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  • Locations: Budapest, Hungary; Munich, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.00
Field of Study: Social Work Housing Options: Hostel or Hotel
Credit Type: Resident Credit Program Type: CES Faculty-Led Program
SDSU Office: 2-Extended Studies
Program Description:

Social Work in Germany - Immigration and Refugee Policies and Programs: A Comparison of the U.S. and Germany

Germany is beautiful and has a rich culture. I learned a lot from the Germans and their social welfare policies.
- Diana, Summer 2015

I would suggest this program to other students. It was very interesting to see how Germany helps refugees compared to the US.
- Summer 2017 Participant
Summer 2019: Add your name to the Inquiry List below
Dates Abroad: TBA
Course Dates: TBA
Price: TBA


Summer 2018: Application CLOSED
Dates Abroad: arrive on July 6 - depart on July 19, 2018
Course Dates: Required on-campus course dates at SDSU: June 28 & 29; abroad: July 6-19; course completion through August 3, 2018
Price: $2,937
NOTE: Information listed below is for 2018. Subject to change for 2019.


Students will have an exciting opportunity to view immigration issues in an international context. The goal of the program is to compare and contrast policy and the provisions for immigrants and refugees in both countries major social welfare and health care programs common to both the United States and Germany. The course begins with an intensive three days of study at SDSU where we will examine US, German, and global responses to immigration and refugee policy, and provide introductory material for understanding German culture. Students will then depart for field work in Munich to examine immigration policy and program.

Faculty and students from Katholische Stiftungsfachhochschule München (Catholic University of Applied Sciences Munich) (KSFH) will host students. Faculty from the host University will deliver workshops on German culture, history, and policy and practice with immigration issues. The core of the study will occur in field visitations to a variety of social service agencies, tours of cultural and historic sites, and the possible opportunity to visit Salzburg Austria. Participants will interact with German human service professionals and learn about their work. The program also provides abundant opportunities to meet German students.


Munich is a city that is nearly 1,000 years old which retains much of its medieval past. The city is in the foothills of the Alps, which can be reached easily by car or train. The program will also include a visit to the medieval monastery at Benediktbeuern where the Katholische Stiftungsfachhochschule München, University of Applied Sciences (KSFH) maintains a branch campus as well as a visit to the beautiful and historic city of Budapest, the capital of Hungary, for additional lecture and touring opportunities. 

Host University: The Katholische Stiftungsfachhochschule München, University of Applied Sciences (KSFH) is a nationally and internationally well-known University educating professionals for the Social Work, Education, Nursing, Health Administration, Substance Abuse Treatment, and the Arts. The University has about 2000 students at branches in Munich and Benediktbeuern. The main campus in Munich is located in the lovely borough of Haidhausen almost in the center of the city. The branch in Benediktbeuern is situated in the picturesque 1200-year-old Benediktbeuern Abbey in the alpine upland, about one hour by train from Munich. Most KSFH faculty and students are fluent in English.


All participants are required to register for the following SDSU College of Extended Studies (CES) “Special Sessions” course.  After you apply and are officially enrolled in the program, you will receive instructions on how to register for the course from the College of Extended Studies. 
  • SWORK 596: IMMGRTN/REFGEE US/GERMNY (3 units of SDSU resident credit)
    • This course requires two on-campus course dates at SDSU on June 28 & 29 as well as the time abroad.

HINT for SDSU students: Log in to your WebPortal account and check your Degree Evaluation to see if the course fulfills your graduation requirementsOtherwise, meet with an academic advisor to discuss your options; click HERE for more information.  


Student accommodations consist of twin beds in the A&O Munchen Hackerbrucke hotel while in Munich, Germany and three nights in the Ibis Styles hotel in Budapest City, Hungary.  An additional $687 supplement is available for single accommodations throughout the program.  Breakfast at the hotels and internet is included in the cost.  All other meals are the responsibility of the students.  


Through lectures, guest speakers, field trips to agencies, and assignments, students will become familiar with the differences between and similarities of the U.S. and German Systems. The program includes a visit to the former concentration camp at Dachau, many cultural and recreational sites throughout Munich, Germany, as well as a visit to Budapest, the capital of Hungary.  (Please note that students will be required to walk approximately 5-10 miles per day during the program. Please contact the faculty leader, listed below, for more information.)


Dr. Loring Jones, Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, College of Health and Human Services (HHS), SDSU


Payment Schedule:
   $383.00   Deposit due with application, paid to the College of Extended Studies (CES),  to save your spot in the program
   $729.50   50% of program payment plus optional services due to WorldStrides April 1 (instructions provided after acceptance)
$1,095.00   Tuition due with course registration, paid to CES, between April 15-25
   $729.50   100% of program payment plus optional services due to WorldStrides May 7
$2,937.00   Total Program Fee 2018
Included in the Program Fee:
  • SDSU tuition for 3 units
  • Travel Medical & Repatriation insurance
  • Twin accommodations in hotels throughout program
  • Daily breakfast and internet service at hotels
  • Airport arrival transfers 
  • Daily metro passes for all program days to visits within city limits (note: visits outside city limits may incur additional costs)
  • Transportation from Munich to Budapest by train 
  • Transportation in safe, clean motor coach, including Intra-city transportation
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Excursions
Not Included in the Program Fee:
  • Round-trip Airfare
  • Passport and visa fees (visit Students Abroad for more information) - NOTE: A visa is not required for U.S. citizens to enter Germany for this program.
  • Vaccinations, if necessary (visit CDC website for more information)
  • $687 supplement for optional single accommodation throughout the program
  • Metro transportation to visits outside city limits may incur additional costs
  • Transportation from the hotel to the airport in Munich on the last day of the program
  • Meals, besides breakfasts at hotels
  • Local mobile phone rental
  • Luggage overage fees
  • Hotel incidentals
  • Personal Expenses
Refund Policy:
Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student. All withdrawals must be sent in writing via email to Phil Hoog at

Fees paid to the College of Extended Studies (CES):
Deposit Refund:
  • Withdrawals before the application deadline of March 15, 2018 will receive a full refund minus processing fees. 
  • Refunds of all recoverable expenses will be issued for withdrawals between March 16, 2018 and April 2, 2018. 
  • No refund will be issued for withdrawals after April 2, 2018.
Course Tuition Refund: 
Fees Paid to WorldStrides:
  • Withdraws received between June 6, 2018 and May 6, 2018: WorldStrides will retain 50% of the ground services portion of the program fee in addition to any penalties due for international air. 
  • Withdraws received after May 6, 2018 are subject to a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the ground services and international air, canceling students will receive any issued airline tickets subject to airline restrictions on future use. 

Funding and Scholarship Information:
  • Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 

    • Students will be required to walk approximately 5-10 miles per day during the program. Contact the faculty leader with any questions or concerns.
    • This course requires attending two on-campus course dates at SDSU on June 28 & 29 as well as the time abroad. 
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities and the general public
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.

Summer 2018: Application CLOSED

If you are interested in attending this program in Summer 2019, add your name to the Inquiry List below and you'll receive email updates when available.

  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • For course content, requirements, and specific information about the program contact the faculty leader, Dr. Loring Jones, at
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Phil Hoog, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:, (619) 594-0638.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.