Information about the degree programme

Name of degree programmeSocial Work
Level of qualification according to the National Qualification Framework and the European Qualifications FrameworkBachelor (1. cycle)
Qualification awardedBachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, BA
Field of study (ISCED-F Code)0923 - Social work and counselling
Mode of studyFull-time
Length of programme6 semester
Study timesMonday to Friday (subject to exceptions)
Number of credits180 ECTS
Language of instructionGerman, 4. semester in English
Mobility windowoptional: semester abroad in the 4. semester
Work placement 
  • Job orientation (100 hours) in the 2. semester,
  • Work placement (600 hours + supervision) in the 5. semester
Academic calendarView the academic calendar
Examination regulations and grading scaleView the examination regulations and grading scale
Final examinationOral bachelor's examination
  • no tuition fees
  • student union fee Euro 21,20/semester
  • approximately 400 Euros for special courses (e.g. the Biography Seminar in semester 1, excursions or self-exploration work etc.)
Commencing studiesEnd of September
Specific admission requirementsGeneral university entrance qualification or equivalent qualification (for details view the specific admission requirements)
ApplicationApply now - deadline for application for the winter semester: 15. May

What does the degree programme Social Work have to offer?

There is a balanced combination of theory and practice throughout the six semesters of the full-time study programme. Self-directed, experiential, cooperative and problem-oriented learning and corresponding teaching and learning methods, including project work, case studies, roll playing and simulation games, exercises, coaching, excursions, academic work e-learning, supervision and biographical work are all aspects that are brought to use.

Through select areas of activity and case examples, you acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes that clarify the typical, the legitimate and the comprehensive interconnections of social work.

Your degree programme has an international orientation: guest students from partner universities around the world, the opportunity to complete a semester in an institution in another country, short term study programmes and more are available to help you acquire intercultural competences. English in integrated as a language of instruction.

Intensive communication between teaching staff and students and enhanced cooperation among students are important factors that support your ability to criticise, reflect and argue.

The degree contents are aimed widely, qualifying you for a career in any of the classical fields in social work. As a graduate, you are able to meet the challenges of a wide range of areas and are qualified for professional prevention, mitigation and solution of social issues.

Collaboration with research

Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (FH Vorarlberg) is one of the most research-intensive universities of applied sciences in Austria. Studies and research are closely linked at FH Vorarlberg.

Contact Social Work full-time BA

Miryam Draizi, BSc
Advice & Registration — Social Work BA, fulltime

+43 5572 792 5302


Dipl. Soz. Arb. (FH) Viktoria Reuschel-Richter
Programme Director Social Work BA, Lecturer

+43 5572 792 5311

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