Master of Arts in International Social Work with Refugees and Migrants


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Program Description

The Master's program "International Social Work with Refugees and Migrants" is an application-oriented, consecutive, in terms of content and sharing internationally oriented English-language study program.

This course of studies is aimed at potential students who want to make a contribution through academic application oriented qualification in the field of Social Work, in order to

  • support and empower refugees and immigrants within a national context, as well as to foster their integration into the host society or the intercultural opening of basic services and public administration; this is especially aimed at winning foreign experts and their respective linguistic, cultural and religious backgrounds for Germany’s Social Work;
  • take on and organize assistance for refugees in hotspot asylum centers of the European Union or refugee camps of the UNHCR in regions of origin and transit within a European and international context, to ensure orderly access to the protection of refugees and to give a perspective to the people affected within such facilities.

Against the background of the geographical and political situation of the country as well as the high numbers of refugees in Jordan, it is possible to specifically and application-oriented convey planned course contents.

The program provides professional, social and profession-related competencies for the field of action of social work with migrants and refugees in the international and national context. Based on empirical findings and theoretical references, students are qualified in intercultural, legal, educational and psychological terms, to implement solution-oriented action for the special situation of refugees and migrants and to develop it. They are enabled, to operate in the area of policies of local as well as international actors. The professional grasp of social work in the context of migration will be thus further developed.

Due to its international orientation and cooperation with universities abroad, this masters degree program at the FHWS fosters human and professional exchange with the countries of origin and with the transit regions, and thus qualifies also for work on site and in the international context.

Course Structure

1. Semester

  • Module 1.1 Refugees and Migration Studies & Organisations and Structures
  • Module 2.1 International, European and National Migration and Refugee Law
  • Module 3.1 Intercultural Competencies & Gender Sensitive Social Work in the Migration Society
  • Module 3.2 Communication & Counselling in the Migration Society
  • Module 4.1 Social Work with Children and Adolescents
  • Module 6.1 Practice Project I: Planning & Accompanying Research (optional in the area of origin)

2. Semester

  • Module 1.2 Refugee and Migration Politics & Volunteer Management
  • Module 2.2 Human Rights & Private International Law
  • Module 3.3 Radicalism Prevention & Transformation
  • Module 5.1 Foreign Language (Intensive Course)
  • Module 5.2 Social Work with Refugees and Migrants in Area of Origin and Transit Countries
  • Module 6.2 Practice Project II: Evaluation & Implementation (optional: in area of origin)

3. Semester

  • Module 3.4 Diversity, Inclusion, Intercultural Opening
  • Module 3.5 Dealing with Illness & Traumata
  • Module 4.2 Social Work with Unaccompanied Minors
  • Module 3.2 Master Thesis

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor degree or diploma in the study program social work, welfare, welfare work or social pedagogy with an overall score of 2.5 or better and at least 210 credit points, or a qualitatively equivalent university degree; with a qualification of at least 180 CPs, the missing 30 CPs can be made up subject to certain conditions.

  • Applicants, who have acquired their study program qualification at a non-German language institution, must provide proof of sufficient knowledge of German (language proficiency level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the Council of Europe or higher) in order to be admitted; enrolment takes place in this respect subject to the condition that proof is provided by the end of the second semester.

  • Sufficient knowledge of the English language in speech and writing is recommended.
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