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Social work students in India

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

This program is currently accepting applications for Winter 2013-14. 

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 28, 2013 - January 19, 2014
Primary Location:  Kollam, India
Price: $4,288

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

Complete the online application and submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove) by September 16.

  • Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University.
  • The application deposit is deducted from the total program cost.
  • If you are not accepted into the program, or if it is cancelled, the application deposit is refundable.
  • If you are accepted, the application deposit is non-refundable after September 16.

Payment deadlines

  • October 16, 2013:  $1,400 commitment fee due
  • November 20, 2013:  remaining balance due

Payment details

  • Submit $1,400 commitment fee to the Center for International Education.
  • Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University.
  • The commitment fee is deducted from the total program cost.
  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.
  • The commitment fee is non-refundable after October 16.
  • Please submit your final payment to Student Account Services by November 20.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after November 20.