International Social Work

4 Jahre
1. September.
2209.00 € / Jahr
Bewerbungsfrist: 1. Oktober 2020 bis spätestens 19. August 2021
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Empowering people and communities. Building connections between locals and organizations. Contributing to a more just and inclusive global society. Sound like you? Start making a difference today by signing up for the bachelor International Social Work at HAN!

The International Federation of Social Work formulated the mission for the profession as follows: Social work is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work”.

Today we face all kinds of global issues. Natural disasters. Migration. Climate change. Interreligious conflict. Poverty. Issues that need more than a just a quick fix. That’s where you as a social worker come in. You empower communities to tackle such issues from the ground up. Always in collaboration with the involved parties. And always in a sustainable manner. Social work is a very broad field. When you graduate from this program, you’ll be specialized in Community Development and Inclusive Society.

A good match for you?

  • Are you interested in global themes and issues?
  • Would you like to contribute to improving the world?
  • Do you find it important to have a career that’s meaningful?
  • Do you like working with people from different cultures?
  • Are you keen on travelling and are you adventurous?
  • Are you a good team player?

YES? Then the program is a good match for you!


Course overview

Theory and practice are closely linked at HAN. Your lecturers guide you through all the current research on international social work. At the same time, you dive straight into practice during your internships. Allowing you to apply the methodologies you learn in a real work setting.

In your 1st year you get a broad view of the field of international social work. At the same time you develop important professional skills. Like writing and presenting, but also creative skills. After successfully completing your 1st introductory year, you will start following more specialized subjects in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years of your program.


Each year you do a work placement (internship). From your 2nd year you may even do your internship abroad. You work together with local communities on solving issues. A great opportunity to put your skills into practice and to make a difference in the lives of real people!

The profession

According to the Secretary-General of the International Federation of Social Work, Dr. Rory Truel, the profession of Social Work is “the fastest growing profession in the world cause more and more governments realize they need social work to build good societies. International solidarity and joint action is what makes the social work profession visible and strong”.

International Social Work at HAN trains you to work together with local communities in an international setting. You work systematically and with proven methods. Setting up projects. Liaising with local and international contacts. Connecting people. Your aim? To empower the individuals and communities you work with so they become more resilient and self-reliant.

Dr. Rory Truell, Secretary-General of the International Federation of Social Work

Job and Career prospects

A degree in International Social Work opens doors. You'll have excellent opportunities to work for all kinds of organizations. All over the world!

With this degree, you can get a job as:

  • Social Worker in Community Development
  • Social Worker in a Multicultural Setting
  • International Project Leader in Community Development

City of Nijmegen

The Bachelor International Social Work is located in Nijmegen or Novio Magus as it was known in Roman times. It is the oldest town in the Netherlands . It has approximately 170,000 inhabitants of which 10% students. It is one of the best student cities of the Netherlands! The city is surrounded by woodlands, castles and polders. Nijmegen is close to the German border and has excellent rail and road connections to all over the Netherlands and Europe.

HAN Campus Nijmegen


HAN Infostelle
Postbus 6960
NL-6503 GL Nijmegen

phone: +31 24 353 05 00
fax: +31 24 353 03 55

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