Social Work – distance learning BASA online (Bachelor)

Brief overview

DegreeBachelor of Arts (B.A.)
DepartmentDepartment of Social Work
Special type of studyexecutive, online, part-time
IntakeWinter semester & summer semester
Standard period of study8 semesters
Language of InstructionGerman
Semester fee
CharacteristicsStudy material fees: €65 for each online module (a maximum of €195 per semester)

Requirements and enrollment

Admissions restrictions No local entrance restrictions
Pre-study placementNo
Additional entrance requirementsOccupation:
You must have three years’ experience working in the social sector (at least 19 hours per week) before pursuing this degree programme.

You must also perform relevant work (at least 15 hours per week) during the degree programme.

Selection procedure:
Before you can enrol for the online Bachelor programme in Social Work (BASA online), you must first pass a selection procedure. This procedure involves a written application, a computer skills test, and a selection interview. For more detailed information about the admission procedure, please visit our website.

Term of application terminates 01.06.2024.
EnrolmentOnce you have passed the selection procedure, you can apply to enrol online from 16 July 2024. The registration period ends on 15 September 2024.

Detailed description of the degree programme

In social work, you will face the social problems of an increasingly complex society. You will develop and coordinate support programmes, and will help people in difficult life situations to cope with everyday life. Expert knowledge is required to achieve this. If you would like to develop your skills in the social sector without having to give up paid employment, our part-time BASA online programme is ideal for you. A high proportion of online teaching and mandatory attendance in blocks will enable you to combine work with study.


The study programme will enable you to learn the professional skills required for all areas of social work. The courses we offer focus initially on knowledge spanning all fields of work. You will learn the basic knowledge required in your profession and will become familiar with contemporary expert debates. You will learn how to substantiate your professional work, to reflect on your actions as a social worker, and to communicate with others about information, ideas, problems and solutions. At a later stage, you will extend your specialist and methodological skills by choosing a core activity. Examples of core activities include social work with children and youths or with the elderly, intergenerational work, rehabilitation, education or working with delinquents. At the end of the programme, you will be able to continue learning and to engage in discussions on the topic to a largely autonomous extent.

Occupational fields

Do you want to pursue a degree because your employer has offered you the prospect of a management function? Or because you would like to change to a different field of work? Or perhaps because you need to underpin your career or you feel underqualified for your area of responsibility? Our degree programme will prepare you for a wide range of tasks in social work, such as:

  • Youth welfare, educational support
  • Disability assistance
  • Addiction counselling, social psychiatry
  • Work with migrants
  • Children and youth work, child protection
  • Social services
  • Social planning, social management
  • Adult education
  • Geriatrics
  • Social rehabilitation
  • Debt counselling
  • School social work

If you complete the necessary blocks of practice during your studies, you will also receive state recognition as a social worker/pedagogue with your Bachelor’s degree certificate. Your Bachelor’s degree will also enable you to pursue a Master’s programme. Our department offers the following Master’s programmes:

  • Social Work and Research
  • Youth Welfare
  • Social Management
  • Clinical Casework
  • Counselling, Mediation, Coaching

Content and course sequence

BASA online is a part-time programme involving a workload of around 20 to 25 hours each week. The study duration is eight semesters. In addition, you must perform relevant work for at least 15 hours a week throughout the degree programme.

Our study concept combines periods of mandatory attendance with virtual learning.

In online seminars (approximately 75% of the programme), you will gain expert knowledge of the theory and practice of social work, and of the academic disciplines related to it, such as education science, psychology, sociology, law, medicine and economics. You will learn the course content during private study and/or in a small group, enabling you to engage in constant exchange. Our teaching staff will support and accompany you via the internet. Study materials and communications tools (forums, chat rooms, email, live classroom, etc.) will be provided on an online learning platform.

During mandatory attendance seminars (approximately 25% of the programme), you will learn course content involving practical exercises, intense reflection and direct communication. You will learn how to develop concepts, implement projects and design counselling settings. Six mandatory attendance seminars are held each year, lasting all day, on three consecutive weekdays.

You will study as a member of a study group, enabling you to support each other and engage in exchange throughout the programme. A predefined course timetable and early scheduling ensure planning reliability. During the online seminars, you will be able to organise your periods of learning yourself to a great extent, enabling you to study whenever and wherever it suits you.

We offer this degree programme in cooperation with several German universities (BASA online alliance). At the in-depth study stage, you may select online seminars from other university locations.

Why choose us

Practical approach:

  • Reflection on practice and accompaniment of practice
  • Field trips
  • Practical project
  • Professional cooperation partners

International outlook:

  • Geographical flexibility for study abroad
  • Support programmes for international students
  • The possibility to complete a practical project abroad

Culture of teaching and learning:

  • Activating teaching
  • Self-organised study
  • Learning in small groups, including virtual learning
  • Tutor-supported introductory stage


  • Methods labs
  • Workshops
  • IT suites

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