Social Work | Bachelor

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Short Facts
  • Time model & language: Full-time | German
  • Duration of study: 6 semesters | 180 ECTS
  • Prerequisites: University entrance qualification or relevant professional qualification with additional exams
  • Academic Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences | BA or B.A.
  • Next starting date: Fall 2018
    Application: ongoing

Before studying

As a commencing student you may have many questions: What does the desired course of studies teach me? How do I apply? What are the requirements for admission to studying at MCI, and what is the application deadline? What are my career options after graduation? Below you will find all the answers and information you may need.


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Graduates of the degree program are qualified to recognize social problems and provide scientifically sound and interdisciplinary solutions that are at once sustainable, effective, and efficient.

The Social Work Bachelor’s program offered by MCI trains students to become solution-oriented experts in regional and international social work displaying an awareness of respective issues in both thought and action.

Due to the altered framework conditions of society today, social professions have been undergoing a great shift. The ever-changing work environment, ecological and economic crises, as well as new lifestyles have created a whole range of new challenges. These have increased not only the demand for crisis intervention but also for preventive measures. Therefore, social workers with a professional, self-reliant, and results-oriented approach are required now more than ever.

Students in this Bachelor’s program are characterized by their strong interest in social topics and enthusiasm for working with other people. They are particularly keen to explore new ways of thinking and living as well as to support others in designing their own lives. They furthermore like to actively commit to improving the living situation of disadvantaged groups of persons and securing their rights. Open, respectful, and appreciative communication is a must. Further valuable skills and preconditions for a career in social work include empathy, the willingness to cooperate, a structured work approach, and the ability to cope with great pressure.



Belachew Gebrewold
FH-Prof. Dr. habil. Belachew Gebrewold Head of Department & Studies +43 512 2070 - 3400

If you have any questions concerning the study program, please contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel:+43 512 2070-3400

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Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis. The required documents are to be submitted online. Applicants are welcome to apply for multiple programs of study, as long as a plausible rationale is given. The final decision may be taken by the end of the application procedures.


Application deadline 

Entrance exam


Date 1 27, November 2017* 18, December 2017 25 - 26, January 2018
Date 2 5, February 2018 6, March2018 20 - 22, March 2018
Date 3 2, April 2018 24, April 2018 15 - 17, May 2018
Date 4 4, June 2018 26, June 2018  4 - 5, July 2018


*recommended for applications from non-EU countries

Admission to the program is available to the following persons

Applicants with a university entrance qualification (e.g. school-leaving exam, appropriate university entrance equivalency exam etc.)
Applicants without a university entrance qualification but with relevant vocational qualifications who satisfy one of the following conditions:

  • successful completion of a three-year vocational middle school
  • successful completion of a dual education program in a relevant profession.

Students in their last year at school wishing to apply for a place on the program before taking their final exams must include their last school report with their application. Successful applicants must subsequently submit their school-leaving examination certificate before the start of the first semester.

Persons without a university entrance qualification but with relevant vocational qualifications must additionally sit entrance exams in German, English and Mathematics. The level of the exams corresponds to that of a non-school university entrance qualification in social and natural sciences.

Career background - 20%
Particular importance is attached to the candidate’s educational record and qualifications, career development where relevant, and the academic and professional goals formulated in the application documents. Please be sure to enclose all the necessary certificates and documents with your application. Only where adequate documentation is provided can previous experience and qualifications (professional experience, internships, periods spent abroad, training and other courses, etc.) be considered in the assessment.

Written entrance exam - 30%
The written entrance exam tests the compatibility of the applicants with the target group.

Interview - 50%
The interview is conducted by a commission and gives applicants the opportunity to present themselves personally, to expand on information provided in the application materials and to explain their academic and professional goals.

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While studying

MCI study programs stand out due to the quality of their content, relevance to the business world, and their international orientation. The close cooperation with partners from industry and integrative internships enable students to gain practical experience as early as in their Bachelor’s studies. In addition to providing expert knowledge, MCI places great importance on encouraging personal development and the development of social and intercultural competencies.

Social Work

In addition to an academic qualification in action science and appropriate methods, the curriculum provides relevant knowledge of law, psychology, sociology, political sciences, and pedagogy. The students thus acquire an interdisciplinary perspective and learn how to link up and apply their theoretical knowledge of the different areas addressed in practice. The Social Work program also places a special focus on personal development and intercultural competencies. This is to prepare our graduates for a career in social work in an international context.


Time model & language
Full-time | German
Academic year
Winter semester: September / October – February
Summer semester: March – June / July
1st – 3rd semesters: Fundamentals of Social Work
4th semester: Integrative internship
5th semester: International semester (abroad or at MCI)
6th semester: Bachelor thesis
Tuition fees
For students from EU & EEA countries: EUR 363 / semester plus membership fee to the Austrian Student Union (ÖH). Details & information for students from third countries can be found at admission.

Module overview

Social Work & Related Studies 17%
Fields of Application of Social Work 17%
Methodology & Competencies in Social Work 39%
Fundamentals of Research in Social Work 13%
Compulsory Internships 14%


  1 2 3 4 5 6
History of social problems & professionalization 2 | 2          
Fundamentals of methodology in social work 2 | 2          
Theories of social work I   2 | 2        
Ethics of social work I   1 | 1        
Fundamentals of sociology 2 | 2          
Fundamentals of the legal system 1 | 1,5          
Fundamentals of social security in social work 1 | 1,5   2 | 4      
Social politics     2 | 4      
Economical fundamentals of social work            
Educational fundamentals of social work   2 | 2        
Medical fundamentals of social work   2 | 2        
Social-psychological fundamentals of social work   2 | 2        
Developmental-psychological fundamentals of social work   2 | 2        
Social psychiatry         2 | 2  
Clinical & health psychology           2 | 2

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Basic welfare services & homelessness 2 | 2          
Legal foundations for basic welfare services & homelessness 1 | 1          
Delinquency   2 | 2        
Legal foundations for delinquency   1 | 1        
Work & unemployment      2 | 2      
Legal foundations for work & unemployment      1 | 1      
Health oriented social work 2 | 2          
Legal foundations in the health-sector 1 | 1           
Persons with special needs   2 | 2         
Mental disorders      2 | 2       
Addiction     2 | 2      
Childhood / youth / family  2 | 2 2 | 2        
Legal foundations for childhood / youth / family  2 | 2 1 | 1        
Elderly people     2 | 2      
Migration      2 | 2       
Legal foundations for migration     2 | 2      

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Fundamentals of communication   2 | 2        
Optional compulsory subject I (cross-semester-course)   1 | 1 1 | 1       
Conversational practice & advice in social work 2 | 2   1 | 1       
Crisis intervention     2 | 2      
Community Work     2 | 2      
Intercultural communication         2 | 2  
Working with groups         2 | 2  
Mediation         2 | 2  
Optional compulsory subject II (cross-semester-course)         2 | 2 1 | 3
Mourning           1 | 2
Case management           1 | 2
Methods of social pedagogy           2 | 2
Social perspective strategies & regionalization in social work         2 | 3  
Project management         2 | 2  
Public relations / Media relations         1 | 2  
Administration of social work           1 | 2
Quality assurance in social work           1 | 2
Social organizations & networks in Austria           1 | 2
Introduction to social work studies 1 | 2          
Project assignment 2 | 2 2 | 2 2 | 2      
English 1 | 1 1 | 1 1 | 1   1 | 2  
Internship seminar 1 | 1 1 | 1 1 | 1 1 | 4 1 | 2  
Orientational internship   2        
Internship       23    
Supervision       1 | 3    
Self development         2 | 2  
Gender/Diversity Training           1 | 2

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Academic research 2 | 2          
Informatics for social workers 1 | 1 1 | 1         
Methods of social research   1 | 1 1 | 1       
Current social work research, 1st Bachelor thesis         6  
Seminar for Bachelor thesis          1 | 1 1 | 2 
Current social work research, 2nd Bachelor thesis           6
Theories of social work II            2 | 2
Ethics of social work II            1 | 1

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits


  • childhood | youth | family | elderly
  • education | profession | self-development
  • delinquency | rehabilitation
  • health care (disabilities, addiction, psychosomatic and chronic problems)
  • basic welfare services
  • migration | integration


At MCI, each program of study requires students to complete an integrative internship of at least 13 weeks at a national or international company. Students receive support from the respective department in organizing this internship and are supervised in coordination with the company.

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Our department and the MCI Career Center regularly provide up-to-date information about internship positions and the situation on the labor market in general.

In the Bachelor’s degree program in Social Work, practical training has top priority. Carefully selected case studies from practice give students the opportunity to apply their newly acquired theoretical knowledge and reflect upon  it with respective experts. This provides guidance both during on-campus classes and internships.

The four-week trial internship is designed to provide orientation during the transition from the first to the second semester. It allows students to gain an insight into relevant professional activities and structures.

Students will be familiarized with current social work issues, respective methods, and intervention planning. A particular focus is placed on the basic principles of professional behavior.

The trial internship helps students recognize the interconnectedness of the course contents in the everyday practice of a social worker and, thus, facilitates interdisciplinary and connected thinking.

During the fourth semester, students are required to complete an integrated 15-week internship in a national or international organization operating within to the social work sector. This is to allow students to put the previously acquired knowledge to practice while taking on ever more personal responsibility, while learning to work autonomously. The professional internship also provides orientation in the practical organizations and network of cooperative facilities of social work.

The mandatory internship can be completed either at home or abroad. Where professional, organizational, and language requirements are fulfilled, we explicitly encourage going on an internship abroad. Two programs are available for funding. For more information please see below.

Erasmus+ supports internships in all 28 EU member states as well as in the non-EU countries Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Turkey, and Macedonia, and in international partner countries. Erasmus+ provides grants from EUR 384 to EUR 435 per month. The amount may vary according to the living costs in the country of the internship. This can last from a minimum of two months to a maximum of twelve months.

Further details and information about requirements and conditions can be found at:

Applications can be made through the MCI International Relations Office. Relevant information is provided during the second semester in respective information sessions and events. If you are interested in applying for an Erasmus+ grant, please contact International Relations Manager Kerstin Maier:

Mag.a Kerstin Maier

International Relations Manager

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The EZA Program is funded by the Austrian Development Agency and available to social work students at Austrian universities and universities of applied sciences. The aim of the program is to facilitate the qualitative, professional, and well-founded preparation for, and follow-up to, internships in countries of the global South. Tailored workshops are offered to prepare interns on the socio-political, social and cultural, as well as professional levels. In cases where no other form of financial support is available, extra funding of up to EUR 700 from the project budget may be granted for internships.

The requirements for funding include a minimum internship duration of 15 weeks, relevant language skills, and a strong commitment to prepare for, and follow up on, the internship experience.

Interested students should apply through the relevant department, which organizes respective information sessions during the second semester of studies.


Angelika Svoboda, BA MA

Teaching & Research Assistant

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Phone: +43 512 2070-3422

Do you manage, or work at, a psychosocial facility and offer internships for social work students?

We greatly appreciate the provision of internship opportunities and are happy to inform our students about possible vacancies. The easiest way to pass on the relevant information to suitable candidates is through online postings.

Please submit a brief description of the vacancy or vacancies in PDF or Word format, including your company logo as well as answers to the following questions:

  • Do you offer a four-week internship for trial or a 15-week internship?
  • In which area or department do you require a social work intern?
  • What is the application deadline?
  • Who is the contact person?

Stefan Thaler, Graduate, Probation Officer and Mediator of Charitable Benefits, NEUSTART Vorarlberg

The qualifications acquired in the MCI in the area of criminal offenders and the knowledge based on the theories of social work support me in my daily work.

Stefan Thaler, Graduate, Probation Officer and Mediator of Charitable Benefits, NEUSTART Vorarlberg

Martina Tschug, Graduate of Social Work, vocational training assistant at Arbas work assistance

The qualifications acquired in the MCI in the area of criminal offenders and the knowledge based on the theories of social work support me in my daily work.

Martina Tschug, Graduate of Social Work, vocational training assistant at Arbas work assistance

Research & Development

At the Entrepreneurial School®, providing a consistent link between science and practice has top priority. Therefore, we provide our students plenty of opportunity to put their newly acquired knowledge to practice, even during their studies. The collaboration with companies and organizations of different sizes and sectors forms one of the cornerstones of the MCI concept. Such cooperative work does not only benefit our students, but also, ­to a large extent our partners.

The research and development strategy of the Social Work study program includes a variety of focus areas corresponding to current issues. The overall aim of our research is to ensure the quality of social work as a profession in order to support people in their everyday lives.

Our research is conducted by way of applied research and development projects in cooperation with partners from social work practice and in the context of specific internal research projects carried out by our full-time lecturers. Students may become involved in such research projects as part of workshops or practical assignments. They thus acquire a knowledge of basic and evaluation research, applying both quantitative and qualitative methods. In the case of interdisciplinary cooperation, research and development projects are implemented in conjunction with other study programs, depending on the topic. This is to keep our research on the scientific and practical problems of social work up to date, especially with regard to social, societal, political, and legal changes. We also aim to give participants the opportunity to gain practical experience even before completion of the program.

Research in Social Work



Co-operation partners (excerpt)

• AK - Arbeiterkammer Tirol • Diözese Innsbruck • Innsbrucker Soziale Dienste • Europäische Kommission • Landesschulrat Tirol • Neustart • Land Tirol • Tiroler Wissenschaftsfonds • Gesundheits- & Sozialsprengel • AMS- Arbeitsmarktservice Tirol • Kinderschutz Tirol • Verein für Obdachlose • TirolKliniken • Kinder- und Jugendhilfe Schwaz • Kinder- und Jugendhilfe Innsbruck ...

After studying

Graduates of the program are conferred the academic title of Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, in short BA or B.A. This is attested by a leaving certificate, the Bachelor diploma, the international diploma supplement, and further documents where relevant. We recommend graduates to combine the academic degree with the MCI brand: e.g. BA (MCI). This is to provide trust and orientation in an increasingly non-transparent international education market.

Continue studying

The MCI offers a number of internationally oriented Master's courses. The master program in Social Work, Social Policy & Management is aimed directly at the graduates of this bachelor program. The completion of a master's degree qualifies for the relevant doctoral studies.

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