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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.

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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: 30 EU + 4 non-EU
Campus: Brixen-Bressanone
Tuition fees: ca. € 1350 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.

Attendance is not compulsory for lectures and seminars.
Lecturers can vary the examination programmes depending on whether students attend the courses or not.

Students who are unable to attend classes on a regular basis due to work or family commitments can arrange individual supplementary activities with the lecturers.

For laboratories, attendance may be compulsory.
For practical courses, the total number of scheduled hours must be completed.


Degree Course director: Prof. Urban Nothdurfter (Foto)
Student Representative in the Course Council: Sveva Alice Favaro

Exchange programmes and internships

Currently we offer exchange programmes with 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.

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Application and Admission

You can find all you need to know in order to apply and gain admission to this study programme by browsing through the information below.

Early Bird Application

Application: 01/03 - 27/04/2023 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 17/03/2023 (registration: 1-10/03/2023) and 13 - 14 and 17 - 18 - 19/04/2023 (registration: 23/03-03/04/2023)
Admission exam: coming soon
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 16/05/2023
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 25/05/2023 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 12/07 - 25/07/2023 (by noon local time) 

Late Application (only for EU citizens)

Application: 17/05 - 06/07/2023 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 26/06 - 01/07/2023 (registration: 17/05 - 18/06/2023)
Admission exam: coming soon
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 27/07/2023
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 03/08/2023 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 27/07 - 03/08/2023 (by noon local time)

Super Late Application (only for EU citizens)

Application: 20/09 - 29/09/2023 (by noon local time)
Admission exam: coming soon
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 13/10/2023
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 20/10/2023 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: by 20/10/2023 (by noon local time) 

Preparatory courses and Freshers Days

Intensive language courses: 04 - 22/09/2023 (Monday to Friday, 6 h/day)
Freshers Days: 03/10/2023

1st semester

Classes: 02/10 - 23/12/2023
Holidays: 24/12/2023 - 07/01/2024
Classes: 08/01 - 27/01/2024
Exams: 29/01 - 24/02/2024

2nd semester

Classes: 04/03 - 28/03/2024
Holidays: 29/03 - 01/04/2024
Classes: 02/04 - 15/06/2024
Exams: 17/06 -13/07/2024

Autumn session

Exams: 26/08 - 28/09/2024

The Advisory Service provides support regarding your choice of study. In many cases a simple call or a short request is enough to get the relevant information (Tel. +39 0471 012100).

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