Bachelor of Arts ­International Social Work­

Our Bachelor’s International Social Work (ISW) program offers students the expertise to become social workers without borders. Placing emphasis on our global interconnectedness, students get a chance to explore local social problems from global perspectives, while also appreciating their local context. Our students learn to connect and empower individuals, groups and communities. We address current social issues, such as migration and refugees, sustainability, child protection, human rights and social development.

Why should you choose this study program?

You believe in social justice, enjoy problem-solving, are compassionate and adventurous, you are interested in new cultures, and see yourself, at some point, working outside your home country?
If some of these apply to you, send us your application!

International Learning and Living Community

  • Students and lecturers from over 40 different countries
  • Small classes
  • Lecturers that offer personal coaching and mentoring
  • International, green and eco-friendly campus
  • Various religious and spiritual activities offered on campus

Application period  for full-time studies

Intakes only in winter term:

Applicants who need visa:
December 1 to March 31

Applicants who do not need visa:
December 1 to July 31

term dates:

winter term: 01 October – 28 February

summer term: 01 March – 30 September

Length of the program

Full-time studies: 3 years / 6 semesters

Study options

Full-time studies


Bachelor of Arts in International Social Work
(180 ECTS)




  • Registration fee: 380 €
  • Down payment: 500 €
  • Tuition fee: 2671 €/semester

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Regulations and Module Handbooks

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First Year

Introductory modules lay the foundation for understanding the field of International Social Work, establishing both theoretical and practical bases for academic and professional success.

The first year introduces you to International Social Work and provides a sociological perspective on society, its inequalities, and contemporary social problems. You will learn academic writing, improve your rhetoric skills, and reflect on the role of ethics, values, and religion.

Second Year

In the second year, you build upon the foundation and delve deeper into contemporary social issues and intervention approaches. You explore the tools and methods that social workers use, along with social research methods. Additionally, you enhance your communication skills and focus on topics such as migration, development, human rights.

Third Year

The third year starts with a 4-month internship abroad, offering practical experience in international social work. Here you can apply your existing knowledge and learn from professionals in a new context. The Bachelor’s Thesis provides an opportunity to demonstrate your analytical skills or implement a small research project. In addition to these, elective modules enable you to further explore topics of personal interest.

The Module Handbook gives a detailed overview of the program of study.

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Study Specific Regulations

Effective from January 01, 2024



General Study and Examination Regulations

Effective from October 1, 2023

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Gültig ab dem 01. Oktober 2023

Multiple Career prospects

Our graduates are prepared to work in local and international job positions that require a professional understanding of social problems. They have the skills and abilities to manage social processes and support individuals, groups, and communities. Graduates may work within government, nongovernment or multilateral social protection and development institutions. They may also work in the private sector to support and facilitate employee welfare, or continue their studies within a Master's degree program.
Our program considers current and emerging needs in the field of Social Work. You prepare for a career in a field of growing relevance. You get international exposure, hands-on practice and social research experience; develop innovative problem-solving and project management skills. You have access to our global network of international partners for a semester abroad.

Fields of work

  • Children, Youth, Adult and Elderly Social Work in culturally diverse settings
  • Community Development
  • Social Work in refugee contexts
  • International Development
  • Disaster Response Programs
  • Environmental Social Work
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Management in the private sector


Dr. phil. Annette Witherspoon

M.A. International Social Sciences
Program Director B.A. International Social Work (EN)

Telephone: +49 (0) 39291-137
Fax: +49 (0) 39291-201

An der Ihle 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Dr. phil. Friedegard Föltz

Diplom-Sozialpädagogin (graduate social worker)
Lecturer of Social Pedagogy | School of Social Sciences
Program Director B.A. Social Work
Head of Internship Office | Erasmus+ Coordinator | Confidential Contact

Telephone: +49 (0) 3921 916-189
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201

An der Ihle 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Prof. Dr. phil. Dr. rer. medic. Silvia Hedenigg

Professor Social Work | Working focus:
Health Sciences and Caring Economics

Telephone: +49 (0) 3921 916-144
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201

An der Ihre 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Prof. Dr. phil. Thomas Spiegler

Professor of Sociology and Empirical Social Research | School of Social Sciences
Dean | School of Social Sciences

Telephone: +49 (0) 3921 916-202
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201

An der Ihre 5 B
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Ulrike Schultz

Professor of Development Sociology and Economics | School of Social Sciences
Program Director M.A. International Social Sciences (Development Studies)
Vice Dean | School of Social Sciences

Telephone: +49 (0) 3921 916-193
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201

An der Ihle 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Prof. Daniel Bendix

Ph.D. (University of Manchester, UK)
Professor of Global Development | School of Social Sciences

Telephone: +49 (0) 3921 916-203
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201

An der Ihle 5 A
D-39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Dr. phil. Jill Philine Blau

Head of Program | Development Studies – Online for Professionals

Telephone: +49 (0) 3921 916-153
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201

An der Ihle 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Dr. Kwaku Arhin-Sam

Ph.D., M.A., B.Ed.
Director | Friedensau Institute for Evaluation
Lecturer | School of Social Sciences

Telephone: +49 (0) 3921-916-144
Fax: +49 (0) 39291-201

An der Ihle 5A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau


Icon PlusUniversity Entrance Qualification

For studying the Bachelor’s program, a University entrance qualification is required.

  • Applicants from Germany are qualified with an “Abitur” or “Fachgebundene Hochschulreife”. Applicants without Abitur, but who have successfully completed a vocational training can be admitted under certain conditions via an assessment examination or two semesters of trial studying. For details see §3 in the program specific study regulations.
  • Applicants from the EU or Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland are qualified with a university entrance qualification that gives access to University studies in their country.
  • Applicants from other countries can check in the official database of the DAAD if their educational degree qualifies for studying a B.A. in Germany.
  • See DAAD Database

Please note: The University signs study contracts for this Bachelor’s program only with applicants who are at least 18 years old.

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Applicants must provide proof of their proficiency in English at the B2 level (CEFR). The following proofs are accepted:

  • The specified minimum English language tests scores from

- TOEFL iBT: 72

- IELTS test: 5.5

- Cambridge English Tests: Total score 160

- TOIC: 785 listening and reading, 310 speaking and writing

  • A university entrance qualification (e.g. secondary school diploma and certificate) or higher education degree (e.g. bachelors) with English as the language of instruction.
  • German Abitur certificate with a minimum average of 10 points in English over the last 4 semesters before obtaining the Abitur.
  • Upon written request, in individual cases, the examination committee may accept other forms of proof.

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  • Applicants who need a student visa to come to Germany have to open a block account and pay in the minimum amount of money (in 2024: 11208 Euro). They can withdraw from this account each month a twelfth (934 Euro) for their living and study expenses.
  • See Website of the Federal Foreign Office
  • An alternative to a block account is a letter of obligation (“Verpflichtungserklärung”): A family member or friend who already lives in Germany can declare to be financially responsible for you while you study in Germany (if the conditions for this are fulfilled).

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  1. Check academic and financial requirements for admission
  2. Start online application and upload required documents
  3. Submit a completed online application
  4. Check for confirmation email
  5. Receive an admission decision
  6. Make an appointment at the embassy if you need a student visa
  7. Pay tuition fees and deposits
  8. Receive an admission letter and other documents for the embassy
  9. Apply for visa (if applicable)
  10. Arrive on Campus

Semester Abroad & Internship

In the 5th semester, students of our Bachelors International Social Work program are required to do a semester abroad. The semester abroad, gives students the opportunity to do courses at a partner University and get involved in professional international social work practice.

Students build personal and professional confidence and an appreciation for the diverse realities of others, acquire international travel experience, expand social networks and have fun.

We support our students to organize their semester abroad, including guidance for selecting a suitable country and internship placement, and facilitating visa applications through our partner institution.

Currently we offer placements in Tanzania, Liberia, Indonesia, Nigeria, Iraqi Kurdistan, South Sudan, Jamaica and Serbia.

We are working to expand the range of options.

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We are happy to advise you!

… on study programs
… on the registration
… on the finances
… or general?

If you want to apply for this program, please contact the Head of study program International Social Work

Dr. phil. Annette Witherspoon

Telephone: +49 (0) 39291-137