This program focuses on child protection and children's mental health in Australia. One of the unique elements of the program is the integration of information on Australia's Aboriginal/First Nation people. Students will learn about their history and experiences with colonization, the Stolen Generation and their current interactions with social service systems and government. The program is experiential in nature, as it is delivered through visits to different types of organizations that focus on: healthcare, supporting immigrant families, foster care services within child protection, trauma-informed homeless youth services and therapeutic models of helping.
The group will also visit two other unique organizations that focus on using technology to support adolescents who are going through a tough time and/or have a mental health concern. It is important to note that this program requires a large amount of walking.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Students will stay in shared, hotel style accommodation.
Dr. Theresa Early
Education Abroad Coordinator
Courses and Credit
Admitted participants are required to register for three hours of Social Work 5798.03 for summer term 2018.
Participation in this program will (1) expose students to the social welfare systems in regards to child welfare and children's mental heath practices in Australia, (2) give students an understanding of the professional role of social welfare in Australia and how social workers engage with communities, groups, families and individuals, and (3) help students gain an understanding of how immigration patters influenced social welfare policies and practices in Australia.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have completed three years of undergraduate education prior to travel or be of graduate student status. Undergraduate students must have a GPA of 2.7 and graduate students must have a GPA of 3.0.
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.
Students within the College of Social Work and students from other "helping" professions are encouraged to apply. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Students must also meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participations. An academic recommendation is required.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $2,658 program fee. The program fee includes accommodation, in country instruction, program related field trips, field trips, and two group meals. The fee does not include your airfare (est. $1,700), most of your food while in country, your visa (est. $20), personal expenses or tuition.
Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.
Scholarships are also available through the College of Social Work.
If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed. After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
Australia Study Abroad 2016: u.osu.edu/australia2016 (student blog)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.