Travel Study to Germany

In 2013, the UConn School of Social Work partnered with a university in Germany to provide a 10-day travel study program for our Master of Social Work students. Our Travel Study to Germany program uses historical events like the Holocaust and the U.S. struggle with racism to help social work students grapple with complex moral issues, including structural oppression, discrimination, and human rights.

This academic exchange travel study program allows students to explore the Holocaust and its ongoing effects in Germany. It also brings together U.S. and German graduate students to examine white supremacy, racism, anti-Semitism, and anti-immigrant sentiment within the present and historical context of both countries. The engagement with German students, faculty, and practitioners has helped social work students to better understand human behavior as it pertains to unthinkable violence and bigotry. It also increases students’ ability to recognize the misuse of power and the ability that individuals and communities have to resist.

While in Germany, students will:

  • Visit important Holocaust memorials and museums
  • Interact with German social work practitioners and gain their perspective on oppression, genocide, and human rights
  • Engage in discussions with social work students and faculty from Hochschule Duesseldorf, our host university
  • Attend faculty research presentations
  • Establish meaningful and cross-cultural connections with diverse communities and cities

Spring 2024 Program

Dates: March 8 to 17, 2024

Requirements: The HBEL 5386: Germany Travel Study: Implications of the Holocaust for Social Work Practitioners course includes two pre-trip and one post-trip class.

Information Sessions

Join one of the upcoming information sessions to learn more about the class, trip, and financial options. Interested students must attend one of the sessions.

In-Person, Room SSW 229

Wed., Sept. 13, 12:00 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 28, 3:00 p.m.

Virtual Sessions

Mon., Sept. 18, 12:00 p.m. - Webex link

Fri., Oct. 6, 12:00 p.m.  - Webex link

Tues., Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m. - Webex link