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Social work represents the best possible preparation for ensuring social justice and equal opportunities for children, young people and adults in all life situations. 

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Bachelor's in Social Work - your chance to ensure equal opportunities

Are you an advocate for equal opportunities and work for more equality in our society? If you want to actively support people of all ages facing difficult life situations, the exciting field of social work is just right for you. During the Bachelor's programme in Social Work you will get to acquire specific concepts, methods and instruments that can help coping with life crises. Whether as a street worker, social worker or social policy expert - you will later be able to take on important functions in state or private institutions as well as in social services and counselling centres. 

 The IU University Bachelor's Programme in Social Work not only will teach you  subject-specific fundamentals , but also intercultural and business management skills. Also, the curriculum includes transdisciplinary fundamentals and practice-relevant methods that will later support you in your daily work in social institutions. You will get the chance to specialise in selected areas of social work such as adult and childhood education or child and youth welfare. In addition to the academic degree, you can also obtain a professional certificate as a "state-approved/social pedagogue and social worker". 

Information on accreditation and state approval can be found on the sub-page of the degree program.

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Why you should study at IU

By studying at IU International University, you can expect up to 20% more salary in your future career.
The job market is constantly changing - studying with us gives you the perfect preparation for the business world.
Start out in the professional world without compromises - no problem with a degree from us.


Your studies in Social Work are opening a whole new range of opportunities for you and your career. Be ready to make an impact and to work in an industry as diverse as your learned skills. 

Social worker in the field of childhood education

With training in childhood education, your traditional fields of work are similar to those of educators: nurseries, kindergartens, daycare centres, integrated kindergartens, after-school care centres, all-day schools, facilities for the disabled, facilities for youth welfare, homes and recreation facilities for children and adolescents. 

Social worker in the field of youth counselling

As a social worker for children/adolescents, you may work at schools, youth welfare offices, various counselling centres, or in the field of youth welfare. With a specialisation in social services, you have a very wide range of jobs open to you: for example, counselling, support planning and case work, separation and divorce counselling, family court support, or work in hospital social services.   


Social worker in the field of youth counselling

With a specialisation in social services, you can support people through counselling, support planning and case work, separation and divorce counselling, family court support, or work in hospital social services.

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Distance learning

For maximum flexibility and maximum success - study 100% online 

  • Ideal for graduating with maximum flexibility: study when, where and how you want.  
  • 100% online study - no compulsory attendance and optionally full or part-time 
  • Take exams online or locally if you wish    
  • Maximum support from tutors, professors and study coaches 
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Part-time studies

Flexibility and clear structures - cleverly combined 

  • Perfect to take your career to the next level: Study while working  
  • Possible at 14 locations as well as at the virtual campus  
  • Mix of flexible online modules and regular classes  
  • Choose your own pace in online studies and deepen your knowledge with the help of experienced professors on campus 


Study the way you want after graduating from high school. Campus or online - you decide.  

  • Study on campus or participate in online events  
  • Studying abroad or living at home for the first few semesters? Check! 
  • Great additional offers from coaches to events in the Study Café  
  • Currently for 13 study programs at 4 locations as well as at the virtual campus 

Dual studies

Study or work? Just do both!  

  • The perfect way to start your career: study and gain work experience at the same time  
  • At over 35 locations as well as at the virtual campus 
  • Regular rotation between theory on campus and practice in the company 
  • Apply what you have learned directly in practice and have more than three years of professional experience after graduation  

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