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.

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 fulfill 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
Places available: 40 EU + 3 non-EU
Campus: Brixen-Bressanone
Tuition fees: €1.343,50 per year

Structure of the course

Fundamental subjetcs 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. Walter Lorenz (photo)
Student representative in the Course Council: Ruth Hartmann

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 operate in many areas of social services, in this region and elsewhere. They're working for public or private social services providers, in childcare services, in youth support and family care services, in care for people with disabilities, in elderly care services, in prevention and rehab services for addictions, supporting refugees and migrants and supporting women who have been victims of abuse. A professional graduate qualification in social work is becoming an essential requirement in order to start and manage self-help and community projects.

Once you graduate, you will be able to sit the state examination required to work as a social worker in Italy.

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)

Studying at unibz

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International Applicants (non-EU)

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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. The deadline to apply online is 29 April 2016 (Early Bird session) and 21 July 2016 (late application)
  2. Selection criteria: an average of your grades from the 3rd and 4th year of secondary school (90 points), cover letter (10 points), experience with social work.
  3. The ranking lists will be published by 18 May 2016 (Early Bird session) and 8 August 2016 (late application).

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

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