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Ramapo College - Portugal: Addressing Substance Use Disorders (MSW)
Lisbon, Portugal (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Spring Break
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Spring Break 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Discipline of Study: Social Work Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotel Minimum GPA: 3.0
Class Status: 3rd year (Junior), 4th year (Senior), 5th year and beyond (Super Senior), Graduate student Program Type: Study
Program Description:
Program Description:
Portugal - Addressing Substance Use Disorders (MSW)


  • Term: Spring Break
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal (including surrounding areas)
  • Credits: 3
  • Eligibility:
    • Minimum GPA: 3.0
    • Prerequisites: All graduate students must be enrolled in a Master of Social Work Program. Undergraduates must have permission from the program Faculty in order to participate; preference is given to graduate students.
    • All Ramapo College students in good academic and judicial standing are eligible.
    • Students of other U.S. colleges or universities are also eligible.
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Objectives/Course Goals

This course will examine policies relevant to those with substance use disorders from an international perspective. This course will require students to think critically and question everything they may know about substance use. This course will take place in Lisbon, Portugal engaging in multiple presentation and site visits to learn about the Portuguese system of decriminalization. Students will meet with a parliament member active in passing decriminalization legislation, neurobiologist who shares state of the art research on addictive disorders, researchers from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), treatment providers, and law enforcement officials. The experience includes trips to the Portuguese parliament, a treatment facility, and the EMCDDA as well as cultural excursions to Cascais and Sintra.

Course Description

This experience offers students a trans-disciplinary approach to Substance Use Disorders in the context of the Portuguese policy of decriminalization of all drugs.  Through lectures and field visits, students gain a view of substance use as a multifaceted, intertwined dynamic process that spans the expertise of social work, public health, law enforcement, medical, and political systems.  Lectures by those engaged in the decriminalized system include a social worker, Member of Parliament, and a police officer.  Trips include a substance use disorder treatment facility and the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction as well as cultural excursions.
During the trip students will have to keep a journal, which will inform their reflections for the final course assignment. Below is a summary of the course final assignment.  A detailed description of the assignment will be distributed in class.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of how the political and legal context of decriminalization impacts the prevention and treatment of Substance Use Disorders.
  • Students will demonstrate a trans-disciplinary understanding of Substance Use Disorders from the perspectives of social work, public health, law enforcement, and politics.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of evidence-based practice approaches to Substance Use Disorders in the context of the Portuguese culture.


Students will reside in twin rooms in a hotel in Lisbon.
*Additional fee of $280 for single supplement.


Program fees for NJ Residents: $4,000
Program fees for non-NJ Residents: $4,000

Program fee includes:
  • R/T Travel from NYC to Portugal
  • Lodging twin rooms (additional $425 for single supplement)
  • Tuition for 3 graduate credits
  • All excursion and entrance fees
  • Comprehensive international health insurance
  • Course Texts
  • Some meals
Program fee does not include:
  • U.S airport transfers
  • Immunization costs
  • Personal Expenses
  • Most meals

Payment Timeline

Payment Type
Due Date
$500 Non-refundable Deposit October 29
Payment 1: $1150 December 10
Payment 2 : $1175 January 21
Payment 3 : $1175 February 18
Late Fees : A late fee of $35 will be assessed for each payment not received by the payment deadlines communicated to you by the International Programs Office.
Note : There will be a 3-day grace period before a late fee is assessed.


Scholarships are available for eligible applicants:


Stephanie Elias Sarabia Kathleen Ray
Assistant Professor of Social Work Assistant Professor of Social Work
G 207 G 208
(201)-684-7818 (201)-684-7625


The Roukema Center for International Education
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road - ASB123, Mahwah, NJ 07430 USA
Telephone: (201) 684-7533

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