Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Bachelor in

Social Education

“I would like to study something that enables me to help others”. It is something that those working in our Advisory Service hear very often. If this is what you want, this study programme as a Social Educator is the right choice.

By attending this course, you will learn the theoretical basis and gain the practical skills required to work in the field of training people, of providing extra-curricular education and helping with social integration. You will work with children, teenagers or adults, with healthy people and those who suffer from illnesses or who have impairments. This study programme welcomes and gives value to the contributions made in different fields of study in order to train you to perform well in this profession. We have focussed on theoretical issues as well as on applied research and methodology.

The fact that the course is taught in three languages helps students develop a higher intercultural sensitivity.

At a glance

Bachelor class: L-19
ECTS credits: 180
Duration of the course: 3 years
Courses will be taught in Italian, German and English
Places available: 50 EU + 4 non-EU
Campus: Brixen-Bressanone
Tuition fees: €1.343,50 per year

Structure of the course

Fundamental disciplines such as Psychology, Sociology, Pedagogy and Anthropology will help you understand human behaviour and contextualise it from a social, economic, political and cultural point of view. You will gain specific skills through seminars centred upon research methodology, working with specific social groups, on how to activate participation and about a critical use of the media.


Degree Course director: Prof. Susanne Elsen (photo)
Student representative in the Course Council: Alex Gatterer

Exchange programmes and internships

We currently offer exchange programmes with more than 30 partner universities all over the world and are part of a large network of collaboration with employers in Italy and abroad where you can undertake your internship. Experienced supervisors monitor and support students during their internship of 200 hours each in their 2nd and 3rd year.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are working as educators with children, young people, adults, the elderly, people with disadvantages and minorities. They also find jobs in organisations that provide social and health care, training, work advice, welfare or that support ex-convicts in their path to finding their place in society again. Other realms social educators can work within are the promotion of healthy lifestyles; multicultural education against racism; therapy for addictions in counselling and social services offered in various institutions.

Well prepared and ready for the job market. On the website of AlmaLaurea you can check statistical data about graduates’ satisfaction and their employability.

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In order to be admitted, you will be required to prove that you have a B2 level of competence in at least two of the three languages in which courses are taught at unibz. If you don't have an official language certification, you can take a language exam at our university.

  1. Online application from 13 March to 28 April 2017 (Early Bird session) and from 18 May to 20 July 2017 (late application).
  2. Selection criteria: cover letter and interview (Early Bird – 8 and 9 May | late application – 26 and 27 July), average of your grades in German, Italian, English and Mathematics of the penultimate year of secondary school, experience in the field of social work.
  3. The ranking lists will be published by 16 May 2017 (Early Bird session) and 4 August 2017 (late application).

Contact us by phone at +390471012100 or fill in the request form.

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