FH Kärnten

Social Work

  • BA
  • Full-time, Extra occupational
  • German
  • 6 Semester
  • Feldkirchen
  • 25 Plätze

  • What are the causes of social problems and critical life situations? How do these affect the individual lifestyle?
  • Which factors lead to life becoming more complicated for many people, and to their needing more support and help in everyday life? How can I make communication successful? 
  • How can people of different ages be professionally supported? What offers and help can professional social work provide for disadvantaged target groups?

If you are interested in these questions, then you have come to the right place!
In the Bachelor's program in Social Work you will be prepared to offer professional help to people in critical situations and to work out solutions to problems together with the people concerned.

Did you know that...

... our students are active in the most diverse fields? From child and youth welfare, family work, probation services, street work to working with people in old age - it's all there.

... many students do an internship or spend a semester abroad? Our students work not only within Austria and Europe but also worldwide, for example in Africa or Australia. Our study program has a number of partner universities where a semester abroad is possible as an "out-going" study.

... four creative subjects and five elective modules offer our students the opportunity to deepen their individual interests?

... the practical units are an essential part of the study program? Through the internships, our students learn very early on and in different settings what it means to be a social worker.

... our teachers are involved in (inter)national projects and these experiences are directly incorporated into teaching? Committed students can participate in ongoing projects and contribute ideas. 

Students of the Bachelor's program in Social Work are expected to be able to

  • to perceive social problems openly and reflexively
  • to understand social work as a profession that deals with social problems and emergencies in a theoretically sound way

The bachelor's degree program in Social Work at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences can basically be pursued from any school education with a general university entrance qualification without any relevant previous education, provided that the student is interested and willing to perform.

Graduates of the bachelor's program in Social Work are expected to be able to

  • to recognise and classify social problems as multidimensional (from an ethical, philosophical, legal, political, medical, economic, sociological, psychological perspective),
  • to critically examine the causes of social problems and also to publicly take sides for socially disadvantaged target groups,
  • to include intercultural understanding in the work with migrants in Austria and in international work
  • to understand basic pedagogical, psychological, sociological, political as well as medical-psychiatric contexts
  • to present a profound knowledge of the legal regulations and legal foundations of social work
  • apply their acquired knowledge to diagnose, explain and solve professional problems in professional practice
  • to reflect on their own actions in their encounters with clients.

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted into a bachelor degree program at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences at least one of the following criteria must be fulfilled:

- Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Austrian ‘Matura’ or an equivalent international certificate)
- Higher education (University) entrance examination certification
- Vocational higher education (University) entrance examination
- Vocational (VET) diploma examination (vocational apprenticeship or completion of at least a 3-year vocational secondary school) with additional exams

Moreover, there are degree program specific additional prerequisites as well as more comprehensive information regarding admissions on the individual web pages of the corresponding degree program. The German University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule) entrance qualification certificate is only valid as an admission prerequisite for an Austrian UAS/FH bachelor degree program when combined with an applicable vocational certificate.
Later submission of required documents

Persons in their last year of school may apply for a study place in a bachelor degree program before taking their secondary school-leaving exams by submitting their most current secondary school grade/marks report. The secondary school-leaving certificate must be submitted during the registration process at the beginning of the semester.


Application mode:

Application time:

Appointment for the admissions process:
The written ranking tests will take place online starting in January.

Admission procedure:
Three-stage admission procedure: 1. written ranking test, 2. assessment center, 3. admission interview

Start of studies:

Study information days:
Study counselling: ongoing • FH Days, Campus Days, Info-Sessions - please check the calendar of events on our website

Tuition fee:
363,36 Euro + ÖH Austrian Students Union Fee (about € 20,-, annual adjustment) per semester

Yes, 2 practical phases, credit possible for part-time studies

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