International Program Associates
NCSSS International Program Associates serves as an educational and professional opportunity for NCSSS students to engage and partner with international social service agencies, as well as learn about various social issues facing countries and citizens around the globe. The program aims to respond to the increasing need for international social work and provides a setting for continued learning and practice for social work students.
NCSSS IPA students in Da Nang, Vietnam will work with a local NGO that offers family strengthening programs to members of the surrounding communities, which aims to identify struggling families and provide all the support they need so that their children will be safe and healthy and can attend school.
Da Nang is located on the south-central coast of Vietnam and is the largest city in region. The town has grown rapidly and is home to over one million people. This urbanization is mainly due to immigration, as thousands come to the city each month in search of work. Da Nang is an important industrial and commercial center, and is also home to one of the country’s most important seaports.
The NCSSS IPA program is open to all Master’s Social Work students having completed an NCSSS field placement as an MSW foundation year student or previously as a BSW student, if entering the MSW Advanced Standing program.
Academics & Curriculum
Students in this program will have the opportunity to gain 10 weeks of professional international social work experience. This program does not award academic credit, however, does provide students the opportunity for continued experiential learning in the areas of direct social work practice, grant writing, program assessment and evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity-building projects.
The program provides the opportunity for students to become immersed in a different culture, while utilizing and practicing skills and knowledge gained during the foundation year course work and field placement. The program also provides the unique opportunity to work with international agencies, communities, and people to address the social issues facing our world today.
Accommodations & Meals
Housing accommodations are arranged by the student with housing providers recommended by local Vietnamese partners. Meals, transportation, and living expenses are the responsibility of each student.
Costs will vary by individual, but students should budget approximately $4,000 for this program. Click here for a detailed breakdown of expenses
. Students applying to multiple programs within the same term only pay 1 application fee. Contact our office to have your fee applied to your back-up application!