We’re dedicated to improving society. We provide students with education, skills, and real-world experiences.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is an ideal place for social welfare students and faculty to study, research, and work. Our school is located on the campus of a major research university, itself nestled in a charming neighborhood in the state’s largest city.
Since our humble beginning in 1965 to today, the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare has educated and prepared students for entry-level and advanced careers in human service professions. We’ve continually advanced knowledge regarding social welfare issues and provided quality services to people in need. Our alumni work to make a difference in the lives of people who are often times dispirited and in 2despair. As a group, our graduates help to improve policies, solve the vital social issues of our time and are a strong voice for thoughtful, social change in our society. – Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
Why HBSSW students should study abroad:
Research & Networking Opportunities – Studying abroad is a fun and exciting experience, especially when you are able to study and research an important endemic that is integral to the host country. In addition to research, creating relationships with your professors abroad can give way to future career opportunities in the field or help pave the way to graduate school.
Resume Booster – The social welfare and criminal justice job markets are no doubt competitive; students need something that helps them stand out in the crowd. Having international academics and international work experience will give students that extra edge to stand out among the crowd. Also, studying abroad shows that the student has experience in functioning and working with diverse cultures and peoples.
Cultural Development – Studying abroad gives students the opportunity to work with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures. Studying abroad presents the perfect chance to appreciate diversity first hand, helps students recognize and dismiss stereotypes they may unintentionally have and it gives students the opportunity to understand their own culture while appreciating other cultures.
Foreign Language Skills – Maintaining a proficient level of vocabulary and conversational skills in a foreign language requires one to be constantly exposed to it. If knowing a foreign language is an important part of a student’s major, or if there is just a desire to learn a foreign language, studying abroad is a great way to learn, practice and expand on your skills.
Personal Development – Being able to determine your strengths and weaknesses are important from a career standpoint, but also from a personal development standpoint. Studying abroad can bring out the independent side of a student to help them function and live in a different country. Studying abroad can help students develop critical thinking skills and become adaptable. Being abroad can present new and various situations that students have never encountered before, and force them to step out of their comfort zone.
New Skills & Better Adaptability – Students who study abroad learn new skills and are able to adapt easier to changes in and outside of the workplace. In addition to being able to adapt, students also have the chance to work, study, live and respond to people of diverse backgrounds which increases better workplace performance.
Scholarships – Scholarships are available to help finance your study abroad experience. Doing extra research can wield financial benefits and unique scholarship opportunities.
New Perspectives/Broadening Views of the World – Cultural diversity is nothing new to UWM students; studying abroad will give students first-hand experience. By going to their country of choice, students have the chance to interact with natives and learn about their way of life, broadening their view on the world.
Considerations While Abroad
If you choose a non-UWM program, you will receive transfer credit, and you are responsible for making sure your official transcript is sent to CIE.
Electives can be easily completed while abroad. Another option for students is to have some of the courses taken abroad be counted as degree or certificate requirements or upper level electives. Check out the Course Equivalency page.
There are some courses within each major that need to be completed on the UWM campus. It is recommended to meet with an academic advisor to determine the courses that need to be completed on campus before deciding to study abroad.
Asking the right questions is very important when deciding what program works best for your major, minor and/or certificate. The Study Abroad team recommends talking to your Academic Advisor, your Study Abroad Coordinator and a Financial Aid Specialist.