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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Tianjin, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Stephanie LaCava
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Service Learning:
Program Description:
ChinaSSWBannerThe Program
  • Take an in-depth look at the nature and practice of social welfare institutions in China, and the challenges faced due to rapid urban population growth and economic development.
  • Visit local social welfare organizations throughout Beijing, meeting with social work practitioners from across the field and exploring the differences between practices and policy in China and the United States.
  • Drawing on your knowledge from the two-week course, complete an additional service learning practicum in a local social welfare agency, where you will engage in meaningful work with professionals caring for the city’s most vulnerable populations.  The service learning practicum is worth an additional three credits (total: 6), and can be counted toward the required field hours for MSW students.
Your Host City: Beijing
Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China.  It is the political, educational, and cultural center of China and the nation's most populous city with over 15 million residents and 4.5 million cars. The architecture reflects the city’s ever-changing persona.  Due to rapid industrialization, enormous population (approximately 20 million), and continuous urban sprawl, the city is home to an increasing number of migrants from the Chinese countryside as well as ethnic minorities from other parts of East Asia.  These circumstances make Beijing a fascinating environment to study the expanding demands of Chinese social welfare systems.

Faculty Director Profile:

Dr. Huang is a professor in the Rutgers School of Social Work and the director of the Huamin Research Center.  Dr. Huang’s research interests include social assistance, poverty, and income redistribution, and the way these issues affect children and families.  He has been leading the School of Social Work’s Social Welfare Systems summer program to China since 2011.

This program is designed for graduate-level students in the School of Social Work.  It is open to advanced undergraduate students only by special permission of the faculty director.

To view the program's 2016 syllabus, please click here.  A preliminary syllabus for 2017 will be available before the start of the spring semester.

This program is worth 6 credits, comprised of the following components:
  • Students will be enrolled in Social Welfare Systems of China: Processes and Challenges, an intensive two-week course worth 3 credits.  The course will begin with an online pre-departure orientation and preliminary readings.  The in-country instruction will be based at Renmin University of China in Beijing. Students will take classes in the morning and participate in field visits in the afternoon to national and local social welfare departments and social work agencies. China social work educators, researchers, and practitioners will join the program for both didactic and field experiences.  Students who only wish to apply for this three-credit course should click here for more information and to apply.
  • After the completion of the intensive course, students enrolled in the service learning practicum will stay in China for an additional two weeks of service placements.   Past placements have included an under-resourced school of migrant children, a philanthropic organization, and a mental illness facility.  Students who complete the practicum will receive an additional 3 credits (70 hours of field education credit for Social Work students, which can be applied to School of Social Work Fall/Spring Field Education Hours).
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

The program itinerary includes several group excursions, designed to enhance student learning about Chinese history, culture, and contemporary society.  Cultural highlights of the program will include visits to the Forbidden City and the Great Wall, as well as a traditional Beijing Duck dinner.

Accommodations and Meals
Students will be housed at the Beijing Friendship Hotel.  Two meals each day will be taken as a group at the hotel and at local restaurants.

Financial Information
Program costs for 2017 will be updated by the end of the fall semester.

For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses for this program from 2016, please view the program budget sheet.

For more information about Finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission, please visit the Finances section of our website.

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers study abroad withdrawal policy.

Students are encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria.  To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships At-A-Glance worksheet, and visit our Scholarship Directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.