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Social Work degrees abroad

Social work is an academic discipline that is committed to human rights and social justice by helping those in need. You will learn how to work with vulnerable people across different ages and cultures, and how to build respectful and trusting relationships.

While studying a social work program you’ll cover a range of subjects including sociology, psychology, and law amongst others. Working in social work is a demanding and rewarding profession, that plays a crucial role in communities all over the world. If you have the drive and commitment to improve the lives of others, then social work could be the ideal program for you.

Social work is a popular program that is offered at universities all over the world, including the UK, US, South Africa, Canada and many others. By studying abroad, you’ll get to develop important skills like interacting with people from different backgrounds and cultures.

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Social Work program structure

There are a variety of degree qualifications you can study for in social work at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. At bachelor’s level you can study for a BA, BSc or a BSW (Bachelor of Social Work) over three or four years, depending on where you study.

If you study at bachelor’s level in the US, you can choose to study social work as a major or minor subject. To graduate, you’ll need to earn a certain amount of credits in social work modules.

Most postgraduate social work degree programs are offered as an MA or MSc over two years, but you can also study for a PhD over four years. In the US and some other countries you can study an MSW (Master of Social Work), and some universities also offer PgDip (Postgraduate Diploma) programs.

Social work programs are usually taught through student-led seminars, group workshops and lectures. You will also spend time on placement where you’ll be able to shadow professional social workers and interact with the local community. The program content will be unique to each program, but some of the main areas of study include:

  • Introduction to social work
  • Equality and diversity
  • Law and social policy
  • Introduction to psychology
  • Professional practice
  • Social work with children
  • Social work skills

Types of social work degrees

Social Work study abroad programs

Social work undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in social work

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    History/Social Work - BA University of the South Pacific, Fiji

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,952 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 FJD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Social Work - BA (Hons) Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,274 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,595 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Social work - BSW University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,548 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,718 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Bachelor of Social Work - BScW Vancouver Island University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,814 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,145 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Social Work - BSW Campbellsville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,600 USD

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Bachelor of Social Work

Associate in social work

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    Social Welfare (Transfer) - AAS-T Big Bend Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,789 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,789 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Applied Psychology: Community Social Services - AASc College of Southern Nevada, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,048 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,048 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January
    Show program overview about Applied Psychology: Community Social Services
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    Community Social Services - AA/Cert Merritt College, USA

    Program type
    Associate/Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,740 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,740 USD

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Community Social Services
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    Human Services - AASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,743 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,743 USD

    Start date
    September, January
    Show program overview about Human Services
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    Social Work - AA Cuesta College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,288 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,288 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Diploma in social work

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    Community Social Work - Dip Portage College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,763 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,943 CAD

    Start date
    August
    Show program overview about Community Social Work
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    Social Service Worker: Immigrants and Refugees (Accelerated) - OCDip Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,105 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,407 CAD

    Start date
    May
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    Social Service Worker - Dip Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,359 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,107 CAD

    Start date
    May, September, January
    Show program overview about Social Service Worker
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    Social Service Worker - OCDip Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,379 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,778 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Social Service Worker
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    Social Service Worker - OCDip George Brown College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,773 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,313 CAD

    Start date
    May
    Show program overview about Social Service Worker (Accelerated) (C135)

Certificate in social work

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    Community Social Services - AA/Cert Merritt College, USA

    Program type
    Associate/Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,740 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,740 USD

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Community Social Services
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    Human Services - Cert Trinity Western University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,822 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,800 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
    Show program overview about Human Services
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    Social Service Worker - Cert Coast Mountain College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,773 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,312 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Social Work and Human Services Paraprofessional - Cert Berkeley City College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,740 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,740 USD

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Social Work and Human Services Paraprofessional

Pathway in social work

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    Health and Social Care - FdA Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,989 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 GBP

    Start date
    September, February
    Show program overview about FDA Health and Social Care

Social work graduate programs

Master's in social work

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    Applied Social Work - MASW Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,943 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,010 NZD

    Start date
    July, November, February
    Show program overview about Applied Social Work
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    Social Work - MSW University of Windsor, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,326 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,418 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
    Show program overview about Social Work (MSW)
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    Social Work - MA Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,306 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about MA Social Work
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    Social Science: Social Work - MSocSc Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,152 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Social Work - MSW RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,743 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,480 AUD

    Start date
    February
    Show program overview about Master of Social Work

Doctorate in social work

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    Social Work - PhD University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    4,336 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,099 NZD

    Start date
    May, June, July, August, September, October, November, January, February, March, April
    Show program overview about Social Work
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    Social Work - PhD University of Manitoba, Canada

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,536 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,859 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Social Work (PhD)

Diploma in social work

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    Social Work (Greenwich Campus) - Dual MA/PGDip University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Master's/Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,317 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,150 GBP

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Social Work, PGDip/MA

Future social work careers

Social work is a vocational degree, and most graduates go on to become practicing social workers in their local community. However, there are several different roles you could pursue, including:

  • Social worker
  • Care manager
  • Persistent offender coordinator
  • Family support worker
  • Housing adviser
  • Support worker

The skills you’ll acquire on a social work degree program like compassion, communication and teamwork are also easily transferable to other areas of work.

If you’re not quite sure what role you want to pursue after you’ve graduated, make use of your university’s career services, who can help you work out which path is right for you.