Specific admission requirements

Please note: The official language of instruction for all degree programmes at FH Vorarlberg is German. A few courses are also offered in English.

The bachelor's degree programme in Social Work at Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (FH Vorarlberg) is a university degree programme and the following qualifications and skills are prerequisites to admission:

  • General university entrance qualification:
    • Austrian secondary-school leaving certificate ("Reifeprüfungszeugnis") or certificate of the TVE Diploma Examination for leavers of the apprenticeship training and VET schools (“Berufsreifeprüfungszeugnis”) or
    • University entrance qualification certificate for the respective University of Applied Sciences degree programme (“Studienberechtigungsprüfung”) or
    • An equivalent certificate from another country (e.g. Abitur) or
    • Proof of successful completion of at least three years' study at a recognized domestic or foreign post-secondary education institution or 
  • Relevant professional qualifications:
    • Completion of school and apprenticeship with additional examinations for Social Work or
    • Completion of secondary education vocational school with additional examinations for Social Work or
    • German university of applied sciences entrance qualification with additional examinations for Social Work. 

Relevant practical experience in specific areas of social work (e.g. through a year of voluntary social services or voluntary work in a social facility) or other prior professional experience before beginning studies is always an advantage.

Detailed information

about the admission requirements including language policy: Apply now.

All applicants for a regular degree programme are required to have a language level competence of at least B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) in German and English.

Specific arrangements for the recognition of prior learning

General arrangements

Specific arrangements:

In certain courses throughout the programme, you can be credited for previous academic achievements on a case-by-case basis. This also applies to achievements that have been completed at a recognised university of applied sciences or other university. The equivalence of the skills acquired with the requirements profile in terms of content and extent of the courses which you are applying to be exempt from is reviewed upon application. If equivalence is determined, successfully completed examinations will be accepted. A knowledge examination is not needed in such cases. For more details, please contact the degree programme director.

International documents

Regulations for applicants with international certificates/documents

Proof of higher education at an institution in another country need to be legalised. Guidelines for legalisation and translation can be found under International.

For third-party states (outside of the EU and the EEA, with the exception of Switzerland), the following applies:

If you have submitted documents to Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (FH Vorarlberg) and there is any doubt about the authenticity of these or the documents are not sufficient for a decision to be made about whether the entrance requirements are met, FH Vorarlberg reserves the right to charge a deposit of EUR 250.00.

This deposit will be refunded if checks prove the authenticity and accuracy of the documents and you are accepted for study, you accept the offered place, enroll in our program and start your study at our university.

It may also be necessary for you to send the original documents (or certified copies of these) to FH Vorarlberg before you will be included in the admission procedure. It is therefore in your interests to apply early.

Important for applicants from third-party states (outside of the EU and the EEA, with the exception of Switzerland): the final application date is March 1st! The duration for applying and obtaining a visa and/or residence permit my vary by country of origin. We recommend that you inform yourself as soon as possible.

Do you need further advice? We are pleased to answer your questions and give you further information personally.

Service Hours:
Full-time programme: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
(or individual appointment)

Part-time programme: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Wednesday 2:00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
(or individual appointment)