The University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland Valais, School of Social Work in Sierre, the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Business Management and Social Sciences  (Germany), and the Department of Social Work at the Malmö University (Sweden) offer three two-week modules in “International Social Work” between July 2022 and september 2023. The aim of this specialisation is to reflect upon and compare international theories and practices on selected topics in social work in Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. It includes modules with students from other universities, innovative lectures in English, also by visiting professors of the participating universities, and institutional and/or agency visits.

International Social Work focusses on three aspects. Each of these themes is covered in a two-week module at one of the participating universities.

  • Module 1: Child Protection, 4th to 15th of July 2022, Sierre (Switzerland)
  • Module 2: Social Policies in Europe, 30th of January to 10th of February 2023, Malmö (Sweden)
  • Module 3: Religious and Cultural Diversities, 4th to 15th of September 2023, Osnabrück (Germany)

Active participation in all three modules is required. Additionally, students are asked to present a specific topic during each of the two-week modules and submit a written paper of 10-15 pages. The papers are evaluated by the professors of the home university. The oral presentations are evaluated by the participating professors of all three universities.