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  • Locations: Lisbon, Portugal; Porto, Portugal
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Ramapo College of New Jersey 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2024 03/01/2024 ** Rolling Admission 05/31/2024 06/07/2024
Summer 2025 03/03/2025 ** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Discipline of Study: Social Work Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotel Minimum GPA: 3.0
Class Status: 4th year (Senior), 5th year and beyond (Super Senior), Graduate student, Ramapo Alumni Program Type: Study
Program Description:
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Roukema Center for International Education
Office of International Programs

Global Clinical Social Work in Portugal:
From Policy to Practice to Address Substance Use Disorders 



  • Term: Late May-Early June, 1 week
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal (including surrounding areas)
  • Credits: 3 (graduate)
  • Eligibility:
    • Graduate Students: Enrollment in a MSW Program is required
    • Undergraduate Students: Enrolled in the Substance Use Disorder minor or the BSW degree program is required; preference given to upper-class students.
    • All Ramapo College students in good academic and judicial standing are eligible.
    • Students of other U.S. colleges or universities are also eligible.
  • Course Credit
    • Graduate Students: Earn 3 MSW credits towards your degree requirements
    • Undergraduate Students: Earn 3 credits that can be used as an undergraduate social work elective; can also be used as 3 MSW credits if future enrolled in Ramapo's MSW program

[Course Overview]


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 Porto.

Course Description (MSWK 590)

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.


Students will reside in hotels throughout the program.


Program cost: $4200
Program cost includes: Tuition fees for 3 credits; program reading materials; pre-departure and on-site orientation; comprehensive health & security insurance; accommodations; some meals; excursions and entrance fees; in-country program transportation. 
Program cost does not include: AirfareUS airport transfers; some meals; personal expenses and immunization costs.
Payment Timeline
  Application Deadline Mar. 1
  Commitment &
 $500 Deposit (non-refundable)
Mar. 15
  Payment #1:  April. 1
  Payment #2:  April 15
  Payment #3:  May 11

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:


Professor Stephanie Sarabia 
Program delivered in collaboration with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)


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