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Students and Faculty in Utsjoki

May 19-June 4, 2003

The Department of Social Work at the University of Vermont, in collaboration with the University of Lapland, is pleased to offer "Social Work in an Global Context." This 3-credit course offers a unique opportunity to study social work with international students and faculty in the beautiful environment of Finnish Lapland during the magical time of the midnight sun. In addition to students and faculty from Finland and the U.S., past courses have included participants from Canada, Estonia, Germany, Hong Kong, Latvia, Lithuania, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Scotland, and Wales. The course includes lectures, small group discussions and exercises, visits to social service agencies, and travel throughout Northern Finland. Since Lapland is the home of most of the indigenous Sámi people, we also learn about Sámi culture and social work services to this population, including a trip to Utsjoki, the northernmost municipality in Finland.

Cost of the seminar is approximately $1500 which includes airfare from New York City, lodging, travel within Finland, two trips to Utsjoki and Oulu (2-3 nights), and admission to museums. Tuition is $2130 for a 3 credit course for out-of-state students. Credits earned in the program are transferable to most programs; however, prospective students should check with their respective educational institutions. The course is open to current social work majors, MSW students, professional social workers (educational travel may be tax deductible), and others who have the appropriate background. Permission of instructor is required. Space is limited to 13 students. Instructor: Stanley L Witkin, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Vermont. This is the fifth consecutive year that Dr. Witkin will be bringing a group to Finland. For further information about the course please contact: Professor Witkin at or (802) 656-8800. 

Click here to view pictures and comments from previous trips.