International Independent Studies

In limited cases, SP2 is able to assist students in setting up independent studies in other countries. In these situations, students must take the initiative with both SP2 and the proposed host institution in conceptualizing and planning the details of an individualized research program. Students will receive substantial assistance in this effort through their SP2 sponsoring faculty member.

Examples of recent international independent research projects successfully completed by students include:

  • Arequipa, Peru: Adoption and Foster Care Systems Among Differing Cultures
  • Refugee Civil Documentation Issues in Jordan
  • Nutrition and Educational Outcomes of Migrant Children in China
  • Adolescent Girls in Rural India: Issues and Paths for Change
  • Social Program Evaluation in Latin America
  • Connecting Global to Local: Race, Gender, Nationality & Immigrant Communities
  • Intimate partner violence among Korean and Korea-American women
    • Conducted in Korea by an MSW student in cooperation with a PhD alum
  • Policy implications of the status differential between men and women in Macedonia
    • Conducted in Macedonia by an MSSP student as part of her internship in Macedonia
  • Comparative perspectives on K-12 education in Greenland and Hawaii
    • Conducted in Greenland by an MSW student
  • ‘Resiliency’ among Burmese refugee women in Thailand
    • Conducted in Thailand by an MSW student in cooperation with a local NGO in Thailand and a Penn PhD alum

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