Global Engagement

  • Students & faculty in La Habana during the MSSP 797 course

    Student Life

    Home in Havana: Two Weeks Teaching Social Policy to Penn Students

    The following chronicle was written by Azahara Palomeque, a poet, writer, and Associate Director of the Master of Science in Social Policy Program at Penn's School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2). Palomeque is also a...

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  • Joshua Jordan in front of the School of Social Policy & Practice

    Global Engagement

    Policy Lab Research Assistant to Teach in India via Fulbright Program

    Joshua Jordan, a recent Penn grad, was awarded a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant to teach English at the Vivekananda School Dehradun, a bi-lingual experimental school in northern India that provides an integrative education...

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  • Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Jerri Bourjolly along with students who traveled to Finland

    Student Life

    Social Work from a Global Perspective

    “When you work internationally, social work has different meanings and relevance,” said Stanley Witkin, President of the Global Partnership for Transformative Social Work and Emeritus Professor of Social Work at the University of Vermont. It’s for...

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Through global inquiry, academic partnerships, collaborative research endeavors and international immersion opportunities for students, SP2 is addressing complex social problems around the world.

“No matter where any of us works or conducts research, we are all global citizens insofar as international forces (some easy to identify, others more opaque and obscure) influence the tiniest crevices of our personal lives. Whether we want to end homelessness in Philadelphia or Detroit, challenge biases in our nation’s criminal justice system, or start a nonprofit to address poverty in urban Mexico, as professionals, we need a comprehensive understanding of how global processes impact the issues we care most about.”

-Dean John L. Jackson, Jr.

Partners Abroad

Partners Abroad

Partners Abroad

SP2 faculty work with a number of institutions and organizations in China, India, and Korea.

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Global Opportunities at SP2

Global Opportunities at SP2

Global Opportunities at SP2

Students gain a global perspective through international curricular content, learning from international faculty, interacting with peers, and global immersions.

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International Students

International Students

International Students

In addition to American students pursing research and educational opportunities outside the United States, SP2 also welcomes nationals of other countries into its degree programs.

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Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars

Since its founding in 1908, SP2 has served as a temporary home for hundreds of Visiting Scholars from throughout the world.

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Addressing Global Social Problems

Addressing Global Social Problems

Addressing Global Social Problems

SP2 faculty conduct research on social problems in a variety of countries.

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Student & Alumni Highlights

Student & Alumni Highlights

Student & Alumni Highlights

Students engage with global problems through a multicultural lens. SP2 is committed to preparing students to be leaders of social change across the globe.

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Global Engagement FAQs

Global Engagement FAQs

Global Engagement FAQs

View frequently asked questions about SP2's global engagement programs.

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Contact Information

Contact Information

Contact Information

View contact information for SP2's global engagement programs.

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Global Opportunities for SP2 Students

Students at SP2 gain a global perspective through learning from international faculty, interacting with peers from across the globe, international curricular content, engaging in study abroad programs and global immersion experiences.

Addressing Global Social Problems

Students at SP2 are encouraged to examine complex social problems through a global lens. An interdisciplinary perspective allows them to learn the importance of considering and respecting cultural norms, political structures, and local and foreign policies.

Student and Alumni Highlights

Through hands on experiences, students have the opportunity to engage with global problems through a multicultural lens. The School is committed to preparing students to be leaders of social change across the globe.

SP2 News

NPL student Shadrack Frimpong

Student Life, Global Engagement

Social Entrepreneur, SP2 Student Facilitating Healthcare & Education in Ghana

Shadrack Frimpong was born and raised in Tarkwa Breman, a remote village in Ghana where he grew up without running...

DSW cohort walking in Greece.

Student Life, Global Engagement

Social Work Students Help Refugees in Europe

After an intense, trauma-focused semester of classroom learning, doctoral students from the University of Pennsylvania traveled to Greece as part of...

Dr. Allison Werner-Lin teaches a class

Faculty & Research, Global Engagement

Werner-Lin to Discuss Genetic Testing, Lead Oncology Social Work Program

This year, Allison Werner-Lin, PhD, AM, EdM, LCSW, assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy &...

An image of SP2 students and instructors during a course entitled, "Whose Colony?" in May 2018.

Student Life, Global Engagement

Home in Havana: Two Weeks Teaching Social Policy to Penn Students

The following chronicle was written by Azahara Palomeque, a poet, writer, and Associate Director of the Master of Science in Social...

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