Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work


Study Abroad Rome 2018 - Colosseum

Read the students and faculty insights of the 2019 excursion.

Join us for the 2020 SSW Rome Program

Join professors Caleb Kim and Amy Krings in Rome this upcoming summer for espresso, gelato, great sightseeing and two outstanding social work courses:

  1. SOWK 502/370 Promoting Social Justice and Empowerment: The Intersection of Oppression, Privilege, and Diversity in Social Work (502 could be replaced with 690 Independent Study if you already took this course).
  2. SOWK 634 Comparative Social Welfare Policy: Earn 6 credits towards your MSW degree. Your "book learning" will be augment with half dozen amazing excursions, including social service site visits and cultural experiences (e.g., Vatican Museum and the Roman Forum), and guest lecturers, etc.).

Check our information flyer for the 2020 Rome Trip.

Summer 2020 Course Offered

SOWK 502/370 Promoting Social Justice and Empowerment: The Intersection of Oppression, Privilege, and Diversity in Social Work (this course could be replaced with 690 Independent Study if a student already took it).

Faculty: Caleb Kim

  • This course is designed to learn the concepts of privilege, oppression and social justice of diverse populations from the global context through a study abroad in Rome. There are three essential and unique micro, mezzo and macro components to develop cultural consciousness, humility and global perspective. Three components are: 1. Developing an ongoing awareness of self and personal/professional boundaries (micro); 2. Understanding the unique needs and lived experiences of diverse populations, especially in Italy and Europe (mezzo); and 3. Expanding awareness of the various systems of oppression and privilege that contribute to our self-awareness and self-concept as well as global and international perceptions (macro). Special attention is directed to identifying the needs of underserved and high-risk populations (e.g. refugees, immigrants) in the global context.

SOWK 634 Comparative Social Welfare Policy.

Faculty: Amy Krings

  • This course examines social work policy and advocacy practice in the US and Italy and provides an in-depth focus on policies of interest to social workers interested in health, behavioral health, and children and families. The course has a focus on frameworks for understanding social welfare policy, the interrelationships between various policy streams, financing systems, the organization of the delivery system, and continued efforts at reform. Models of cross-national comparative analysis will be presented and a framework will be developed from a social work perspective to compare and contrast the systems.  Special attention is directed to identifying the needs of underserved and high-risk populations; the relative roles of the private and public sector; the effect of system design on cost, quality, efficiency, and equity; lessons for the US from Italy and vice versa; and implications for social work practice.
    Course objectives will be achieved through internet-based activities and courses in the US as well as an immersion in Rome, Italy during the summer of 2020. Attendance at all class activities is mandatory. The purpose of the immersion is to expose students to speakers and field sites that will facilitate a better understanding of the social welfare system in Italy.

Dates of the Trip

  • June 14th - June 28th, 2020

Trip Schedule & Sites of Interest

  • Sunday June 14th Arrive!
  • Monday June 15th Welcome lunch and field trip
  • Tuesday June 16th to June 27th Coursework and fieldtrips
  • Sunday June 28th Depart

Program Fees

  • $400 non-refundable fee is due by Friday, December 20, 2019.
  • Estimated total program fee will range from $2,250 (inclusive of the $400 deposit).
  • Program fee covers JFRC dorm, breakfast, occasional group meals, all-access bus pass (like the Ventra card), and all course-related tours and field trips.
  • Other expenses you need to budget for: airfare (~$700 - $1500), tuition, meals, and anything you want to spend on gifts, traveling, and tours.


No application, just a $400 deposit.


Caleb Kim at ckim4@luc.edu OR Amy Krings at akrings@luc.edu

The deadline for submitting your deposit is Friday, December 20th 2019. We know that many of you are VERY excited about going to Rome this summer to learn about cultural competence, self-awareness, diverse at-risk global population, advanced policy, and to explore one of the most amazing cities in the world. The first 12 to sign up and submit deposits will be assured space on the trip. You will get the link for the Rome deposit in a separate email. Since traveling is more fun with friends, encourage your friends to sign up.

Thank you for your interest in our trip to Rome. If you have questions, please email us.