health, Policies and Practices in India and the U.S.

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Social work students in India. Photo by SAU Professor Johny Augustine.

This program is currently accepting applications for Winter 2015-16. 

Course: MSW 910, Mental Health Policies and Practices in India and the United States (three credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Johny Augustine, Assistant Professor of Social Work
Dates:  December 30, 2015 - January 15, 2016
Primary Location:  Kollam and Cochin, India
Price: $4,460

Program description

This elective MSW course emphasizes comparative approaches to the analysis of mental health policies and practices in India and the US. Course content includes: international and comparative approaches in social welfare policy and practice, mental health practice and policy in India and in the United States, and cross-cultural learning exchanges with social work students and mental health professionals in India. Students interested in international and trans-national comparisons of social welfare programs and policies will find this course useful in applying social work principles, sills, and empowerment perspective in cross-cultural social work practice.

The participating social work institution is Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham at Kollam. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is an autonomous university that offers a masters program in social work and is engaged in numerous social initiatives in the local community and across the state of Kerala. Students will get a chance to observe and participate in those community initiatves, visit several social service agencies located in the state of Kerala including government and private health and mental health insititutions that take care orphaned and street children, old-age homes, and several community development projects. In addition, students get a chance to interact with social work students to Amrita University Masters program, and several other schools of social work in the state. The location is ideal for students to understand the mental health and social development issues in the country while living in a safe environment.

What is included
  • Roundtrip airfare to India
  • Ground transportation in India
  • Shared accommodation in a hostel
  • International health insurance
  • Visa fee
  • Classroom fees
  • Instructor travel expenses
  • Contingency fee

What is not included
  • Meals
  • Personal baggage fees
  • Souvenirs and personal spending money
  • Possible TB test upon return to the US (minimum $28)


How to apply

Application deadline - September 15, 2015
Step 1: Complete the online application. 
Step 2: Fill out a Liability Form. Upload the form into your online application or submit it to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
Step 3: Complete a Travel Waiver form. Upload the form into your online application, or submit it to the Center for International Education.
Step 4: Submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University.
Step 5: If your application is approved, follow the next steps for accepted students.

Payment deadlines and instructions

  • September 15, 2015: $500 deposit due
    Turn in your deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). 
    Deposit checks should be made payable to St. Ambrose University. 
  • October 15, 2015: $2,000 commitment fee due
    Turn in your second payment to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). 
    Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University. 
  • November 30, 2015: remaining balance due
    Turn in your final payment to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
    Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University.

Payment details

  • The $500 deposit is refundable ONLY if you are not accepted or if the program is canceled.
  • If you are accepted, all payments are non-refundable after each payment deadline.
  • The cost for this program will be added to your Fall semester bill.
  • All payments are deducted from the total program cost.
  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.
  • Credit card users will incur additional service fees.
  • It may be possible to obtain a Grad Plus Loan to help cover study abroad costs. Contact the Financial Aid office for more information.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after November 30.