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243 Social Work Colleges in 6 Countries Offering 555 Courses

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auckland, New Zealand
Rank : #1
Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
28890
IELTS -  
Band 7
Intake -  
Mar
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
32392
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
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Mar, Jul
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
32392
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Mar, Jul
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
32392
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Mar
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parkville, Australia
Rank : #1
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2 years
1 year Fee -  
32384
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
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Feb, Jul
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dublin, Ireland
Rank : #1
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
18300
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
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Sep, Jul, Nov

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singapore, Singapore
Rank : #1
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
16700
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
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Jul
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
17100
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Mar
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auckland, New Zealand
Rank : #2
Duration -  
4 years
1 year Fee -  
24290
IELTS -  
Band 5.5
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Feb, Jul
Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
25760
IELTS -  
Band 6
Intake -  
Feb, Jul
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
29230
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Feb
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brisbane-cbd, Australia
Rank : #2
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
26304
IELTS -  
Band 7
Intake -  
Feb
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quebec, Canada
Rank : #3
Duration -  
4 years
1 year Fee -  
16815
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
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Sep, Oct, Nov
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
19500
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
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Sep, Oct, Nov
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dunedin, New Zealand
Rank : #3
Duration -  
4 years
1 year Fee -  
23900
IELTS -  
Band 6
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Feb, Jul
Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
25109
IELTS -  
Band 6
Intake -  
Feb, Jul
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
25600
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Jul
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
25600
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Feb, Jul
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
26364
IELTS -  
Band 6
Intake -  
Feb, Jul
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
26364
IELTS -  
Band 6
Intake -  
Feb, Jul
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edinburgh, United Kingdom
Rank : #4
Duration -  
4 years
1 year Fee -  
17700
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
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Sep
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
19300
IELTS -  
Band 7
Intake -  
Sep
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christchurch, New Zealand
Rank : #4
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
23000
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Feb
Duration -  
3 years
1 year Fee -  
25500
IELTS -  
Band 6
Intake -  
Feb, Jul
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
46000
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Feb, Jul
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galway, Ireland
Rank : #4
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
16400
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Sep, Jul, Nov
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sydney, Australia
Rank : #4
Duration -  
6 years
1 year Fee -  
44870
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Feb, Jul
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
46180
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Feb, Jul
Duration -  
4 years
1 year Fee -  
73630
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Feb, Jul
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dublin, Ireland
Rank : #5
Duration -  
1 years
1 year Fee -  
13700
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
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Sep, Jul, Nov
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darlington, Australia
Rank : #5
Duration -  
5 years
1 year Fee -  
46500
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Mar, Jul
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camperdown, Australia
Rank : #5
Duration -  
2 years
1 year Fee -  
40000
IELTS -  
Band 7.5
Intake -  
Mar
Duration -  
5 years
1 year Fee -  
42000
IELTS -  
Band 6.5
Intake -  
Mar
Updated on - May 27th 2020 by Rachit Agrawal

Overview

Social Work is an educational discipline and a widely explained profession surrounded by several kinds of professionals who all work for people in need. Social Work is a practical work that serves poor and needy people. The particular work which is done by social workers relies upon their field in social work. The International Federation of Social Workers defines social work as “an interrelated system of values, theory, and practice.” Social workers are very different in the way that they perceive the aspects from many different angles from one person to a group, from the behavioural aspect to the environmental aspect. Some usual ways of helping the clients are by providing them with private and public resources. Social work is concerned with families, individuals, groups, and communities in order to improve their living conditions. Social workers are always interested in enhancing the way people live. They help in improving social functioning. Social workers apply social sciences like psychology, sociology, public health, political science, law, economics, and community development in order to involve themselves in conducting assessments to ensure that social problems are solved timely. The practice of social work is divided into two types: macro-work and micro-work. Macro work involves working with groups and communities to ensure change on a wider scale while micro-work involves working straight with social groups and individuals. Social work was developed in the 1800s, with its basis in grassroots organizing and voluntary philanthropy. Though the response to social needs survived long before the 19th century, social workers came to existence only because of the after-effects of the Great Depression and the Industrial Revolution.

Both the revolutions emphasized social work to be a more discipline academic field of interest.

In all, social work is all about helping groups and individuals in living a better life.

Top Universities for joining social work programmes:

          USA

  • University of Michigan
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • Columbia University
  • University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
  • University of Texas-Austin

              UK

  • Lancaster University
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • University of Portsmouth
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Bath
  • University of Bedfordshire
  • University of East London
  • University of Dundee
  • Queen’s University Belfast

Different kinds of social workers

There are 3 different kinds of social workers. These are:

  • Child, Family and School Social Workers – These kinds of social workers help kids, families and the old aged in resolving their respective issues. They aid in placing children in foster care and help in assisting parents looking for adopting kids. They work with teachers and students to discourage bullying, to address learning disabilities and other issues. As per the Bureau of Labour Statistics, school, child and family, social workers are the most common social workers.
  • Medical and Public Health social workers- These social workers help people who are seriously ill and are diagnosed with chronic diseases in order to find proper care, to help people find access to Medicare and Medicaid, and find services like nursing care and nutritional classes. They often help clients to look for, navigate and coordinate with numerous health care and public service centres that provide are all together. They often counsel clients and their relatives in coping and surviving with the effects of the illness.
  • Mental Health and Substance abuse social workers -They help in assisting people in different kinds of mental health and substance abuse issues. Therapy is one general way for social workers in aiding clients with those issues. Aiding people in looking for financially accessible rehabilitative programs or long-term mental health care programs is another way of treating these problems.

Course details level wise 

The minimum requirement for being a social worker is a bachelor’s degree in social work. Some beginner-level positions might also accept candidates with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, psychology or other degrees.

Undergraduate course 

United States require social workers to hold a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a school approved and accepted by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

    Graduate course

United  States require that social workers must obtain a Masters in Social Worker or a related doctoral degree for advanced social work licensure.

Social Work licensure 

There are different types of social work licensure, for example, licensure for candidates with a bachelor’s degree in social work, licensure for candidates with a masters’ degree in social work and licensure for candidates going to work as clinical social workers.

Social workers can also apply for various other diplomas and certifications through the NASW (National Association of Social Workers).

Initial Licensure 

It is often required by beginners in social work to become a licensed associate level or as a bachelor level social worker. They are often called as Licensed Baccalaureate Social Workers (LBSW). Upon receiving this initial license, social workers will be required to practice under the supervision of an approved LCSW(Licensed Clinical Social Worker).

Masters Licensure 

Social workers who already hold the graduate degree and initial license in social work may get the Masters License in Social work and would be then called as LMSW (Licensed Master Social Workers). This kind of licensure requires both successful completion of a standardized exam and field experience.

Clinical Licensure 

Clinical license helps social workers work professionally. Social workers who hold a current license and a graduate degree in social work may become a clinical level social worker, often known as LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker). This kind of licensure often needs many years of professional experience and also the completion of a standardized test.

License Renewal 

All states need licensed social workers to pay a fee for the renewal of their license.  Some states also require licensed social workers to complete some educational courses for license renewal.

Endorsement 

There is not any rule for transferring a social work license from one state to another. States need that the candidates submit their information and transcripts and directly apply for a new licensure in another state. Test scores are often transferable from one state to another.

 

     Top colleges Level Wise

College Name

Location 

Fees per annum (estimate) 

  • University of Michigan

Michigan, USA

$50,000

  • Washington University in St. Louis

USA

$35,000

  • University of California, Berkeley

California, USA

$45,000

  • University of Chicago

Chicago, USA

$45,000

  • Columbia University

New York, USA

$55,000

  • University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

USA

$35,000

  • University of Texas-Austin

Texas, USA

$38,000

  • Lancaster University

UK

GBP 16,000

  • Glasgow Caledonian University

UK

GBP 11,500

  • University of Portsmouth

UK

GBP 13,000

  • University of Bath

UK

GBP 18,000

  • University of Bedfordshire

UK

GBP 12,500

  • University of East London

UK

GBP 12,000

  • University of Dundee

UK

GBP 16,500

  • Queen’s University Belfast

UK

GBP 16,500

Requirements and Eligibility 

     Social Work Examinations

  • Some states require candidates to take standardized tests administered by ASWB (Association of Social Work Boards). 
  • Though, some states’ requirements are different in place or ASWB or in addition to the ASWB exam.

Supervised experience

  • professional experience under the supervision of LCSW for nearly two years in order to get the masters licensure. 
  • And some states need professional experience for all the licensures.

Admission Procedure 

For admission to most undergraduate/bachelor’s degree in US, different colleges may require different qualifications/documents, but some basic admission requirements are-

Undergraduate: A strong college preparatory high school education is a good start for your social work degree program. Courses in sociology, science, math, child development, political science, social studies, and a foreign language are important for prospective social workers.

  • English proficiency test scores like TOEFL or IELTS
  • Entrance exams like SAT and SAT subjects
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts from high school
  • Financial requirements and evidences 
  • Acceptance from a college/enrolment confirmation from the desired institute.

For Post graduate courses/degree- 

Graduate: A completed, four-year Bachelor of Social Work, or bachelor’s degree in psychology, education or another field will prepare you for graduate school. Any electives you’ve taken in psychology and/or education will be valuable in your graduate work.

GRE: Check with the institution and program you plan to apply to, to find out whether the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission. If it’s not, but you’ve taken the test and have good scores, you may submit them for review with your admission materials.

Part-time or volunteer work at a social services agency can also provide a good foundation for students and prospective graduate students, and anyone interested in social work.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work
  • English Proficiency test (not necessary for master’s)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts 
  • Financial requirements and evidences
  • Work experience if required

Course and syllabus details  

Examples of Core Courses, undergraduate level:

  • Social Service Delivery Systems: Federal, state, not-for-profit and for-profit social service delivery system’s purpose, structure and professional roles. Includes 40 volunteer hours.
  • Foundations of Social Work Practice: Understand the theoretical foundation and skills for effective culturally competent communication and interviewing with individuals, families, small groups and larger systems.
  • Micro Human Behaviour in the Social Environment: Human behaviour in the social environment throughout the life cycle, analysing theories of human development within an integrative multidimensional framework.
  • Social Work Practice: Learn social work methods, with an emphasis on the following skills: relationship development, cross-cultural interviewing, communication patterns, and case-recording.
  • Research Methods in Social Work: Applies scientific principles to field practice, problem formulation, intervention procedures and impact assessment.
  • Statistics for Social Workers: Learn how to use and interpret descriptive and inferential statistics in social work practice.
  • Macro Human Behaviour in the Social Environment: Focuses on groups, organizations and communities and examining theoretical perspectives in a macro context.
  • Diversity and Oppression in a Social Work Context: Students learn the issues of social inequality related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and disability

A master’s social work degree prepares social workers for specialized work in their chosen field of concentration. An MSW is qualified in the following areas:

  • Clinical social work, providing psychotherapy and counselling services in settings such as clinics, private practices and public agencies
  • Employee assistance program social work, helping employees with problems that compromise their job, such as trouble with co-workers, substance abuse or marital problems
  • Psychiatric social work, helping psychiatric patients adjust to daily life and re-enter the community also provides a link between medical professionals and the families of patients
  • School social work, helping students resolve personal problems and those related to school
  • AIDS and HIV services counsellor, guiding patients through the testing process, as well as helping obtain further health care options and community support for patients who are HIV positive

Course Curriculum for Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

English-1

Introduction to Social Work

Social Science Foundation for Social Work: Sociology

Communication in Modern Indian Languages

 

Human Growth and Behaviour

English-2

Work with Individuals and Families

Work with Groups

Social Science Foundation for Social Work: Contemporary Development Studies

Field Work (practical component related to core subjects)

Gender Studies

Community Organisation

Social Policy

Computer Applications

Research Methods

Social Work Administration

Social Work Theories and Practice

Life Skills

Development and Communication

 

Health and Nutrition / Child and Youth Studies (Elective)

Social Exclusion and Inclusion / Global and Indian Social Movements (Elective)

Work with older adults / Social Entrepreneurship (General Elective)

Academic Writing

Human Rights / Education and Development (Elective)

Rural and Urban Studies / Informal Labour and Informal Sector (Elective)

Disability / Basic Counselling Skills (General Elective)

Average/ Approximate Cost of studying at different levels per annum 

Public college or Private college for international students 

Undergraduate Level (bachelor’s, 4 year course)

Post Graduate Level (masters’, 2 year course)

Public institution 

$25000

$20000

Private Institution 

$35000

$30000

Attending an accredited school may allow you to apply for financial aid, whether the school you select is a traditional classroom or an online program.

Career Scope 

Social work jobs: According to BLS, the demand for social workers is expected to increase by 2022.

Careers: Many professionals want to change their careers and social work is a good profession to look on. You may find social work interesting and rewarding.

Social work is a profession that helps the vulnerable. It is found as interesting to those people who want to create a positive change in different families and groups. Many psychologists, sociologists’ counsellors and public health workers take on social work as their profession because of the similarities it holds with their previous profession. Social work is a broad field and professionals with relevant experiences backgrounds will be able to learn that their previous experience helps them a lot in their employment.

Social workers salary is variable and depends upon several factors (like needs, laws, regulations, targeted groups, etc.) in different states.

Social work jobs are expected to be a lot favourable in the next 10 years.

  • Social workers are involved in every aspect of community life, including hospitals, schools, senior centres, mental health clinics, practices, military, prisons, and corporations. Many social workers work on their respective researches and aid clients in assisting them on how to live with a disability or life-threatening disease.
  • Some social workers advocate for better public services. They engage in designing systems and planning or development of policies. Many workers are professionals who work in a specific setting and on a particular population. Their educational chart and professional skills are embedded and moderated to suit their specific work-settings and aimed population.
  • Management and Administration- Social workers act as leaders in private and public agencies that provide services to their clients. Many social workers practice as administers in different organizations. Management and administration in social work also require knowledge about social policies.
  • Social workers also function for international development. They provide services in refugee camps, communities, orphanages, schools, and hospitals as well as help in supporting the efforts put in by national governments and intergovernmental organizations and non-government organizations to enhance lives of the vulnerable and needy.
  • Those who work in corrections and justice can be found in police departments and correctional facilities. Since the late 1900s, professional social workers have helped the needy with personal and social factors that affect their wellness and health.
  • School social workers provide services in aiding children with developmental, emotional and educational requirements. Most social workers work in schools, research, public welfare, politics, policy and planning, occupational and employee assistance program, mental health programs, clinical programs, justice, corrections and international settings.

Average Salary

In the same way that a career in social work offers a thousand different options in terms of work environment and job responsibilities, there’s a huge range of salaries found in the field too.

As you might expect, none of them are likely to make you rich, but you can still do pretty well for yourself in the process of doing good things for other people. According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary for all social workers in the U.S. as of May 2017 was $47,980, while the average among the top 10 percent was $79,740.

Around the country, the average salaries by specialty looked like this:

Child, Family and School Social Workers 

Healthcare social workers

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

  • Los Angeles, CA - $62,000
  • Los Angeles, CA - $73,970
  • Los Angeles, CA - $51,600
  • New York, NY - $59,410
  • New York, NY - $65,590
  • New York, NY - $65,180
  • Chicago, IL - $59,420
  • Chicago, IL - $56,270
  • Chicago, IL - $54,670

 

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