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An international study programme in English - March to July 2023

How do you work in different fields of social work and special education? International fields of social work such as migration, political crisis and processes of globalization play a mayor role in learning social work today. With the nowadays challenges for social work, it is safe to say that international qualification in social work becomes more essential than ever. And that is why you will be profiting from our curriculum of “Social Work and Exclusion”, which we offer each summer semester at our campuses in Muenster and Cologne. It will help gain knowledge, skills and experiences in social work practice and theory.

As an international student, you will form one group during the whole semester. You will study side by side with our local students and be a part of our small family campus. Also, you will be provided special support by student buddies and faculty members. Starting with a welcome week and taking part in a one-week excursion to Berlin will highlight your studying with us, as well as a cultural programme which allows you to get to know the vibrant city of Cologne.

Within the programme, you can obtain up to 30 ECTS. Your learning outcomes will be documented in a transcript of records.

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Take a look at our courses: 

1) Social Work research based on available data: the case of poverty

     Prof. Dr. Sebastian Böhm, 3 ECTS (Cologne, Sociology)

2) Reading Roger Frie's study 'Not in My Family - German Memory and Responsibility After the Holocaust' 

     Prof. Dr. Jochen Bonz, 3 ECTS (Muenster, Cultural Education)

3) Social Inequalities

     Prof. Dr. Judith Conrads, 3 ECTS (Muenster, Sociology)

4) Supervision in Social work/Intercultural Coaching

     Prof. Dr. Meyer-Schwickerath, 3 ECTS (Muenster, Social Work)

5) Understanding Social Problems und Developing Solutions - German and South Indian Perspectives

     Prof. Dr. Grit Höppner, 3 ECTS (Muenster, Social Work)

6) Human Rights and Social Work/Inclusive Education

     Prof. Dr. Sabine Schäper, 3ECTS (Muenster, Social Work)

7) Domestic Violence

     Prof. Dr. Christiane Rohleder, 3 ECTS (Muenster, Sociology)

8) Truth, Post-Truth, and Lies in Politics

     Prof. Dr. Isabelle-Christine Panreck, 3 ECTS (Cologne, Political Sciences)

9) Sex education and Social Work - Germany and India

     Prof. Dr. Karla Verlinden, 3 ECTS (Cologne, Social Work)

10) Practical Social work - visiting practical institutions in Social Work

       N.N., 3 ECTS (Muenster, Social Work)

11) Social psychological findings on prejudice and discrimination

     Prof. Dr. Ulrich Frischknecht, Franziska Sawitzki M.A., 3 ECTS (Cologne, Social Psychology)


Language requirements: 

The language of conduction of the “Social Work and Exclusion” programme in Muenster is English. A good knowledge of English is therefore essential. Each international student applicant must master the English language sufficiently well to be able to understand lectures and to be able to work with English academic texts. The applicants must proof English language skills with an English language certificate of B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 


The nomination deadline is November 20, 2022, via email to: incoming(at)katho-nrw.de 

Please contact our team for more detailed information on the application process. 



- Scientific coordinator -

Prof. Dr. Jochen Bonz


Münster, Sozialwesen




- Counselling/student service -

Katrin Verhorst

Mitarbeiterin International Office, Abteilungen Münster und Paderborn

Münster, Sozialwesen

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