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.


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 Antwerpen

  • Language of instruction: English

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Howest, de Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen Antwerpen

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

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 Universitet

Aalborg is a major seaport city in the north of Denmark. Aalborg Universitet is different than the older Danish universities with their traditional focus, because its main focus is on interdisciplinary and cross-faculty studies.

  • Exchange is currently only possible in the area of music therapy.
  • Language of instruction: English
  • For more information, please visit the website of Aalborg Universitet

Jyväskylä - University of Jyväskylä 

Jyväskylä is about 270km 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 programme 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 centre 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.

Caen – IRTS de Basse-Normandie

Caen is located in the French region Normandy in the north of the country. Stays at this university are possible for BA students of Social Work.

Paris - University Sorbonne Paris Nord (USPN)

The University Sorbonne Paris - Nord was founded in 1969 and is a significant scientific and research center in the north of Paris. With its five faculties Argenteuil, Bobigny, la Plaine Saint-Denis, Saint-Denis and Villetaneuse, the USPN offers good opportunities for education and training.

An exchange is possible for students of the bachelor program in Social work.

  • Language of instruction: French

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 60km 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.

Groningen – Hanzehogeschool Groningen 

Groningen is the most attractive city for future study in the Netherlands and is also considered the "best city centre 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 programmes it is the largest occupational higher education institution in the north of the Netherlands.

Vienna - FH Campus Wien

Within the Erasmus+ programme, students can spend one or two semester at FH Campus Wien. 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.

Linz - University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria 

The third largest city in Austria lies on the Danube and is one of the most densely populated areas in the Alpine republic. Linz can position itself as a city of culture by offering a wide range of cultural activities. Nevertheless, the structures of the old industrial city are visible, as are rural ways of life. An exchange semester is possible for BA 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

Eisenstadt - University of Applied Sciences Burgenland

Eisenstadt lies at the foot of the Leithagebirge mountains and is the smallest provincial capital in Austria with about 14,000 inhabitants. Every year about 1,000 students begin their education at the university of applied sciences.  

Possible for Social Work students .

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 350km 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

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 centre 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


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

  • Language of instruction: English
  • For more information, please visit the website of Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu

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: rumanian


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

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 is located in Andalusia (southern Spain) and has about 236,000 inhabitants. The university is divided in 17 faculties, which comprise 72 degree programmes. 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 programme 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 centre of Spain, and the seat of the Spanish government. Madrid is home to six public universities, several other institutions of higher education, theatres 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.

Salamanca - University of Salamanca 

The city is located about 220km northeast of Madrid on the river Tormes. The university has about 38,000 students and is home to some of the most prestigious research institutes in Europe. Due to the degree programmes offered, student in the fields of Business Administration, Communication Design, and Social Work can do a semester abroad.  

Girona - University of Girona

The university is located in the northeast of Spain, in Catalonia. UdG was founded in 1991 and is distributed throughout Girona with the Barri Bell Campus, Emili Grahit Campus, and the Campus de Montilivi. Girona has almost 100,000 inhabitants and is located at the confluence of four rivers in north-eastern Spain. Stays at the university are possible for students of Business Administration, plastics and Rubber Engineering, and Social Work.