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Bachelor programme Social Work

Contents and focus of the degree programme:


Higher education institution:
Fachhochschule Vorarlberg GmbH
Group of fields of study:
Medicine/Health, Social and Economic Sciences
Degree programme:
Social Work
Bachelor programme
Academic degree:
Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, BA
6 Semester / 180 ECTS*

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Languages of instruction:
Partly English
Student Union fee: EUR 19,70
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Type of higher education institution:
University of Applied Sciences
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Definition of the field of studies

The aim of the discipline of Social Work is to reduce social problems for people in difficult situations and to enable them to take part in social life. The preventive character of social work is of special relevance.


The bachelor's programme lasts six semesters and includes the following subjects: Political and legal framework conditions of social work, Organisation of social work, Theory of social work (1st semester); Structures of living environments, Salutogenetic basics of social work (2nd semester); Methods and decision-making skills in social work 1, Basics of social work theory (3rd semester): Theories of social work, European and international social policy and social work, Structures of living environments (4th semester); work placement, bachelor thesis 1 (5th semester); Organisation of social work, Theory-practice reflexion, living environments, social and personal skills (6th semester). In the fourth semester students can do an optional study abroad semester at one of the partner universities of the FH Vorarlberg. They have to complete a four-week work placement in the second semester and a 15-week work placement in the fifth semester. Students also have to write two bachelor's theses. The programme concludes with an oral bachelor's examination.

Entrance examinations

The prerequisite for admission to this programme is a school leaving certificate, a vocational diploma qualifying for studying at a higher education institution (Berufsreifeprüfung), a university entrance qualification exam, subject-related professional qualification or the German university of applied sciences entrance qualification plus additional examinations.

Supplementary examinations