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Social Sciences

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BSc International Social Work

4 years

€2209 pa

Programme profile

Ths programme teaches you how to connect with groups of people. Inspire them towards a better future. You learn to liaise with local and international contacts. Set up projects. Empower individuals and communities. So they can become more self-sufficient.

The heart of this program is fieldwork. Experienced lecturers teach you about the latest social work research. Plus tools and developments. Then take to the field. That’s where you learn to work on complex social issues within a community.

Programme content

Year 1
In your 1st year you learn about all the fundamental theories and techniques needed for international social work. You intern for 1 day a week. Choose from organizations in the Netherlands where you work with a diversity of people, in multicultural settings and, where possible, in international contexts. Your subjects in the 1st year are:

Introduction to Social Work Theory; Psychology & Pedagogy. Theories on Communities; Critical and Ethical Considerations; Target-Group Analysis; Development of Social Participation; Community Development; Contacting Target Groups; Individual and Group Counselling; Creative Skills;Professional Writing Skills; Profiling and Presenting

Year 2
In 2nd year, y
our classroom time reduces and your internship gets more intense. More complex. More responsibility is given to you. You get even more hands-on experience. Under the guidance of seasoned professionals. While working in real communities and situations. In the 2nd semester, you do a 3-month internship. Here you get the opportunity to go abroad. Naturally, an internship abroad involves extra costs. We do our best to minimize the costs, but keep this in mind. You can also choose to do your internship closer to home and stay in the Netherlands. Your subjects in the 2nd year are:

Empowerment in Social Work;
Voluntary and Involuntary Contexts; Psychology & Sociology; Guiding Groups; Network Development; Motivational Interviewing; Social Research; Social Technology; Creative Skills

Year 3
In your 3rd year you pick up a Specialization Program: Community Development & Inclusive Society. Which you undertake next to your internship. Here you lay the groundwork for your own research project. And carry out your own social and participatory action research. On location. Your International Social Work internship prepares you for a global job market. Dive into societies and help them move forward. Maybe you set up a sports program in Brazil. Or use music to improve health and social skills in Uganda.

Year 4
You choose a subject for your minor. This is a semester where you broaden your knowledge. Or gain more in-depth knowledge in a specific area of social work. This is also the year you work on your research project. Here you’re in charge. From idea to research. And from execution to reporting.

Choose a minor in your 3rd or 4th year. Dive into themes like domestic violence. Intercultural work. Or group dynamics. Or strengthen your knowledge in areas like social psychiatry. Creativity development. Or leadership in care and welfare. You can also study abroad in this year.

Entry Requirements

Two A-levels and four GCSEs

Five passes at Leaving Cert (minimum 200 points) OR relevant QQi/FETAC Level 5. Subjects to include Maths.




01 October

15 August