International Community

Our international programs and collaboratives are designed to respond with unique and innovative solutions to the needs and interests of diverse populations:


Center for Pacific Studies

  • The Center for Pacific Studies provides research, education,  training, and technical assistance services in partnership with institutions of higher education in the Pacific.


Nangarhar University Partnership in Afghanistan

  • International Learning Center (ILC) serves as the site to coordinate project activities between Nangarhar University and The Interwork Institute that focus on information technology and English language development.

  • English Language Program supported by the Ministry of Higher Education in Afghanistan through grant funds from the World Bank, is to implement an initial three-year technical assistance, capacity building and training program, to establish information technology resources and capabilities and a comprehensive English language program that will enable NU to prepare its students to earn a BA degree in English.

  • Engineering Program. The 30 month project, supported by the Ministry of Higher Education through grant funds from the World Bank, commenced on January 1, 2008 and focuses on provision of technical assistance to support NU in developing a new Civil Engineering program.

European Platform for Rehabilitation 

The European Platform is a consortium of providers of rehabilitation services throughout Europe and is involved in promoting best practices, advancing European social policy and legislation, and facilitating access to EU funding. It conducts policy development activities including: 
  • Provide seminars on person-centered planning and organizational change
  • European committee to develop disability policy for Romania
  • Implementation of the UN Convention for Persons with Disabilities


The EPR Knowledge Management Centre (KMC)

The KMC site is maintained by the European Platform for Rehabilitation and serves as an on-line database that enables individual professionals in the EPR member organizations to find their way to the enormous resources of know-how and expertise available within the EPR network. It is not only the major instrument for innovation activities, but it can also provide assistance when looking for partners to initiate joint businesses. Finally, it is an essential tool to support individual professionals in their day-to day activities.

For more information contact: Dr. Charles Degeneffe at

Click to access the KMC database


Collaboration that Supports Faculty and Student Involvement


  • Ireland (National Learning Network): Graduate students from Rehabilitation Counseling Program have internships at NLN, focused on services for individuals with brain injuries and educational accommodations for postsecondary students with disabilities; Faculty have collaborated on using a universal design approach for teaching and learning.
  • Netherlands: Faculty collaboration with schools and agencies that support the transition of students with disabilities as they exit secondary school; work has included organizing visits by Dutch professionals to CA and graduate students completing internships in the Netherlands.


  • The Interwork Institute hosts  groups of administrators from the China Disabled Persons' Federation in San Diego in order to attend training regarding policy development and service delivery for individuals with disabilities
  • The ARPE department organizes educational trips for graduate students and alumni in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program to travel to China and Hong Kong to learn about services related to assistive technology, social enterprise for individuals with psychiatric disabilities, and other rehabilitation supports.