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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Bachelor in

Social Education

"I want to do something with people" is a sentence we often hear at our Infopoint. If you want to promote your fellow human beings, help them, advise and support them, but also if you want to have an impact on society and achieve social developments, especially for and with disadvantaged people, then social education is the right choice for you. 

Course description

In this bachelor programme, you will acquire theoretical foundations and practical skills to work in socio-educational fields of action with children or adults, with healthy people, with people with special needs and abilities. You will acquire scientific knowledge and skills in the fields of extracurricular education and social integration as well as in the field of community work, social economy and socioculture.  

The focus of this interdisciplinary programme is on theoretical issues, practice-relevant research and development, methods for dealing professionally with social problems as well as topics of education and lifelong learning. Interdisciplinary key qualifications, such as intercultural skills, are another important component. 

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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: ca. €1350 per year

Structure of the course

The core subjects of psychology, sociology, pedagogy and anthropology help you to understand human behaviour in a social, economic, political and cultural context. You will acquire application-related skills in seminars on research methods, on working with specific target groups, on designing activation and participation processes, and on critical media use. 


Degree Course director: Prof. Monica Adriana Parricchi (photo)
Student Representative in the Course Council: Marie-Sophie Koch

Peer tutoring

First-year students will be supported through a personalised tutoring aimed at welcoming them and guiding them in their educational path. Each student will be assigned to a peer tutor, who, for example, will assist them in organising their study activities, in choosing courses to attend or with general questions about student life at unibz.

Exchange programmes and internships

We currently offer exchange programmes with 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 work with children, young people, adults and the elderly as well as with people with disabilities and social minority groups. They work in outpatient and inpatient care in the social, educational and health care system. They work in the fields of labour integration, justice or the social economy. The fields of health promotion and school social education, intercultural and anti-racism work, equal opportunities, facilities for the treatment of addictive disorders as well as psychosocial and socio-cultural services are also fields of social pedagogical activity. 

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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Campus Tours

You can book a tour of the Bozen-Bolzano campus with one of our Student Ambassadors and have the chance to visit unibz and get a glimpse of your future student life. Visits are available every working day (except university closures), Monday to Friday, from 15 July to 30 August 2024.

If you are interested in visiting the Brixen-Bressanone campus (where this study programme takes place), please send an email to to organise a tour.

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 - 07/05/2024 (by noon local time)
Language exams (online): 18/03/2024 (registration: 01 - 10/03/2024) and 17 - 18 - 19 and 22 - 23/04/2024 (registration: 25/03 - 09/04/2024)
Admission exam: 15/05/2024
Publication of ranking lists: by 28/05/2024
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 06/06/2024 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: from 12/07 - 06/08/2024 (by noon local time) 

Late Application (only for EU citizens)

Application: 29/05 - 10/07/2024 (by noon local time)
Language exams (online): 24 - 29/06/2024 (registration: 29/05 - 16/06/2024)
Admission exam: 18/07/2024
Publication of ranking lists: by 30/07/2024
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 06/08/2024 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: from publication of the ranking list until 06/08/2024 (by noon local time) 

Additional Application Session (only for EU citizens)

The Faculty can open additional application sessions for single study programmes in August and in September if there are available spaces. More information on additional sessions will be published in due course.

Preparatory courses and Freshers Days

Intensive language courses: 02 - 20/09/2024 (Monday to Friday, 6 h/day)
Freshers Days:  01- 02/10/2024

1st semester

Classes: 30/09 - 23/12/2024
Holidays: 24/12/2024 - 06/01/2025
Classes: 07/01 - 25/01/2025
Exams: 27/01 - 15/02/2025

2nd semester

Classes: 03/03 - 17/04/2025
Holidays: 18- 21/04/2025
Classes: 22/04 - 14/06/2025
Exams: 16/06 - 12/07/2025

Autumn session

Exams: 25/08 - 27/09/2025

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).