BSW Program Field Placements

BSW Program Field Placements

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


  • At the BSW level, field placement experiences aim 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.
  • BSW students in U2 are not permitted to complete their U2 field placement in an out-of-province social services agency, department, or organization in the spring/summer semester.
  • Some field placements require a high level of French.
  • Not all social services agencies, departments, or organizations offer placements at each academic level.
  • Availability at any given social services agency, department, or organization 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 social services agencies, departments, or organizations.
  • Students are not permitted to do their field placement in a social services department 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.

Link to Field Placement Options

The following includes a list of organizations that have offered BSW field placements within the past few years. Not all sites have the capacity to take a student each year. All questions and concerns as well as preferences can be discussed with the BSW Field Coordinator.

Please see BSW List of Field Placements.

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