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Opportunity for One SSW Student to Conduct an Independent Study in Brazil Spring 2018

The University of Maryland School of Social Work (SSW) and the Federal University of Goiás, Brazil (UFG) have agreed to initiate an independent study program. One SSW student will visit UFG for approximately three weeks in 2018.

Time Frame • The Brazil residency will be June 4-29, 2018. Course Details • This 3-credit elective independent study and is part of the spring semester, 2018. Faculty • The UFG lead host is Professor Dr. Vicente Ferreira, assisted by Dr. David Crumpton, SSW. Costs: • The selected student will be responsible for the usual UMB tuition for the course. • The student will be responsible for payment of r/t airfare to Goiânia, Brazil, estimated at $800 (IAD) or $1,800 (BWI). • UFG will be provide housing (a hotel room), meals, local transportation, and UFG costs. Expectation of the Student Prior to UFG Residency • The student will complete assigned readings and a preparatory project comparing US and Brazilian social problems and social policy. During UFG Residency the Student Will: • Attend weekly sessions of 2 graduate level courses with relevance to Brazilian social policy. • Make field visits to social service agencies and social policy ministries • Collaborate with UFG faculty and students in collecting, analyzing, and reporting data on social service provision. • Make a presentation to UFG students regarding US social problems and policy and social work and social work education. Expectation of the Student after the UFG Residency • The student will write a report reflecting his/her experience. • The student make a video presentation at a UFG conference. • The student will make a presentation at UMB. Prerequisites: • Completion of SOWK 600 with a minimum grade of “B” prior to the application deadline (see the date below). • Demonstration through the application and interview process that he/she has an interest in comparative social problems and social policy. • While Portuguese competency is not required and English competency is common among faculty and students at UFG, the student will learn rudimentary Portuguese regarding daily activities (greetings, etc.). Selection: • Applications must submitted by December 15, 2017 to Dr. Caroline Long Burry; application forms will be available online and announced through the SSW Bulletin no later than November 15, 2017. • Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. • Between 12-15-17 and 2-15-18, finalists will be notified and interviewed by the selection committee. • The successful applicant will be notified no later than 2-28-18. For further information, email Dr. Burry at or Dr. Crumpton at

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