YOUR SOCIAL WORK STUDIES. FOR A BETTER FUTURE.
In the Social Work study programme at the IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU), you will learn specific concepts, methods and instruments that you can apply in practice after graduation. In addition to the academic basics, we also strengthen your intercultural and business skills. Furthermore, transdisciplinary basics and practice-relevant methods are on the curriculum, which will pay off in your daily work in social institutions after completing your degree in Social Work.
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Choose how you want to study Social Work at the IU
You can study your Bachelor of Social Work in various forms. This depends entirely on how your individual everyday life looks like and what prerequisites you have when you begin your studies. The table provides you with a good overview about the benefits of the different forms of study and which model will support you best on your personal path.
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Study the way you want after graduating from high school. Campus or online – you decide.
Study on campus during the day or in the virtual lecture hall, exchange ideas with professors and fellow students and deepen your knowledge on our digital platform. This way you will benefit from the perfect mix of classic student life and flexible online studies!
Studies or work experience? Why not both?
You will study in person or virtually and learn how to put your knowledge into practice during your practical phases in a company. The perfect mix of theory and practical experience, tailored exactly to you and your needs.
* Information on accreditation and state approval can be found on the sub-page of the degree programme.
Why you should study Social Work
A university degree can open various doors for you and creates more opportunities for growth and freedom in your future. You can have more career opportunities than you would have without, and you will move up the career ladder much faster because you will be taught certain key skills that will be incredibly helpful in your specific field. Furthermore, some companies prefer academics for higher positions. Under the aspect of lifelong learning, you mainly invest in yourself and in your professional competences in the future. Plus: studying can be fun - in particular when education (like at the IU) is provided the way you want it to be.
This is what your Social Work studies at the IU look like
In the Social Work degree study programme, you can specialise in specific fields of social work with elective specialisations that are taught in different courses. These include, among others, Social Management, Digital Skills, leadership functions in social institutions, Social Economy and Social Economics or Social Inequality and Diversity. At the same time as your academic degree, you will receive the title "State-recognised social worker" or "State-recognised social pedagogue" if you have successfully completed the Social Work Practice Project (internship).
Outlook for the future: This is what you will do after graduation
Through the combination of profession-specific and transdisciplinary scientific knowledge and the practice-oriented approach, you will receive a degree that will enable you to act in a solution-oriented manner in everyday practice and to be able to make decisions in the interest of all parties involved. With your bachelor’s degree, various doors are open to you, whether in social work institutions, in the public sector, in an outpatient context or with companies or social organisations. And the best thing about it: your job is absolutely crisis-proof.
The most important questions about studying Social Work
Good news: The IU is dispensing completely with a numerus clausus (NC). You don't have to go through an exhausting selection process or get credit for waiting semesters, because none of our degree programmes have a NC. We prefer to talk to you personally and together we can find out where your talents and strengths are. And most importantly, the goals you are pursuing with your studies.
You can study Social Work in the following cities: Aachen, Augsburg, Berlin, Bielefeld, Bochum, Braunschweig, Bremen, Chemnitz, Dortmund, Dresden, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Erfurt, Essen, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Fulda, Hamburg, Hannover, Karlsruhe, Kassel, Köln, Leipzig, Lübeck, Magdeburg, Mainz, Mannheim, Mönchengladbach, München, Münster, Nürnberg, Potsdam, Ravensburg, Regensburg, Rostock, Saarbrücken, Schwerin, Stuttgart, Trier, Ulm, Wuppertal, Würzburg. And of course, at the Virtual Campus, which enables you to study anywhere in Germany.
Yes, we also make that possible at the IU. In addition to the entrance qualification in form of an Abitur or Fachabitur, prospective students without an Abitur also have the opportunity to enter our bachelor’s programme. You can study Social Work without an Abitur if you are a state-certified technician/business economist, have a master craftsman's certificate or have at least two years of vocational training and at least three years of professional experience.
The Bachelor of Social Work takes 36, 48 or 72 months, depending on the time model you choose. If you need more time and semesters for your studies, this is also absolutely no problem.
It is advantageous to have soft skills such as empathy, team spirit, patience, the ability to reflect, the ability to deal with conflict and decisiveness if you want to study social work. You have excellent analytical skills, a great interest in psychological and educational topics as well as psychological resilience and stability. You should be able to adapt quickly to new situations and think critically. As your Social Work university, the IU equips you with sufficient specialist knowledge that you can optimally use later in your professional life. This will help you with legal issues, for example, or give you knowledge about where you can mobilise which resources.
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