Social Work


Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B. A.)
Length of Study: 6 semesters
Course content: German
Enrolment: each summer and winter term (admission restrictions)
Application deadlines for all semester of study: November until 15.01. of each year (summer term), May until 15.07. of each year (winter term)

Best prospects


1st semester of study:

  • Introduction to the discipline and profession of social work (duration: 2 semesters)
  • Intersectional perspectives on life situations and life worlds (duration: 2 semesters)
  • Introduction to scientific foundations of social work
  • Professional ethical foundations of social work
  • Pedagogical and sociological foundations
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (elective modules, available in semesters 1 - 6)*

2nd semester of study:

  • Diagnostics and case understanding
  • Communication and Counselling I
  • Political and economic foundations
  • Internship I (field of work freely selectable)

3rd semester of study:

  • Forschung in der Sozialen Arbeit I
  • Ästhetische Bildung und Medienbildung in der Sozialen Arbeit I
  • Kommunikation und Beratung II
  • Psychologische und sozialmedizinische Grundlagen

4th semester of study

  • Research in Social Work II
  • Aesthetic education and media education in social work II
  • Individual and group-related forms of action in social work
  • Community work and social space-oriented forms of action in social work
  • Fundamentals of social and civil law

5th semester of study

  • Theoretical foundations of the focal points (elective module, duration: 2 semesters)
  • Conceptual exercises of the specialisations and internship II (elective module, duration: 2 semesters)
  • Law in social work: focus-related basics (elective module)

6th semester of study

  • Thesis

*10 CP in Interdisciplinary Studies, respective elective modules are available from the 1st semester and can be selected from the university-wide offer.


Choice of a 1st and 2nd major in the 5th & 6th semester:

  • Education and training
  • Rehabilitation and health care
  • Gender competence in social work
  • Social assistance



  • general higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or
  • subject-related higher education entrance qualification or
  • general or subject-specific technical college entrance qualification (consisting of a school- and a practical-based part) or
  • successfully passed master craftsman’s examination or equivalent previous education (e.g. apprenticeship)
  • all information about the university entrance qualification

Application Deadlines

Applications for first semester of study:

  • November until 15.01. of each year (summer term)
  • May until 15.07. of each year (winter term)

Applications for higher semester of study:

Admission is based on the capacities that become available. More information can be obtained from the Admissions Office.

  • November until 15.01. of each year (summer term)
  • May until 15.07. of each year (winter term)

Information on application deadlines and procedures for applicants with a foreign university entrance qualification can be found at

This is a statutory deadline. This means that applications for admission and application documents that are submitted to the Kiel University of Applied Sciences -Admissions Office  (via Uni-Assist for applicants with a foreign university entrance qualification) after the above-mentioned deadlines will no longer be considered. If the end of an exclusion period falls on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, the period nevertheless ends at the end of the corresponding day and is not extended to the end of the next working day. (Article 23, Section 7 of the University Admission Ordinance –(HZVO). The date of receipt at the Kiel University of Applied Sciences is valid! Subsequent submissions beyond this deadline are also not possible. Incomplete documents or documents received late are excluded from the selection process. Applications received by fax or e-mail are invalid and also do not take part in the award procedure.


Documents to be submitted (as upload):

  1. certificate of university entrance qualification
  2. certificate in the event of a name change (e.g. marriage certificate)
  3. certificate of exmatriculation (de-registration) if you are studying/have studied the same course of study for which you are requesting admission to a first semester of study
  4. if applicable, certification of civic/social service (armed forces, year of social and ecological work, EU voluntary work, charity work, development agencies, etc)
  5. evidence of completed professional training (exam certificate)
  6. evidence of previously study periods by means of study certificates
  7. evidence of previously completed courses (when applying for a higher semester)
  8. if applicable, proof of sufficient German language skills for applicants without a German university entrance qualification and without a German university degree (enrolment requirement in the case of admission!!!)
  9. additional degree: certificate of the first professional degree, study certificates, certificate of exmatriculation (de-registration) and a detailed written reasoning for application. Applicants are only allowed to name one degree programme. You can find more information here.

Admissions Procedure

After deducting the so-called advance quotas (foreigner quota, hardship quota), 20% of the study places are allocated after a waiting period. The other 80% are distributed according to a university selection quota. This provides for an allocation based on the average grade of the university entrance qualification, which is an admission requirement in accordance with the examination regulations.

The waiting period counts from the time the university entrance qualification is attained.

Notification of admission for the main procedure is sent approx. 2-3 weeks after the application deadline. Then, rejections are handled. After a rejection you have the opportunity to participate in a possible lottery procedure. A lottery procedure takes place if there are still some remaining places for the course after the main selection procedure, the replacement procedure and enrolment.

You are informed of the enrolment deadline with the notification of admission. If enrolment is not made on time, the right to the study place expires irrevocably. You can find more information on enrolment here.


There is a compulsory fee charged each semester for the Student Services Authority, the student body and the semester travel ticket.

Also, there is an administration charge for enrolment. This charge is non-refundable.

Additional information on the above-mentioned fees and charges



Postal Address

Fachhochschule Kiel
Student Secretariat
Sokratesplatz 1
24149 Kiel

Tel.: 0431 210 1339

E-Mail: studieninformation(at)


Student Secretariat
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24149 Kiel

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