The internationalization of social work. Emerging discourses from the Erasmus Mundus Advances program

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Nowadays, an increased number of international social work (ISW) educational programs have been developed with the goal to equip practitioners to face the social problems in the new modern era. Within our globalized world, social work is in the quest for professionals with a global mind-set and nontraditional abilities and skills. This article pre- sents the findings of an explorative research carried out during the ISW master program called Advances. The qualitative research aimed to explore the perceptions, believes and opinions of those students and alumni who have been enrolled in the Advances program who were subsequently asked to think critically and reflect about their interna- tional experience. The Advances program is a practical example that might be helpful to reflect on both how to develop a collaborative process between international social workers during the early years of education and how to build commonalities and fight for a common cause, improving the global/local social workers’ mind-set, sharing cross-national concerns more than look for an international ideological definition of what should be (International) Social Work.


External organisations
  • Italian National Research Centre on Ageing (INRCA)
  • Paris Nanterre University
Research areas and keywords


  • education, International Social Work, Erasmus program, cross-cultural knowledge, critical social work
Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial Work Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Aug 8
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes