Study Social Work (B.A.)

Information for prospective students of Social Work (B.A.)

Social Work will enable and support people in difficult situations and help shape their life with help of their own strength and possibly self-determined. How can social participation be made accessible to human beings who are in economic, social and cultural distress? This question is in the center of attention of the degree course Social Work.

Against the background of social change and an increasing change of circumstances due to social disintegration risks making Social Work in the professional everyday life more and more complex. The number of different fields of activity and tasks is constantly growing.



Social Work
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


6 Semester, full-time

ECTS-Credit Points


Program start

Summer and winter semester

Application deadlines

Summer semester: January, 15
Winter semester: July, 15



The studies offer different teaching and learning forms next to seminar-like lectures also project-oriented work in small groups, training in conversations and conflict processing, study and practical reflection, as well as an interdisciplinary case seminar.

The degree course offers:

  • professional education in the fields of social work, law, society and personality (pedagogy, psychology), as well as in society, economics, social state (social sciences)
  • a comprehensive methodological training, which has next to the methods of social work (individual case help, case management, social group work etc.) also including empirical and esthetic-artistic methods.
  • Study and practical foci, in which a 50-day long (accompanied) internship is to be completed and which is complemented by the professional in-depth lectures. The four foci are:
  • the confrontation with cross-cutting issues of social work such as different age groups, gender, ethnical-cultural background, special needs/qualifications and sexual orientation.

The bachelor's degree course Social Work is a profession-qualifying degree, which is completed with the academic degree "Bachelor of Arts". It was accredited by the AHPGS in February 2013. The Bachelor Social Work qualifies – on a scientific basis – for tasks in the entire field of Social Work.

After the completion of the degree course, graduates can complete a probationary year (optionally), which is awarded with the state recognition as a social worker/social pedagogue.


The application deadline for the submission of the admission application ends on January, 15 for the summer semester and July 15, for the winter semester.

If you have missed the regular application deadline, you can still apply later as part of the lottery procedure. All you need to do is send an email to the Office of Student Affairs (studienbuero(at) stating the desired degree program and your full name, address and email address.

Access the academic calendar.

Admission restrictions

The degree course is admission restricted. The study spot placement takes place via local NC procedures.

Additional information

More information here.

It is possible to have extracurricular competencies recognized to a degree course at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences since December 2012. The recognition was anchored in AAEK procedures (German only), which entails two ways of recognition: the individual and the blanket recognition.

AnKE-Recognition procedures

The Recognition procedure AnKE (German only) is a blanket, future-oriented procedure. It allows state recognized educators to have competencies acquired during their vocational training recognized for the bachelor's degree course Social Work at the Frankfurt UAS. Up to 30 ECTS credits can be recognized, which facilitates the path to an academic degree.

Educators, who choose to specialize in education and training can further qualify themselves and return to elementary pedagogy. They can take on a leading position in this field for instance. The choice of another specialization allows educators to further professionalize themselves within the occupational field Social Work. After completing this bachelor's degree course Social Work, the graduates can access any paths of social work. It is also possible to continue studying for a master's degree and thereby receiving the entitlement to undergo a doctorate.

You can find more information on this recognition procedure here (German only).

The degree course is designed for six semesters (or 180 ECTS credits) and entails a total of 24 modules; optionally a one-year long probationary year can be completed afterwards. Studying after 4 p.m. is to the largest extent possible. 30 ECTS shall be attained every semester. A share of the courses is offered in block seminars due to didactic reasons at the beginning and the end of the semester and as an intermediate block.

Further basic information about modules offered in this degree course can be found here:

The degree course includes – between the 3rd and the 5th semester – a 50-day long internship. The internship is prepared by exploration of the practical field and accompanied by a practical reflection. Students can complete a semester abroad or undergo internships abroad during their course of study usually without losing any time. More information on the internship during the course of study in Social Work (B.A.) can be found here Practice unit Social Work.

Graduates usually enter into their career after completing the one-year-long internship and the associated state recognition as a social worker or social pedagogue. Social workers and social pedagogues are mainly employees and at times also employed as civil servants or they work as freelancers. Employers include among others the federal government and federal states, municipalities, regional associations, public bodies, institutions, foundations, charitable organizations, private carriers, businesses. Further information can be found on the page of the Practice unit Social Work.

Social workers and social pedagogues are employed by public institutions, charitable organizations, companies or by people, in order to complete personal services in the fields of consultation, education, training, prevention, organization and HR development, training and representation (care). Social workers and social pedagogues orient themselves towards the interests of society and its institutions.

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