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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Bachelor in

Social Work

European societies are going through significant change. The growing gap between the rich and the poor, conflicts between nations and ethnic groups and demographic change are all urgent issues that require targeted solutions by qualified professionals. Social workers, with their specific academic training, are among the most wanted professionals in this era characterised by uncertainty.

Course description

We offer a 3-year study programme that explores the main societal issues of our times: migration, poverty, mental health issues, addiction, disability. You will study these issues in depth and learn the most recent methodologies to tackle them.

You will acquire scientific knowledge and the skills required to fulfil the needs of citizens more effectively and to make a real contribution in addressing the most complex socio-political issues. Speaking German and English, besides Italian - the three languages in which the modules are taught - will enable you to be more sensitive towards cultural and linguistic difference.

At a glance

Bachelor class: L-39
ECTS credits: 180
Duration of the course: 3 years
Courses will be taught in: Italian, German and English (trilingual)
Places available: 40 EU + 4 non-EU
Campus: Brixen-Bressanone
Tuition fees: €1.347,50 per year

Structure of the course

Fundamental subjects like Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy and Anthropology will help you understand individual and social behaviour in various contexts (social, cultural, economic and political). The methodologies of social work offer possible solutions when working with individuals, families and groups to help them solve the issues of exclusion, discrimination or conflict they are affected by.

The peculiarity of this degree course is an academic board made up of people who have developed experience on an international level.


Degree Course director: Prof. Susanne Ursula Elsen (Foto)
Student Representative in the Course Council: Wafaa Abidoune

Exchange programmes and internships

Currently we offer exchange programmes with more than 30 partner universities all over the world and we are part of a large network of collaboration with employers in Italy and abroad where you can undertake your internship. You will need to undertake two compulsory internships lasting a minimum of 350 hours each.

Career opportunities

Our graduates work in organisations of social support for children, young people and families, for seniors, for people with disabilities or with substance dependency, for refugees and migrants as well as for people at risk of marginalisation. Important are also fields like women shelters, prevention of violence and dependency, rehabilitation and resocialisation, areas of social economy and social planning. More and more opportunities are opening up in the professional accompaniment of self-help initiatives, community projects and other voluntary initiatives.

Our graduates find work in public social and health services, in social cooperatives and other institutions of non-governmental social services, in associations promoting advocacy and in public administrations.

The degree counts as preparation for the state accreditation exam which in Italy is the pre-condition for professional registration.

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

go to the survey (in Italian)


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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.

Selection Criteria
Cover letter and interview , average of your grades in German, Italian, English and Mathematics of the penultimate year of secondary school, experience in the field of social work.

Online Application
Early Bird - for EU and non-EU citizens: 1 March - 26 April 2019, noon
Late Application - for EU citizens only: 20 May - 11 July 2019, noon

Admission Exam
Early Bird - for EU and non-EU citizens: 10 May 2019
Late Application - for EU citizens only: 23 July 2019
Please note: applicants will be informed via email about the exact time and place of the exam.

Publication Ranking Lists
Early Bird: by 17 May 2019
Late Application: by 30 July 2019

You can find all the information you need about the documentation required for the application in the Study Manifesto. 

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

The Faculty offers consultancy sessions for the recognition of exams of your previous degree. Further information in German  and Italian.

Ranking list

Study manifesto

Regulations (only in Italian and German)

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