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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.

Course description

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 (trilingual)
Places available: 35 EU + 4 non-EU
Campus: Brixen-Bressanone
Tuition fees: €1.347,50 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: Sara Fontanot

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.

go to the survey (in Italian)

Nadia Vicari

KiSo project manager, Jugenddienst, Bozen-Bolzano

Dreisprachig studieren zu können spielte eine bedeutende Rolle bei meiner Studienwahl.  Das internationale Klima und die Sprachenvielfalt kennzeichnen die unibz und haben mich während meines ganzen Studiums begleitet. Dies gab mir die einzigartige Möglichkeit nicht nur meine Fremdsprachenkompetenzen zu vertiefen, sondern diese auch in meinem Fachstudium und im Alltag zu nutzen.


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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: 9 May 2019
Late Application - for EU citizens only: 22 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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