International Teaching Activities

The following members of SocNet98 are offering international seminars and workshops in English language and open them up for incoming students. On this page, an overview about these courses can be found.

Bournemouth University, United Kingdom (England)

Units for ERASMUS students:

BA (Hons) Social Work, Year 1 semester 1 (September to February each year)

– Social Exclusion & Discrimination, 10 ECTS
– Personal & Professional Development, 10 ECTS
– Law & Social Policy, 10 ECTS

Sociology/Social Policy, Year 2 semester 1 (September to February each year)

Culture and society, 10 ECTS
Urban and Rural communities in Britain, 10 ECTS
History of Social Welfare, 10 ECTS

City University of Applied Sciences Bremen, School of Social Work, Germany

We have created an international study module in English language that can be studied as a four day block seminar (3 ECTS) or a four day block seminar with further activities (6 ECTS) in Bremen. The module currently offered in two thematic versions: a) Seminar: “Human Rights and Diversity their relevance for different fields of work” or b) Seminar: “Quality of life and well-being from the perspective of the social sciences”.

a) Seminar: “Human Rights and Diversity their relevance for different fields of work”

The module consists of a three day block seminar which will take place between 15 and 17 March 2018 (9.45 a.m.-5.15 p.m.), this part provides 3 ECTS.

Optionally, the block module can be enhanced with further seminar units on Thursday afternoons (22 March, 12 and 26 April, and 17, 24, and 31 May, and 7 June, each day between 2 p.m. and 5.15. pm).

For incoming students we can provide the following options for participation:

  • a) in all units and to receive 6 ECTS
  • b) in only the block units (2-5 March) and to receive 3 ECTS
  • c) in the block units (2-5 March) plus to submit a written essay about one theory/approach of choice and to receive 6 ECTS (The essay needs to be delivered until April 27th, 6 weeks after the seminar in English language, expected length: 1 person: 5 pages, 2 persons: 8 pages, 3 persons 10 pages. This length has been shortened because of the obvious further demands to write in English)

For further details for 2018 please click here

b) Seminar: “Quality of life and well-being from the perspective of the social sciences”
This seminar was last offered in March 2015 and follows the title: “Quality of life and well-being from the perspective of the social sciences”. For further details please refer to the attachment (click on the picture underneath):


The module consists of a four day block seminar which will take place between 2 and 5 March 2015 (9.45a.m.-5.15 p.m.), this part provides 3 ECTS.

Optionally, the block module can be enhanced with further seminar units on Thursday afternoons (19 and 26 March, 16, 23 and 30 April and 07 and 21 May).

For incoming students we can provide the following options for participation:

  • a) in all units and to receive 6 ECTS
  • b) in only the block units (2-5 March) and to receive 3 ECTS
  • c) in the block units (2-5 March) plus to submit a written essay about one theory/approach of choice and to receive 6 ECTS (The essay needs to be delivered until April 27th, 6 weeks after the seminar in English language, expected length: 1 person: 5 pages, 2 persons: 8 pages, 3 persons 10 pages. This length has been shortened because of the obvious further demands to write in English)

Ernst-Abbe University of Applied Sciences Jena, Department of Social Work, Germany

English and international studies at the EAH Jena

The EAH offers more than 30 BA and MA courses of studies, like Business Administration, Biotechnology and Medical Engineering, Business, Environmental, Industrial, Optometry, Electrical and Mechanical, Precision Engineering and, of course, Social Work and Social Science Studies. The School of Social Sciences and Social Work offers both, a BA as well as MA in Social Work for full-time students and a BA- and MA program in Nursing/Health Management for part-time students. With exception to the course program within the International University Week which is held every second or third year in Jena) and some courses within the Erasmus exchange program all courses (also the courses with focus on international aspects) at the EAH are taught in German.
Therefore (except of Erasmus students) international students admitted directly in the course program need to show a German language proficiency (German language certificate DSH scores 2 or 3 rsp. TestDaf scores 4 or 5). Even Erasmus students do not need an official German language certificate yet, we recommend at least basic knowledge of the German language.

All foreign students who are accepted as incoming students (whether Erasmus or other) can follow special German language courses at the EAH, however these courses are only for support but do not officially prepare for the German language examination DSH- or TestDaF-e. For further information please follow

Prior to admittance to the EAH we do not offer language courses at our institution, but there are a few that you can choose in Jena. One is at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena ( and one is at the Institute for International Communication:: For further information you may also follow:

With regard to our international program, we would like you to point to

The information for incoming international students can be found on

Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen, the Netherlands

The Faculty of Social work offers for full-time students both, a BA as well as MA in Social Work and, for part-time students a BA- and MA program in Nursing/Health Management within a distance learning program. The English part of our website can be found at:

Our international brochures can be downloaded here:

a) Our 30 ECTS Study program: “Human Rights Interdisciplinary (HRI)

Starting 2019, offered once a year in September (calendar weeks 36 to 51).

This exchange program is a 30 ECTS English taught course at Hanze University Groningen. It offers the opportunity to shape and apply your education around the central project Human Rights in Practice (10 ECTS) in which you can pursue your personal interests: explore those issues and cases that genuinely inspire you! All of this can be done individually or in small groups together with fellow students.

The course is designed in accordance with the many different issues and areas in which Human Rights matters are currently at stake. Therefore, you will learn to recognize how Human Rights are closely connected to professional practices such as Social Work, International Law, Economics as well as the (para) medical professions.

Find out more at:

b) The Hanze Summer School

We offer a variety of summer courses, ranging from business, communication, and health, to the history of Camp Westerbork. All of our courses are designed to provide knowledge and insights that will benefit your future career. As a university of applied sciences, we focus on academic knowledge and its practical application. Find out more about the Hanze Summer Schools at:

Get to know more about Groningen online: The International Student Guide to Groningen is a ten-episode online series introducing the vibrant student life in Groningen. This episode is a brief introduction to the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen (Hanze UAS):

HUMAK University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Currently, we are offering two international teaching formats in English language: One bachelor level Degree Programme (210 ECTS) and one Course (30 ECTS).

1. Community Educator, Bachelor of Humanities, 210 ECTS in Adventure and Outdoor Education

Degree programme provided in English. The community educator studies train specialists in adventure and outdoor education. Adventure and outdoor education is based on experiential and activity-based learning methodology and aims at supporting the growth, development, wellbeing and agency of individuals, groups and communities.
As the basis of the studies is a multidisciplinary theoretical framework, which is put into practice in versatile authentic learning environments, such as lakes, the sea, forests, and in the fells and wilderness of Lapland. During the studies, students learn to plan and carry out safe adventure educational processes for different target groups and to evaluate and develop adventure educational activities.
The degree programme for community educators provides students with a wide range of skills for employment as a professional in the diverse area of adventure and outdoor education. After graduation, students have multiple employment opportunities within the different sectors of national and international working environments. Community educators with adventure educational orientation can be employed e.g. in the field of youth work, organizational work, education and training, wellbeing services, or nature- and adventure-based entrepreneurship.

Theory Put Into Practice
From the beginning of the studies the theoretical framework of adventure and outdoor education will be put into practice through different kinds of activities and excursions, e.g. hikes and treks, kayak tours, summer and winter camps, and Nordic winter activities. Through experiential and activity-based processes the students will learn how to plan, organize, implement and evaluate safe adventure and outdoor activities for different target groups in different environments and under various circumstances.
During the studies, the students will learn multiple new skills, especially pedagogical, leadership, social, environmental, technical and safety skills. The studies for community educators will also cover areas such as the Nordic welfare system, preventive work, equality, diversity, and entrepreneurship.

Study Structure
The studies are full-time day studies, including summer semesters. At least 30 ECTS will be conducted as supervised internships either in Finland or abroad. The students study and work history will be taken into account (= recognition of prior learning) in their individual study plans.

Next application period: Joint application January 2020

More information:

Anita Saaranen-Kauppinen
Email: anita.saaranen-kauppinen(at)
Telephone:+358 (0) 400 349 224

Jussi Muittari
Email: jussi.muittari(at)

2. Expertice in NGO and Youth Work (30 ECTS)

25.2-27.5.2020, Application deadline 31.11.2019

This Erasmus exchange course is designed for students studying youth, community, NGO or social work. The content is also suitable for students studying education. The course is suitable for second and third year students.

Module 1: Community Educators as NGO and Youth Work Experts 5 ECTS

Intended learning outcomes, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the history, evolution and current state of youth work
  • recognise community educators’ tasks in preventive work and wellbeing promotion for children and young people
  • demonstrate an understanding of the evolution and current state of citizen action and NGO action
  • recognise the third sector’s role in society
  • demonstrate knowledge of key legislation that governs youth and NGO work.

Contents: The course develops a knowledge base for community educators’ professional practice in various settings and networks of NGO and youth work.

Module 2: Participatory Pedagogy 5 ECTS

Intended learning outcomes, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of different conceptions of learning and their role inpedagogical choices
  • apply various pedagogical methods with different target groups and goals
  • recognise the role of appreciative interaction in educational activities
  • identify the basic principles of social pedagogy and sociocultural engagement andtheir possible applications
  • utilise the socio-dynamic approach in educational activities
  • recognise the role of thinking, will, motivation and emotions in learning and change.

Contents: Pedagogical and socio-pedagogical competence is examined as a special competence of community educators. Students gain experience in the application of participatory and action based methods in their chosen work environment. During the course, students can focus on special education, socio-pedagogical activities or multicultural guidance according to their choice

Module 3: Promotion of Agency 5 ECTS

Intended learning outcomes, students will be able to:

  • recognise different methods of investigating and explaining an individual’s actions
  • use key concepts related to agency and the promotion of social engagement
  • demonstrate an understanding of the role of the promotion of social engagement
  • recognise the role, starting points and potential applications of the preventive workapproach in various community education settings
  • demonstrate a command of at least one work method that promotes individuals’ wellbeing, social engagement and agency in NGO and youth work.

Contents: The course has a special focus on the psychological and socio-psychological approach to the promotion of individual action, agency and wellbeing.  Social and cultural factors are taken into account. Key concepts include subjectivity, social engagement, agency, preventive work and (mental) wellbeing. Students are introduced to a preventive work method or RDI project aimed at the social empowerment of individuals and the promotion of social engagement, functional ability, (mental) wellbeing and employability.

Module 4: Welfare Services 5 ECTS

Intended learning outcomes, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of welfare as a social concept and recognise the associated factors
  • recognise the roles of different sectors and welfare service providers as part of society’s service structures
  • demonstrate knowledge of outsourcing and service agreement practices and apply key legislation
  • demonstrate a developed understanding of changes in social and service structures.

Contents: Students are introduced to the current state and background of the Finnish welfare model, welfare services provided by different sectors, and the service provision process. Students learn about the contract procedure and contract law in the context of service provision.

Module 5: Human Rights and Diversity 5 ECTS

Intended learning outcomes, students will be able to:

  • recognise the relevance of respect for human rights and a democratic value base as the foundation of professional thinking and practice
  • identify a range of factors that define “self” and “other”
  • professionally evaluate and recognise their personal relationships with diversity
  • describe culture and gender sensitive work approaches
  • take into account the special characteristics of different individuals and groups in their practice
  • promote physical, psychological, social and linguistic accessibility.

Contents: Students strengthen their knowledge of the value base and ethics of community educators’ professional practice. Diversity is examined at the individual and community level to give students broad based capabilities for professional self reflection and encountering diversity in a sensitive and resource based manner.

Module 6: Internship 5 ECTS

Practical training can be completed as a number of periods or as one extended placement. It is recommended that at least part of the practical training module is completed in a multicultural and international setting in Finland or abroad in order to develop and support students’ international competence. Each student will have a development discussion with the coach to determine the objectives for the practical training in relation to the community educators’ competencies and professional development objectives. Contact coaching and/or online coaching is provided to support the reflection of the placement experiences. The knowledge base is provided by course materials from previously completed courses

Competence demonstrations and inquiry based knowledge building are connected with assignments carried out in a workplace/RDI project. For students following a blended learning programme, competencies acquired as part of suitable work duties or voluntary activity are taken into consideration in the practical training.

Intended learning outcomes: Students will be able to

  • develop pedagogical, community, societal and international competencies in authentic workplace environments or project work
  • reflect on practical work methods and learning with evidence of inquiry based knowledge building
  • plan and implement demonstrations of developed professional competence
  • evaluate the development of their professional competence in relation to set goals (for practical training periods) and the competencies of community educators.

Contents: RDI/workplace based practical training and coaching can include e.g. the following tasks chosen by students on the basis of their development plans:

  • planning, implementation and evaluation of activities, events or seminars in NGO and youth work
  • preventive mental health and substance abuse work in NGO and youth work
  • gender or culturally sensitive work
  • work involving integration promotion
  • work relating to special education or child protection
  • application of educational and action based methods in various work environments of community educators
  • training, guidance, advice and coaching, including support person activity
  • communication and advocacy work, development of communication modes and channels, and the development of marketing competence in various work environments/networks of community educator.
  • experimental development of new forms of work or operating models in NGO and youth work
  • coordination or development of voluntary or peer activities

Erasmus Coordinator
Timo Sorvoja
tel. +358 50 411 9578

PXL University College of Applied Sciences and Arts, Belgium

New international programm of 30 ECTS taught in English for exchange students

Find out more about this international exchange course programme here.

Other international courses at PXL:

– Courses in social work (SW) and personnel management (PM)
– International classroom social work (SW) and personnel management (PM)

You will find more information on al our international courses at:

University College Leuven, School of Social Work, Belgium

We offer in spring semester 2015 an Erasmus exchange programme focused on “Challenges of Social Work in the 21st century”, click on the following document for more information.

For further information on this program, please click her below:

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University College Lillebaelt, Denmark

English speaking courses:
Increasing Welfare through User Involvement
Gain a new international perspective on welfare and join the 10-week module from 3 November 2014 to 23 January 2015.

The content will focus on values, theories and practice aimed to support people to develop their full potential and enrich their lives through user / citizens involvement.

In the field of welfare services, we will work with the conditions for democratic and transparent public services. Services can be publicly or privately organized and must be able to handle the complexities of late modern society.
The target group of citizens can be all kind, but the priority will be on marginalized groups such as vulnerable children, youngsters or different minority-groups.

The Department of Social work, Odense welcomes exchange students for practice placement. Usually, the placements are fields studies in a social services department in municipality or in a regional setting. The aim of these field studies is become familiar with the political, organizational, economic and legal framework of social work. We only have a limit number of placement providers that can accept students who do not speak Danish or cognate Scandinavian languages. Still, we have been very good in finding high quality placements for incoming exchange students.

University of Applies Sciences Emden/Leer, Department of Social Work, Germany

Exchange programme for international students: “Supporting families, children and youths in their environment”

A 30 ECTS exchange program in spring term.

The program contains a variety of courses including theory and practice focuses on social work, in particular with children and young people considering their individual environment such as the family or the special situation in rural areas. You can take courses, mostly together with local students, providing a total of 30 ECTS points divided into compulsory and optional modules.

It is designed for Bachelor students in the second stage of their studies at our partner universities are welcome to apply for the programme. Courses take place at the campus in Emden. They will run in the spring term from early March until the beginning of July. You are invited to participate in the orientation programme offered by the International Office in February.

Application deadline is 30 November. Since the courses are taught in English, students need a B1/B2 level of English. Find out more on this exchange programme here

University of Applied Sciences St. Poelten, Department of Social Sciences

iLab – the interdisciplinary lab: A 30 ECTS international and interdisciplinary minor program taught in English.

Find out more:

University of Girona, Faculty of Education and Psychology

Exchange students have access to a selection of subjects taught in English from Bachelor’s (degree) programmes in Social Work. Social Education, Pedagogy, Psychology, Education (Early years) and Education (Primary). Erasmus students can choose all of them, 30 ECTS points each semester and share the classrooms with local students. These subjects can move from one semester to another depending on the year. For 2019-20 the distribution is as follows:

Autumn semester

  • Social policy in the European Union (3ECTS)
  • The roma community (ECTS)
  • Introduction to human ageing: normal and pathologic ageing (3ECTS)
  • Learning difficulties (3ECTS)
  • Integrated learning of languages and content (3ECTS)
  • Oral expression workshop (English/French) (3ECTS)
  • Writing workshop (English, French) (3ECTS)
  • English for academic and professional purposes (5ECTS)
  • English: Competency-based learning (5ECTS)
  • Children’s literature (3ECTS)
  • English culture (3ECTS

Spring semester

  • Communication strategies and techniques for people with disabilities (3ECTS)
  • Socio-action in the field of ageing (3ECTS)
  • Students with developmental disabilities: psychoeducative treatment (3ECTS)
  • Social problems and social risk in childhood (3ECTS)
  • Psychology of groups and organisations (6ECTS)
  • Teaching foreign languages (consolidation 3-12) (3ECTS)
  • Society, family and school. Technologies (3ECTS)
  • English pronunciation in the classroom (3ECTS)

For more details visit:

In addition, we strongly recommend the students to arrive two weeks before the start of lectures in each semester to attend an Introductory Course on Catalan Language and Culture, with 3 ECTS credits, that can be included in the Learning Agreement.

University College of South East Norway, Department of Social Studies, Faculty of Health and Social Studies, Norway

Courses under development

Former members of SocNet98:

EESTS – European School of Higher Education in Social Work, France

Welcome to Erasmus students!

The ESTS will host you with great pleasure for one semester or for an entire school year. What is always surprising for our Erasmus students is that here, the training is very much personalized, each student has a tutor and works in a very “familiar” atmosphere compared to numerous European universities which train the social workers differently: we are a small school (about 1.000 students at the ESTS, 250 on average by city)! Here, we have a principle of alternating studies and training in institutions. For example, the students have classes the first weeks of the school year and then, they have three weeks of internship. After that, they come back for a whole week at the school before they go back to the same internship for a few weeks, and so on. We are very accommodating concerning the choice of courses and we try to choose the most practical for you.
There are also English courses (optional), specialized in the social field. This enables the students to get the bases about social work in English. A lot of oral supports are used (small written dimension in the courses).
Otherwise, all the courses are held in French in our school.
A registration file can be downloaded here (please click on the picture):

A European dimension in our school: why?

The European dimension is the core of the ESTS pedagogical project. It draws all its institutional meaning in the history of the school as academic and professional exchanges have been taking place since 1994, under the initiative of the former General Director. Since 2008, the ESTS has been part of the Erasmus network and, as a will to develop this process, a person has been in charge of developing European projects, at full time, in the School since 2010.

There is also a political meaning to this choice of developing a European orientation.Indeed, we regard it as a major concern given the profound changes that are taking place, both in the social and medico-social sector (Service Directive; ex-Bolkestein) and in the training and education sector (Bologna reform). More widely, several national concerns deserve to be examined with reference to European issues.

Finally, this European dimension also gets a pedagogical meaning since it carries weight in the trainings provided by the ESTS. By making it easier to be trained abroad we give our future social workers the opportunity to acquire further theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of social work, to develop a critical perspective, to confront their professional practices to different ones and to broaden them.
More information in the English section of our website

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