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 master’s degree programme in Social Work requires the following qualifications or abilities:

  • bachelor’s degree programme or diploma in social work or social education or
  • Degree obtained from at least a 3-year programme at the Academy for Social Work (admission without, or conditional upon, examination by course management)

  • completion of equivalent studies (social or human sciences)

attended for at least 180 ECTS at a recognised post-secondary educational institution, at which an admission requirement is the general university entrance qualification and which are recognised as educational institutions in the meaning of this definition by the laws of the country in which they are located. For the basic equivalence, at least 150 ECTS credits must have been completed at a recognised or accredited university. An exception applies to admission via a degree obtained from at least a 3-year programme at the Academy for Social Work (180 ECTS) in conjunction with relevant professional experience.


The access requirements are based on the areas of competence of the bachelor’s degree in Social Work: practice, methods, fields of action, academic principles, research and international social work. 

Do you have a degree in social science or humanities?

If you have a bachelor’s degree in social science or humanities, we will consider your skills in line with the stated fields of competence. In the case of relevant professional experience in a field of social work of at least 1,500 hours, you will be granted unconditional admission to studies. This professional experience must be substantiated by means of an employment reference or certificate uploaded during the online application process. In individual cases, course management will decide on the relevance of your professional experience and on your background knowledge.

Do you lack the required professional experience?

Admission is also possible in these cases. However, course management may set specific conditions (e.g. participation in additional relevant classes). If you are unable to provide any or sufficient evidence of your skills, FH Vorarlberg or Schloss Hofen, Wissenschaft und Weiterbildung offers recognised further training programmes on relevant topics.

Detailed information
about the admission requirements including language policy: Apply now.  

Language level competence

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

The decision about relevance or equivalence and hence approval for admission is made by the programme director.

Specific arrangements for the recognition of prior learning

General arrangements

Specific arrangements:

Proven academic achievements at a university at the master's level may be credited on a case-by-case basis for individual courses or modules. The approval decision is made by the programme director after consultation with the relevant teaching staff.

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.

If the verification has shown the authenticity and accuracy of the documents and you meet the admission requirements, the deposit will be refunded to you. Bank charges and fees are at your expense. Please provide us with the bank details (bank, account owner, BIC, IBAN) to which the refund should be made, otherwise the transfer can be made back to the account from which the amount was transferred.

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 may vary by country of origin. We recommend that you inform yourself as soon as possible.

Contact Social Work MA

Astrid Hirschauer
Advice & Registration — Social Work MA

+43 5572 792 5300

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Dipl. Sozialarbeiterin Uta Skowranek
Programme Director Master`s Degree Social Work Management Bachelor`s Degree Social Work

+43 5572 792 5310

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