February 22, 2017

Study-abroad trip planned to Munich, Germany

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s School of Social Work is offering a study-abroad trip to Munich, Germany, this summer that will give participants a unique opportunity to study human rights and social work.

The course has been offered each summer for more than 20 years, with participants coming from all over the United States for this learning opportunity. This year’s trip is from May 26 to June 4 and the program fee has recently been reduced. The cost is $1,350 (including a non-refundable $50 application fee) which covers all accommodations, some meals and travel expenses within Germany. It covers entrance fees, health insurance, and a trip to Salzburg as well. Airfare or alternate transportation to Munich and back home will be the responsibility of those attending.

Elisabeth Reichert, social work professor and author of several books and articles focusing on human rights, will lead the course. Participants will visit a former concentration camp, a vivid illustration of why human rights are essential in the world today, she said. Additional field visits will focus on HIV/AIDS, homelessness, community mental health, refugees and elder care. Those attending will explore human rights concepts in the context of historical events and their own experiences.

“The location in Munich and the surrounding area adds context to the study of human rights, as we know that tragic events in this part of the world have brought to light how essential human rights are,” she said.

Undergraduate and graduate students from any university are welcome to participate, as are professionals and community members. Students need not be social work majors to take the course.

SIU offers three hours of course credit for the course, transferrable to those attending school elsewhere, and in-state tuition costs are applicable for everyone. The tuition is in addition to the program fee. A limited number of scholarships are available for SIU students and financial aid may be available for participants. Students from other universities should consult their schools regarding scholarship or financial aid availability.

For more information, contact Reichert at reichert@siu.edu or visit http://ehs.siu.edu/socialwork/study-abroad/germany/index.php. The deadline to register is March 1.