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 studyPart-time (occupation not mandatory)
Length of programme7 semester
Study timesWednesday, 4:40 p.m. - 8:35 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:05 p.m., additional: 2–3 block weeks in each semester (Wednesday to Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.)
Number of credits 180 ECTS
Language of instruction German, 4. semester in English 
Mobility window optional: semester abroad in the 4. semester 
Work placement   
  • Job orientation (100 hours) in the 2. semester,
  • Work placement (500 hours + supervision) spread over the 4., 5. and 6. semester
Academic calendarView the academic calendar
Examination regulations and grading scaleView the examination regulations and grading scale 
Final examination Oral 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 studies End of September
Specific admission requirements General 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 seven semesters of the part-time (occupation not mandatory) 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 of applied sciences in Austria. Studies and research are closely linked at FH Vorarlberg.

The Social Work degree programme supports you already during your studies to have access to research and development. The courses are designed to be closely linked to the field of research in Social and Economic Sciences at FH Vorarlberg.

Contact Social Work part-time BA

Stephanie Pfanner
Advice & Registration — Social Work BA

+43 5572 792 5308

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

+43 5572 792 5311

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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)