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International students in Bachelor of Social Work programs across Australia: A case for special educational consideration?

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posted on 2023-05-16, 12:15 authored by Taylor, S, Craft, CA, Smith, DA, Rowley, D
While increasing enrolments of international fee-paying students are a feature of the current Australian tertiary system, little research has been undertaken relating to international students studying social work. A national survey of all accredited BSW programs within Australia was undertaken in 1997 with regard to the demographic profile of international students, current provisions for them and perceptions of educators about relevant issues for consideration. The findings of this survey are presented here. Fee-paying international students represented a small proportion of total enrolments within Australian BSW programs in 1997. While educators perceived that these students did have particular educational and social challenges within Australian social work programs, few special considerations were afforded to them, although the literature would encourage us to consider this. Issues relating to the social and cultural construction of Western social work education are discussed, as well as the cultural relevance of Australian social work education for international students intending to practise social work in their countries of origin. © 2000, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


Publication title

Australian Social Work








School of Social Sciences


Australian Association of Social Workers, National Press Club

Place of publication

Barton, ACT

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