International Social Work in Ireland


Program Description

The purpose of this course is to enhance students’ knowledge about international social work in Ireland, tracing the emergence and history of social services in the region analyzing the influence of existing challenges in current delivery of social services in Ireland.  Students will visit important sites that impact social services including, but not limited to shelters, faith based organizations, and local social services agencies. This will be a unique opportunity to study the roots of current social services by exploring the past and present delivery of social services in Ireland and by critically examining how these practices have evolved and how they could influence the current delivery of social services in the United States.       

Program Dates and Deadlines:
Term Year Application Deadline
(or as space permits)
Start Date/Check-in End Date/Check-out
Summer 2024 February 4, 2024 June 16, 2024 June 23, 2024

Program fee payment deadline:
See details below in program cost section. Program fees cannot be deferred. Plan accordingly. 

Information Sheet

Open to Open to all students
Language of Instruction English
Level of Study Undergraduate/Graduate
Credit Offered FAU credits
Program Primary Subject Social Work
Sponsoring College College of Social Work
Education Abroad Contact Alex Baker


Program Course Offerings:

  • SOW 4957: International Social Work in Ireland (3 credits of undergraduate work)
  • SOW 6930: International Social Work in Ireland (3 credits of graduate work)

Course Eligibility & Requirements:

Students participating on the program must enroll in one of the 3 credit program course offerings to participate.

Note your course of interest on your study abroad application in the course section.

SWQA Session


Program Eligibility & Requirement

  • Must have a 2.5 overall GPA at the time of application for undergraduate students and a 3.0 overall for graduate students
  • Must be in good academic standing at the time of application
  • Must be eligible to take FAU courses during the study abroad program term
  • See Policies & Procedures page for more information

In-country Program Faculty Leaders: Dr. Patricia Temes and Dr. Joy McClellan

Education Abroad Contact: Alex Baker 

College of Social Work Coordinator

Dr. Temes Email: ptemes@fau.edu

Phone number: 561-297-1039

Dr. McClellan Email: jmcclel2@fau.edu

Email: bakera@fau.edu


Travel Documentation

*Important notice* Passport processing times have changed. Review up-to-date details HERE.

Routine processing times can take 10-13 weeks, and expedited applications in 7-9 weeks. Processing times begin when your application is received by a passport agency or center, and do not include mailing times. It may take up to 2 weeks for your application to be received by passport agency, and up to 2 weeks for you to receive your completed passport after agency mails it to you. Therefore, you should add an additional 4 weeks to you passport application processing time. 

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you are traveling anywhere abroad, you need a passport to board an international flight and to enter the country. Passport cards will not be accepted as form of I.D. You may be denied boarding if you travel with a passport that appears damaged or altered.

Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met. Check the Country Information to learn about entry and exit requirements for the country or countries in which you are traveling.  

If you are applying for a passport for the first time, you need to renew your passport, or you have any other passport questions, you can find information on the Travel.State.Gov website. In addition, several U.S. Embassies and Consulates provide information to assist applicants in collecting the documentation needed. For a list of Embassies, please visit U.S. Embassy.gov.


Dublin is the capital and largest city in the Republic of Ireland. Dublin is situated on Ireland's east coast where it houses some historic buildings such as Dublin Castle and St. Patrick's Cathedral.


Participants will be housed in university apartments on the campus of University College Dublin. Students will have a single ensuite (own bathroom) with shared kitchen and living space during the program dates. Bed linens will be provided.  


Program Cost and Funding

Financial Aid and Scholarship Information 

  • Students participating on FAU Faculty-led Programs may use eligible financial aid
  • Program participants may be eligible to apply for the FAU Education Abroad Scholarship
  • See additional scholarship and funding information here.


Program Cost

$1,846 program fee + tuition for the required program summer course(s). FAU in-state or out-of-state rates apply. 

Program fee payment deadlines: 
1ST PAYMENT:      $950.00 Due on Thursday, February 15th
2ND PAYMENT:     $896.00 Due on Thursday, February 29th

Accepted participants will receive detailed payment instructions from the Education Abroad team via email. 

Program Fee Includes:

  • Accommodations at UCD campus from check-in through check-out date
  • International medical insurance
  • Welcome and farewell group meal
  • Site visits to various organizations of interest to social work
  • Visits to Dublin Castle, EPIC museum, and Kilmainham Gaol 
  • Guest speakers
  • Local transportation pass

Activities and excursions are subject to change by faculty leader or program provider/vendor if needed. Replacement activity or excursion would be provided.

Program Fee Does Not Include :

  • $200 administrative fee paid at time of application submission
  • International flight
  • Tuition for courses/credits taken on program (FAU in-state and out-of-state rates apply)
  • Personal spending money

Health, Safety and Travel Documentation

International health and travel insurance

All FAU students participating on an FAU Faculty-led Program will be registered in international health and travel insurance coverage through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). This mandatory insurance ensures that students have access to medical and emergency support services while abroad. This is included in the program cost.


  1. Reduced risk of denied entry if a country requires vaccination for entry
  2. Reduced risk of having to get vaccinated abroad if it becomes mandatory in the country of study
  3. Reduced risk of denied acceptance to one of our foreign universities
  4. Reduced risk of denied acceptance into campus housing or host accommodations abroad
  5. Reduced risk of spreading COVID-19 and its variants to other parts of the world, including the communities where we have programs
  6. Reduced risk of contracting COVID-19 while abroad, which could lead to missed classes and excursions, mandatory quarantine or isolation, and other disruptions to the program
  7. Increases student access to local events, services, and travel while abroad
  8. Provides more flexibility in planning study abroad extracurricular activities, including excursions
  9. The WHO and U.S. CDC agree that the vaccine helps reduce the risk of serious illness and helps prevent the spread of COVID-19
  10. Alongside our other prevention measures, the vaccine significantly increases protection for FAU faculty, staff, students, and international partners

Regarding increased access because of being vaccinated, please be aware that businesses and services may legally restrict access to exclude unvaccinated individuals. Local ordinances may allow the same. In such cases, FAU won’t be able to intervene or advocate on your behalf.