Global Engagement

  • MSW student Raekwon Burton

    Student Life

    MSW Student Reflects on Transformative Experience in India

    Prior to enrolling in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), Raekwon Burton, MSW ‘20, began planning his journey as an aspiring social work professional through... Read More

  • Faculty & Research

    International Experts Assemble to Examine, Investigate Public Health and Epidemics

    On May 13 and 14, Jennifer Prah Ruger, PhD, and other international scholars and public health experts will assemble in Philadelphia for a special three-part series focused on policy, justice, and public health. According to Prah... Read More

  • Students from the MSSP 797 course in Havana, with instructor Azahara Palomeque

    Student Life

    Social Issues Through a Global Lens: SP2 Students Reflect on Their Immersion Experience in Cuba

    For students in the Master of Science in Social Policy (MSSP) program at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), having both a national and a global perspective is paramount to understanding how social policies are shaped and... Read More

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.”

– Dr. John L. Jackson, Jr.

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.

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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SP2 News

Raekwon Burton

Student Life, Global Engagement

MSW Student Reflects on Transformative Experience in India

Prior to enrolling in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2),...

Faculty & Research, Global Engagement

International Experts Assemble to Examine, Investigate Public Health and Epidemics

On May 13 and 14, Jennifer Prah Ruger, PhD, and other international scholars and public health experts will assemble in...

Students from the MSSP 797 course in Havana, with instructor Azahara Palomeque

Student Life, Global Engagement

Social Issues Through a Global Lens: SP2 Students Reflect on Their Immersion Experience in Cuba

For students in the Master of Science in Social Policy (MSSP) program at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), having both a...

Femida Handy and Allison Russell

Student Life, Global Engagement

The Economic Impact of India’s Self-help Group Movement

Last January, Allison Russell, a PhD candidate in Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice spent 20 days in southwestern India traveling throughout...

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