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

SP2 News

Christina Bach on Penn's campus

Faculty & Research, Alumni Stories

Oncology Social Workers: Navigating Health Care and Supporting Families

When Christina Bach tells people what she does for a living, they usually respond with, “Oh, I could never do...

Imrul Mazid

Student Life

Connecting Communities: NPL Student & AMCLI Fellow Reflects on Muslim American Nonprofit Leadership

For Imrul Mazid, a student in the Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership (NPL) program at Penn’s School of Social...

Catherine Wilsnack and Allison Werner-Lin

Faculty & Research, Alumni Stories

SP2 Alumna Earns National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Research Training Award Fellowship

For the last decade, Allison Werner-Lin, PhD, LCSW, associate professor at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), has...

SP2 Task Force-selected books for "One Book, One SP2": Unapologetic and White Fragility

Faculty & Research, Student Life

One Book, One SP2: Students, Faculty, and Staff to Engage in Readings, Dialogue Around Race, Intersectionality, and Social Justice

This summer, the entire School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) community has been invited to engage in a collective...

Discover More