Partner Universities EU

Here you can find an overview and information about the partner universities of the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences. Please check the topicality of the information before you apply by using the MoveOn-search engine of our International Office.

The FHWS is currently establishing a particularly close exchange relationship with the universities from the 3IN-Alliance. You can find more information here.

Karel de Grote Hogeschool, Antwerp
Karel de Grote Hogeschool, Antwerp

Studying in Belgium


Antwerp is a vibrant learning city with 44,000 full-time students. It thrives to be a great fashion city and became the diamond capital of the world. It is an architecturally very rich city full of culture, bars and restaurants. Brussels, Paris, London and Amsterdam are also within easy reach.

Karel de Grote Hogeschool Antwerp

Howest, de Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen Antwerp

Studying in Bulgaria

Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski

Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria and one of the oldest settlements and cities in Europe. The university is the first higher education institution in Bulgaria. Its history is an embodiment and continuation of centuries of cultural and educational tradition in this country.

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Copenhagen - Metropolitan University College
Copenhagen - Metropolitan University College

Studying in Denmark

Copenhagen - Metropolitan University College

The Metropolitan University College is situated centrally in the city of Copenhagen; for exchange students, it offers a broad range of English-taught modules.

Examples for subject-related modules are:

  • Social Work
  • Education
  • Nursing

Additionally, the Unversity College offers free Danish language courses where basic skills for understanding, speaking and writing are taught.

Aalborg- Aalborg University

Aalborg University is located in the north of Denmark. Besides the cultural attractions of the city, there are also many scenic highlights to discover locally.

Helsinki - Diakonia-Ammattikorkeakoulu
Helsinki - Diakonia-Ammattikorkeakoulu

Studying in Finland

Jyväskylä - University of Jyväskylä 

Jyväskylä is about 270 km away from Helsinki and the seventh largest city of Finland. University of Jyväskylä not only offers various summer and winter schools, but also an English-taught master’s program in the area of music therapy.

Mikkeli - MAMK Open University of Applied Sciences 

Mikkeli is a city with almost 54,000 inhabitants situated directly on the shore in Central Finland; throughout the year it offers spectacular nature. 

In addition to different summer schools (May to August), MAMK Open University of Applied Sciences also offers many English-taught modules from various disciplines.

Examples for subject-related modules are: Civic Activities and Youth Work; Nursing.

Helsinki - Diakonia-Ammattikorkeakoulu 

With 630,072 inhabitants, Finland’s capital Helsinki is by far the largest Finish city. Helsinki is also the political, economic, scientific and cultural center of Finland. Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (DIAK) focuses on human well-being, avoidance of social exclusion and Christian education. Possible for Social Work students (Bachelor & Master).

Kuopio - University of Eastern Finland 

University of Eastern Finland (UEF) has been created by merging University of Joensuu and University of Kuopio in 2010. Since then, the university has been regularly ranked among the world’s leading universities. The city of Kuopio is the eighth largest in Finland, a winter sports resort and a popular holiday destination. Exchange is possible for Master’s and Bachelor’s students of the subject area of social work.

LAB University of Applied Sciences 

LAB University of Applied Sciences has two locations, Lappeenranta and Lahti. The university has about 8,500 students, including about 200 international students. Students from abroad are an integral part of the university and create an international atmosphere. Lappeenranta is located on Lake Saimaa and has 72,400 inhabitants, 15,000 of whom are students. 

Degree programmes in Lappeenranta

  • Civil and Construction Engineering
  • Health Care and Social Services
  • International Business 
  • Mechanical Engineering

Degree programmes in Lahti

  • Business Information Technology
  • Health Care und Nursing
  • International Business (Bachelor und Master)
  • Mechanical Engineering und Production Technology
  • Engineering (Master)
  • Urban Sustainability 

An exchange is possible for students of business administration, social work, and logistics.

Università degli Studi di Palermo
Università degli Studi di Palermo

Studying in Italy

Bologna - Università di Bologna

The University of Bologna was the first university and thus it is the world’s oldest university. It has over 85,000 students in 11 different locations, for example in Ravenna or Rimini. Bologna is located in northern Italy, about 60 km east of the Adriatic Sea.

Possible for students of the area of BA Social Work and for students of the Master’s in International Social Work with Refugees and Migrants.

Palermo - Università degli Studi di Palermo

Palermo is the capital of the autonomous Region of Sicily. It is located on a bay on the northern coast of Sicily. It lived under many different dominations, such as the Arabs or the Normans. This can be clearly seen in the still preserved architecture, which consists of many different styles

Rom - Università degli Studi di Roma ‚La Sapienza’

La Sapienza University (Italian sapienza 'wisdom') officially Sapienza - Università di Roma, also called University of Rome I, is one of the largest universities in Europe and the oldest in the city of Rome. Sapienza was originally a papal university. Rome is the capital of Italy. It is exceptionally rich in important buildings and museums and is the destination of many tourists. The historic center of Rome, St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican City were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1980.

Groningen – Hanzehogeschool Groningen
Groningen – Hanzehogeschool Groningen

Studying in the Netherlands

Groningen – Hanzehogeschool Groningen 

Groningen is the most attractive city for future study in the Netherlands and is also considered the "best city center in the Netherlands"! What does that mean? Above all, it means a safe and clean city. But that’s not all. Many student clubs, sports facilities, a rich cultural life, a broad variety of shops, cafés and restaurants, and a unique pub scene make Groningen a very attractive student city

Hanze University of Applied Siences (UAS) is a modern higher education institution and with 27,000 students and more than 70 degree programes it is the largest occupational higher education institution in the north of the Netherlands.

Vienna - FH Campus Vienna
Vienna - FH Campus Vienna

Studying in Austria

Vienna - FH Campus Vienna

Within the Erasmus+ program, students can spend one or two semester at FH Campus Vienna. The federal capital of Austria with about 1.8 million inhabitants offers metropolitan flair with a very high quality of life.

Stays at FH Campus Wien are possible for students of Social Work.

St. Pölten - University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten

The city in the alpine upland on the river Traisen has about 53,445 inhabitants and, depending on its definition, can be considered one of the oldest cities in Austria. There is an old town worth seeing, modern architecture, museums, and galleries. The university offers modern facilities such as an audio lab or a digital health lab for innovative teaching and learning.    

Studies abroad in St. Pölten is possible for students of Media Management and Social Work

Studying in Poland

Krakow - Jagiellonian University in Krakow

The university was founded in 1364 by the Polish King Casimir the Great and is the oldest university in Poland. Krakow lies in the south of Poland and is about 350 km away from Warsaw. With 760,000 inhabitants, Krakow is the country’s second largest city.

A semester abroad in Krakow is possible for students of Social Work. 

Lisbon - University of Lisbon
Lisbon - University of Lisbon

Studying in Portugal

Lisbon - University of Lisbon

The Portuguese capital lies directly at the mouth of the river Tejo in the extreme southwest of Europe on the Atlantic coast. Lisbon is the political, economic and cultural center of the country. The origins of the university go back to the year 1288. With approximately 20,000 students in eight faculties, the university is one of the largest universities in Portugal. Among the students are about 300 Erasmus students from all over Europe. 

An exchange is possible for students of the Bachelor’s programme Social Work.

Amares - ISAVE Higher Education Institute of Health

ISAVE is located in the north of Portugal and has about 300 students. It is part of a private institution that aims to train health professionals with technical and scientific knowledge, with a very rich exchange of experience. ISAVE has a campus in Amares.

An exchange is possible for students of the Bachelor's and Master's program in Social Work as well as for students of the Master's program "International Social Work with Refugees and Migrants".

  • Language of instruction: portuguese

Studying in Romania

Sibiu - Universitatea "Lucian Blaga" din Sibiu

This university is one of the oldest universities in Romania. It is divided into nine faculties. About 24,500 students study at the university every year and are taught by about 800 lecturers. The city lies at the foot of the Carpathians and offers a variety of sights. A stay abroad is possible for students of the area of Social work. 

Brasov – Transilvania University of Brasov (UniTBv)

Brasov is a large city in Romania with about 250,000 inhabitants. UniTBv was founded in 1948 and is the largest university in the central region of Romania. It is a comprehensive university offering degree programs in 43 disciplines. The mission of UniTBv is the production and transfer of knowledge to society.

An exchange is possible for students of the Bachelor's and Master's program in Social Work as well as for students of the Master's program "International Social Work with Refugees and Migrants".

  • Language of instruction: romanian
Umeå University
Umeå University

Studying in Sweden

Umeå - Umeå University

Umeå is located in the north of Sweden and has a milder climate than other Swedish cities due to its proximity to the sea. Umeå University offers courses in both Swedish and English. The English-taught offer includes both basic and advanced courses.

Examples for subject-related courses of previous semesters:

  • Social Work with Elderly
  • Social Work in Sweden
  • Swedish Social Welfare in Comparative Perspective

Studying in Switzerland

Basel - FHNW School of Social Work

Basel is located at the triangle of Germany, France and Switzerland and is a university city with a humanistic character and numerous universities of different disciplines. The School of Social Work is part of the University of Applied Sciences of North-western Switzerland (FHNW), which also houses the School of Business, the School of Education as well as the Academy of Art and Design.

Due to its specialisation, the FHNW School of Social Work offers a wide range of courses.

  • Language of instruction: German
  • For more information, please visit the website of FHNW

Granada - University of Granada
Granada - University of Granada

Studying in Spain

Granada - University of Granada

Granada is located in Andalusia (southern Spain) and has about 236,000 inhabitants. The university is divided in 17 faculties, which comprise 72 degree programs. 60,000 students are taught by approx. 3247 professors and lecturers. Granada, with around 1,500 students annually, is one of the most popular destinations for Erasmus students. Students in Social Work can take part in an exchange program at this university.

Madrid - Complutense University of Madrid 

With a population of 3.2 million, the Spanish capital is the third largest city in the European Union after London and Berlin. Madrid is the geographical, political and cultural center of Spain, and the seat of the Spanish government. Madrid is home to six public universities, several other institutions of higher education, theaters and cultural institutions. The university campus is in the Moncloa district and another is in Somosaguas. With 88,177 students enrolled in the 2006/07 academic year, it was the largest university offering face-to-face teaching in Spain and the second largest in Europe. Students of Social Work can spend a semester in Madrid.

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