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* Social Work in India
Ahmednagar, India; Mumbai, India; Pune, India (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Coordinator:
Emily Garner
Program Type: CSU Short Term Program
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Health and Human Sciences
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Social Work in India


Check back for updates about Summer 2019!

Program At-a-Glance

WHEN:  Summer 2019 TBD

CREDITS: All committed undergraduate students will be registered for SOWK 482B: Social Work in India (3 credits) through CSU's Division of Continuing Education. All tuition and program charges will be billed at the start of the summer term. Graduate students should speak with the program leader about course and/or research options. 

COST:  Please see the detailed budget sheets above. The program fee includes tuition and fees for 3 credits, group airfare, accommodations, meals, excursions, cultural activities, orientation, faculty support, international medical and evacuation insurance and Education Abroad administration. The above cost does not include passport and visa fees, immunizations, books and supplies, and personal spending money. 

SCHOLARSHIPS: Applicants for this program are eligible for scholarships through the Office of International Programs.

PROGRAM LEADERS: Dr. Shannon Hughes, Instructor, in the School of Social Work at Colorado State University .

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum 2.5 GPA. Instructor Approval. Good disciplinary standing. Open to undergraduate students. Preference to students in helping professions such as social work, human development and family studies, psychology, sociology, or related.  

Academic Overview

This summer faculty-led program is sponsored by the School of Social Work at Colorado State University.  This unique introductory course takes you on an adventure of a lifetime through central India in the state of Maharashtra to explore human diversity, issues of oppression and discrimination, and our own values and attitudes from a place of privilege. Colorado State students will engage in hands-on learning about sustainable rural community development from the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP) in Jamkhed that spearheaded the model used around the world today. Students will spend time in rural villages learning about the role of village health workers, women’s income generation, adolescent boys’ and girls’ groups, and low-cost secondary healthcare.  Then, students will travel to a larger nearby town, Ahmednagar, to interact with graduate Social Work students at the Center for Studies in Rural Development. Colorado State students will learn about what social work looks like in Indian communities, with the opportunity to explore a range of challenging social issues impacting India today, such as gender and caste inequality and discrimination, mental health and urbanization, poverty, and education and illiteracy. 

After a weekend of shopping and sight-seeing in the city of Pune, students will have the opportunity to contrast rural village life with urban slum living. Students will visit slums in Pune and Mumbai to learn about the many challenges faced everyday in the slum as well as the resiliency and strength of slum communities. Special emphasis will be placed on psychosocial models of community mental health in rapidly urbanizing environments. 

Along the way, we will make many new friends and you will be welcomed into the lives of local families to experience their food, traditions, and way of life. We are looking for Colorado State students who are flexible, open-minded, curious about other ways of life, and ready for an adventure to come on this journey with us!

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Examine social work practice in India through cultural immersion
  • Compare and contrast social welfare problems and policies in the U.S. and India
  • Articulate social work values in the cultural contexts of U.S. and Indian societies
  • Identify international social work paradigms to use in social work practice with diverse populations domestically


India is the seventh largest country by area and the second most populous country in the world.  Located in South Asia, India is surrounded by the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, and Bay of Bengal.  The program will take place in the state of Maharashtra.  The group will visit the cities of Jamkhed, Ahmednagar, Pune, and Mumbai.

Housing and Meals 

Students will be staying in shared hotel rooms.  All meals will be provided.