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Social Work Summer Program in Austria – Student Application

Student Application Deadline: November 22, 2019

Program Summary:

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION are a major focus of the Nova Scotia Community College. As part of this work we are presenting the second year of this exciting program opportunity!

The 2020 Summer Program in Social work will provide an opportunity for students from the school of Health and Human Services to travel to Linz, Austria to participate in a two-week program in June 2019.  NSCC is offering this program in partnership with the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria – Linz Campus. The first week of this program will have students participating in the International Days in Social Work facilitated by the Linz Campus.

This first week includes lectures/workshops which are facilitated by international guest lecturers, site visits to social work organizations and cultural activities, among them a one day trip to the UNESCO heritage village Hallstatt and the Dachstein Mountain with the ice-caves. During the second week of the program, students will participate in a customized program that will consist of sessions related to various social work areas presented by local experts, site visits to local support organizations, and cultural experiences.

Program Qualifications:

This program is open to first or second-year NSCC students enrolled in the Social Services program (or any other relative human services program).

Successful completion of this program will provide first year NSCC students with one elective credit towards their second year. The relevant Academic Chair will decide on credit or work term equivalency.

About Linz, Austria and the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

Linz is a city in Upper Austria, straddling the Danube River midway between Salzburg and Vienna. Baroque buildings, including Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) and the old cathedral or Alter Dom, ring Hauptplatz, the old town’s main square. The riverside Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz has a major modern art collection. Across the river, the striking Ars Electronica Center focuses on society, technology and life in the future.

The University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (UASUA) is the largest university of applied sciences in Austria and is an integral part of the tertiary education system. The institution is defined by the requirement s of regional employment and research needs and is divided into four campuses (in Wels, Linz, Hagenberg and Steyr).

The University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria Linz campus provides Bachelor, Masters and Certificate level programs in the field of Medical Engineering, Human Services, Social Work and Health Care Management. NSCC has been working with UASUA since 2010 exchanging engineering students with the Wels Campus.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To develop and refine the skills needed to prepare for and participate in an international learning experience including research, organization, risk management, teamwork, interpersonal communication and cultural competence and sensitivity.
  • To strengthen academic and portfolio profiles through enhanced research, analysis, planning, communication, entrepreneurship, problem solving, documentation, and presentation skills
  • To identify and reflect on the differences and similarities between Canada and Austria in the field of Social Work

Selection Criteria:

  • Must be a NSCC student with a valid passport (or the ability to get one).
  • Must be a student enrolled in the first or second year of the Social Services Program.
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing.

Application Requirements:

· Online Application (see below)

· Current Resume (uploaded to application form)

Students should complete their application on or before November 22, 2019.  Following interviews with shortlisted candidates, students will be notified in the second half of November if they are accepted to participate in this program.  After receiving approval students will be given a payment schedule and will be expected to pay a $500 deposit as their first payment in January. At this time a learning contract will also be distributed to be signed by students and faculty outlining roles and responsibilities.

Project Timeline (subject to change):

October 2019 Student Application (Call for Submission)
November 2019 Student Selection
December 2019 Student Learning Contracts finalized and signed
January 2020 Research and planning phase initiated
January 2020 Online Pre-Departure Course begins
April 2020 Pre-Departure Conference
May 2020 International Learning Program in Austria
July 2020 Debriefing and Reporting


  • Students accepted into this program must participate in the pre-departure online course and one-day pre-departure conference on April 17, 2020
  • Students must follow the NSCC international travel policy

Wait List:

Those who are interviewed but not selected may have the opportunity to be placed on a wait-list until all deposits are received.

Program Cost:

The approximate costs associated with this program are outlined below.  The exact costs will be confirmed by NSCC and the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, and will depend on the exchange rate of the Euro.  The following costs will be included in your Program Fee payable to Nova Scotia Community College.

Program Fee

Program Fee (includes accommodations, cultural program,

social program, site visits and some meals)

TOTAL (payable to Nova Scotia Community College) $1,200

Additional Individual Costs (may vary depending on individual):

Airfare (approximate cost) $1,000
Passport and Passport Photo $100
Guard.me Travel Health Insurance (mandatory purchase through guard.me). Cost will vary depending on amount of time abroad. $100
Immunizations and Prescriptions $100
Additional meals and expenses (not covered by the program fee) $500
TOTAL $1,800

Participants are responsible for the costs of their airfare, passport & passport photos, immunizations and prescriptions, Travel Health Insurance) and any meals or other expenses not covered in the program fee.

Student Bursary

Students will have the opportunity to receive a bursary of up to $500 from NSCC International (made possible through the NSCC Foundation and NSCC International’s externally funded Projects) to participate in the program. Application details will be sent to those selected to participate in the program.


Students who withdraw from this program after they have confirmed their participation will forfeit their deposit.

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