BSW Program Field Placements

The field placements provide opportunities for students to apply theories and skills in a practice setting. Under the supervision of the McGill Field Coordinator and a qualified field supervisor from the agency or organization, students gain practical experience working with diverse communities and populations.


  • At the BSW level, the program aims to provide field experiences to prepare students for the generalist practice of social work.


  • Students are expected to be functional in French (comprehension, spoken, and written) for the field placement components of the BSW program.
  • Please note that the School of Social Work has a limited number of field placements for students who are not functionally bilingual. Students without proficiency in French will have limited local options and will likely need to complete their U3 field placement in an out-of-province setting in the spring/summer semester.
  • BSW students in U2 are not permitted to complete their U2 field placement in an out-of-province setting in the spring/summer semester.
  • Some field placements require a high level of French.
  • Not all agencies offer placements at each academic level.
  • Agency availability is subject to change before students are placed.
  • Students must be prepared to travel at least one hour to the field placement.
  • Students should consider field placement as opportunities to be challenged: to work with unfamiliar populations or issues.
  • Specific course prerequisites may be required for some practice settings.
  • Students are not permitted to do their field placement in an agency/setting in which they have previous work experience.
  • The School of Social work cannot guarantee specific placements or locations.
  • Students must work with the Field Placement Coordinator throughout the placement process.