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Social Work & Diaconia – (vocationally integrated)

Who offers this course?

Evangelische Hochschule für Soziale Arbeit & Diakonie

Type of study


Six to eight semesters (depending on prior qualifications)

State recognition


Type of study

University course (vocationally integrated!)


In addition to the B. A. it is possible to acquire diaconal competences and to complete the church’s exam, by assigning specific building blocks, which is the prerequisite to be ordained as a deacon.

Qualification on completion

Bachelor of Arts (B. A.) and state-approved Social Worker or Social Education Worker

What is the content of the course of studies?

The basic courses include the topics

  • “Basis of social work & diaconia”,
  • “Methods and plans of action in social work & diaconia”,
  • “Societal and institutional framework conditions for social work & diaconia” and
  • “Practice research”.

The course specialization in “Health” is structured in the modules

  • “Health and illness in contexts of life situations”,
  • “The health system”,
  • “Challenges and features of social work in relation to health” as well as
  • “Deepening in current theoretical and political discourses”.

Where can I find employment later on?

The course specialization in “Health” prepares you for working in different areas of the health system after having completed the studies. As a graduate you can also work and promote health in all areas of social work.

In what fields/subject areas can I work?

Opportunities can be found in fields such as:

  • Public healthcare
  • Assistance for disabled persons or reintegration
  • Geriatric care
  • Addiction help and counseling
  • Community/social psychiatry
  • Hospital work

What are the entry re

What are the entry requirements?

  • To qualify for the vocationally integrated bachelor degree in “Social Work & Diaconia” at the Ev. Hochschule the following requirements must be met:
    • General higher education entrance qualification and
    • Employment during the studies in the field of social work with at least half of the regular weekly working hoursand one of the following three options:
    1. Degree of vocational training in a relevant related field of social work or
    2. Degree of vocational training in a relevant field of social work and a minimum of two years of working experience in an approved field of social work (allows crediting of 30 credits) or
    3. Degree of vocational training and a minimum of two years of experience in an approved field of social work.

What costs will I incur as part of my studies?

€ 295.- per month semester tuition and approx.200 € semester fee per semester; one-time 150 € administration fee.

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