Bachelor of Arts (FH)
Semester fee
71 Euro
Start of the program
Winter semester
Standard length of the program
7 Semester
Place of study
Part-time studies possible

The general aim of the Bachelor’s degree program in Social Work is to provide students with academic knowledge and methodological skills for a career in social work and social pedagogy. They gain academic insights and practical skills that enable them to describe, analyze and explain social problems, develop and implement action plans, and reflect upon and justify their professional work on the basis of academic theory. The guiding principle of the entire program is the focus on people, which is what social work is all about.

The program in detail


The program (7 semesters) is divided into six semesters of study at the University and one semester of study in a practical context (practical semester with support from the University).

The main areas of study at our Faculty are:

  • Youth Work / Youth Social Work / Extracurricular Youth Education
  • Caring for People at Risk
  • Health / Old Age / Rehabilitation
  • Intercultural / International Social Work and
  • Parenting Advice / Family Counseling.

In addition to the specialization in a major field of study, there is a further possibility for individual differentiation in the field of communication, in community informatics, in foreign languages or in Catholic social teaching. The background for the possibility of specialization is the idea that social work provides opportunities for the development of specific interests and talents in many ways. They can also serve as preparation for individual plans to pursue a certain specialization in a Master’s degree program.

Students receive intensive support from the very beginning. Right at the start of the study program, an orientation and introductory event lasting several days is held, which gives students an overview of the study structure, study organization, services and requirements of the University, as well as information about the University and its facilities in general, but also about the study location Eichstätt.

In the third semester, students are introduced to selected practical fields. In the third to sixth semester, the practical experience is deepened and expanded through an exemplary focus, which can be understood as a progressive scientific reflection and analysis of practice. The support is provided by the representatives of the respective areas of specialization and also includes the practical stay as well as the offers "Selected Fields of Work". In the seventh semester, students write their BA theses and are supported in the process by the respective supervisor in the corresponding in-depth modules (arranged according to subject areas).

The practical semester is usually held in the 5th semester. The internships can be completed in Germany or abroad. Existing collaborations with foreign universities and internship institutions support the mobility.

Rankings and assessments


KU students and alumni have voted for their University to be Germany's most popular university in the 2024 ranking of the online portal StudyCheck. This is the third time in a row, as KU was also voted the most popular university in 2021 and 2022. The ranking was based on over 78,000 evaluations for more than 500 higher education institutions and universities. 97 percent of students questioned for the ranking would recommend studying at the KU to others. 

"There is no better praise for a university than almost 100 percent of students and alumni agreeing: I can only recommend studying at the KU! That is why we are very pleased with the ranking’s outcome, because it expresses the high level of satisfaction of our students," says KU President Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien.

More ranking results

Studying abroad

Internationality is of great importance at the Faculty of Social Work. This includes the field of specialization in Intercultural/International Social Work, study semesters abroad as well as international internships and, of course, also staff mobility or incoming students from abroad.

The Faculty of Social Work has a good international network with numerous partner universities, organizations and institutions, organizes or supports international conferences and participates in international (research) projects.

Semester abroad in India

Foto Tabea_Hofrichter

"Half a year in India has shown me that you can actually be happy with very few things. Even without endless data capacity, Netflix, or even a washing machine, you can actually get by very well! I was received so warmly there that homesickness didn't come up at all."

"Half a year in India has shown me that you can actually be happy with very few things. Even without endless data capacity, Netflix, or even a washing machine, you can actually get by very well! I was received so warmly there that homesickness didn't come up at all."

- Tabea Hofrichter(student)

Practical connection

The practical relevance is ensured by various elements within the degree program. Students usually complete a practical semester in the 5th semester. In doing so, students are intensively supervised before, during and after the practical phase. In addition, numerous modules of the degree program focus on the transfer between theory and practice during the course of the program.

Practical semester

The internship semester serves the general study objective of achieving a high level of professional qualification for a constantly flexible job market. Students acquire practical knowledge in their internship institution. They are familiarized with the professional culture of social work and are given the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the practices and routines of the organization in which they are completing their internship. They are asked to relate the acquired scientific knowledge to the practical knowledge they are confronted with in the institution.

Practical work exchange

Information on career opportunities in social work and childhood education, as well as insights into the working methods of the various institutions in these professional fields, is also provided by the practical work exchange, which takes place annually in the winter semester. More than 40 institutions of social work and childhood education from the region and from Bavaria introduce themselves. Exhibitors at the practical work exchange include drug and addiction counseling facilities, clinics, juvenile court assistance, nursing services, training centers and many more. In addition, interested parties can inform themselves about the Faculty's undergraduate degree programs as well as the continuing Master's degree programs in Social Work and Community Informatics.

This event is organized by students of the Faculty of Social Work on their own initiative and is aimed both at a broad audience who want to learn about the work of the institutions and at students who want to get to know possible employers and practical positions.

Under the guiding principle "vital practice", students from all parts of Germany who are interested in studying social work and childhood education have the opportunity to talk to professionals from the field as well as students of the Bachelor's and Master's degree programs of the Faculty of Social Work.

If you have any questions, please contact the practical work exchange management team by e-mailing praxisboerse-sozialearbeit(at)

Career possibilities and professional fields

Career prospects

The Faculty of Social Work trains professionals who organize personalized services in social economy enterprises and social administrations, thus helping to solve social problems in society and the Church.

These professionals are active in various functions as

  • Social education workers
  • Social workers in youth centers, welfare institutions, and health care facilities
  • Family support workers
  • Hospital social workers
  • Educational workers and housemasters
  • School social workers
  • Counselors in educational and youth work or family work and work with the elderly
  • Consultants in youth and adult education
  • Youth welfare workers in the town or region, or company social workers
  • Juvenile court assistants, probation officers
  • Prison social workers
  • Development aid workers
  • Teachers at professional schools
  • Social researchers

The KU

Sommerresidenz Luftbild


Short distances on campus at the KU save time and avoid stress. The KU is a campus University with modern facilities. The buildings on campus are located close to the Eichstätt old town. Although the University and its campus has grown, it is still characterized by short distances: In Eichstätt, everything can be reached within ten minutes’ walking distance. On campus, green spaces such as the Hofgarten are the perfect places to relax. The garden of the Kapuzinerkloster is also used by different student initiatives for their projects. The canteen is located at the heart of the Eichstätt campus and has a sun deck and cafeteria that leave nothing to be desired.

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What sets the KU apart

Studying at the KU is more than just acquiring specialist knowledge. We broaden our horizons together and take on responsibility in and beyond the individual degree programs. The KU has a particular focus on topics such as personal development, sustainability, social skills and social commitment.

It offers its students the possibility to study and work in a welcoming atmosphere and benefit from outstanding support and comprehensive service offers, a well-stocked library, a broad range of sports and leisure activities and a large global network of approx. 300 partner universities. Our team at the International Office helps you to plan your semester abroad and the KU Career Service provides comprehensive advice and support for embarking on your professional career.

Do I have to be Catholic in order to study at the KU? Do I have to deal with Catholic contents during my studies?

No, the KU is open to students of all faiths and beliefs.

At the KU, just as at all state universities, there is freedom of research and teaching. This means that our degree programs focus on the subjects for which you have enrolled – free from external influences.

As a student at our University, you will notice what our understanding of being a Catholic University means for us in one thing in particular: The University’s focus is on the individual person. The talents and potential of all those who teach, study, work and carry out research at the KU form our most important foundation – regardless of their religion or beliefs, nationality, ethical, cultural or social background, disabilities, gender, sexual orientation or age.

This is why we promote your best possible academic education through personal support and an ideal staff-to-student ratio. At the same time, the KU is more than just a place for earning your degree: We attach particular importance to imparting social skills and advancing our students’ sense and value orientation in addition to providing them with a high level of academic and methodical qualification.

Our aspiration for our University is to build bridges between science and society and to make knowledge available for society as well as to integrate impulses from outside the University into our research and teaching practice. We aim to make a valuable contribution to social coexistence, to the free democratic basic order and to preserving creation. 

Isn’t Eichstätt quite small for a university town?

With a population of around 15,000, it is probably the smallest university town in Europe. For our students, this means living and learning in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Whether it is on the way to a lecture in the morning, at the canteen for lunch or in the pub in the evening, you will often come across people you know. It is easy to meet people in Eichstätt! By the way, the KU’s “living room” is the Theke, a bar run by students for students. Here, people meet for parties, jam sessions, karaoke evenings or a cozy round of table football.

A small town also means short distances: The library, the swimming pool, the cinema or the supermarket – everything can be reached in a few minutes on foot or by bike. The town is located right in the heart of the Altmühltal natural park – a real paradise for climbers, canoeists, hikers and cyclists just around the corner.

Should you still reach a point when you feel too cooped in, you can breathe big city air easily near Eichstätt. Ingolstadt with its 135,000 inhabitants is only a few kilometers away and offers a variety of shopping and nightlife options.

The location

Ortsschild Eichstätt
University town of Eichstätt
Bootsfahrer auf der Altmühl
Canoeing on the Altmühl river
[Translate to Englisch:] Biergarten
Relaxing and celebrating in beer gardens

Eichstätt and the surrounding Altmühltal natural park are not only a popular destination for culture enthusiasts and nature lovers, but also for cyclists, climbers, canoeists and fossil collectors. Located between Munich and Nuremberg, the city impresses with its Baroque setting and southern flair combined with modern and prizewinning architecture as well as a broad variety of cultural offerings and leisure activities. 

The Baroque park at the heart of the campus and the nearby banks of the Altmühltal river are the KU’s “green living room”. Another big advantage: all University facilities are just a short walk away from each other.

More on the study location Eichstätt

Advisory Service

Some offers and study conditions are different for international students – our International Office is happy to provide help and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our team. We are happy to accompany you on your way to the KU and hope that we can welcome you in person soon!

David Guevara
David Guevara
Coordinator Welcome Services and International Campus
Building Domplatz 8  |  Room: DP8-203 | Campus Eichstätt


Fachhochschule entrance qualification
no pre-study internship required for winter semester 2022/23
Language requirements
Application period winter
May 01 - Jul 15
Admission restriction
Selection procedure

The application process for international applicants is now completely digital. You can register online in our application portal and carry out and submit your application. After you have carried out the application and uploaded your documents, you do not need to send your documents to us again by post. You do have to submit certified true copies only if you are admitted at the time of enrollment.

Depending on the course of study, you may be asked for information on internships, professional experience, etc. Please upload the relevant documents in the upload area for all the information you provide, even if these are not mandatory fields!

Before you start the application process, please read the additional information on this page, in particular the information on the respective (German) language requirements and university entrance qualifications.