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  4. Social Policy and Social Work
  5. FH Vorarlberg/Dornbirn (A)
  6. Soziale Arbeit
2019 / 20
CHE University Ranking
Social Policy and Social Work, Department

Soziale Arbeit

Soziale Arbeit

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Basic information

Total number of students 200
Percentage of teaching by practitioners 48.0 %

Cooperative Education

Students in cooperative education 100

Support during the study entry phase

Score for offers before studies - Score 4/8 points
Score for offers at start of studies 11/14 points
Score for offers in the first year of studies 7/11 points
Total score for support in the study entry phase

Results of study

Graduations in appropriate time, undergraduate degrees 100.0 %
Graduations in appropriate time, master's 100.0 %

Job market- and career-orientation

Contact with work environment, bachelor's 6/10 points
Contact with work environment, master's 5/10 points
Bachelor theses in cooperation with work environment 100.0 %
Master theses in cooperation with work environment 100.0 %
Share of professors with work experience 50.0 %


Third party funds per professor 24.4

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support 2.0
Support in studies 1.8
Courses offered 2.7
Study organisation 1.5
Exams rank group not assignable
Job market preparation 2.4
Support during practical semester 1.8
Support for stays abroad 1.6
Rooms 1.3
Library 1.5
IT-infrastructure 1.8
Overall study situation rank group not assignable

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Further information provided by the department

  • Special features regarding teaching
    The FH Vorarlberg is closely networked with regional employer organisations in Social Work and therefore offers graduates good connections for their first job in the Vorarlberg region. Full-time and part-time lecturers are experts and are or were employed in in the field of Social Work. They have extensive practical experience and in-depth teaching knowledge. Our lecturers promote a stimulating learning environment. The curriculum of the BA is described as "generalist". The curriculum for the MA primarily teaches subject-specific and academic skills.
  • Special features regarding the international orientation
    Experts from the network of over 20 international partner universities are regularly invited to join the faculty (USA, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, South Africa, etc.). Our teachers are active in international networks (ERIS, European Centre of Clinical Social Work, EASPD, DGSA, OGSA, etc). In the fourth semester of the Bachelor's programme, students can take a voluntary semester abroad and/or incoming students from partner universities teach classes. The semester is held in English. Students attend international conferences in the Master's programme.
  • Common partner universities for exchange
    Karel de Grote Hogeschool,Belgium; University of Ostrava, Czech Republic; Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin, Germany; Metropolitan University College, Denmark; Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain; Tallinn University, Estonia; Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Greece; Magellan Exchange, USA; Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Netherlands; Jönköping University, Sweden
  • Special features regarding the equipment
    The FH Vorarlberg offers an innovative learning environment. Current, digital learning platforms, an excellently equipped library and support for technical issues (helpdesk for students) are provided as standard at the FH Vorarlberg.
  • Special features regarding research and development
    In the Bachelor's course of study, there is a general introduction to the field of research and empirical principles. Academic research skills represent a clear competence objective in the Master's programme: Research projects explore issues, the solution of which requires qualitative and/or quantitative methods of empirical social research. Research projects pursue a real social issue of social services in all relevant fields of action. Via the Research Centre for Social and Economic Research, projects are acquired and processed.
  • Integration of theory and practice
    Theory-practice transfer by teachers from the research centre for social sciences, research projects with real issues of social practice, involvement of students in externally funded research projects, student participation in conferences on research findings, exchange of research results in individual courses, theses on specific research issues with external system partners
  • Website with further information on research activities
  • Support for founders
    The 6th semester prepares students for their career entry through elective options. Master's students can choose the elective Company Start-up.
  • Characteristics of assistance to differently abled persons
    The FH Vorarlberg has a special office that provides assistance to students with a disability or chronic illness in order to create optimal conditions that allow for academic success.
  • Characteristics of diversity advancement
    At the Equal Opportunities office, students and staff receive advice, information and further training on equal opportunities, gender, diversity and family-friendly university (Austrian Award 2016). The student union also has a diversity representative. The coordination office for Studying and Diversity is geared to the educational requirements of people with a refugee and migration background and offers counselling, information and literature in several languages (e.g. Farsi and Arabic).
  • Other special features
    The innovative learning environment, the high quality of the lecturers and the work conducted in small groups foster and promote collaborative learning. The interaction and dialogue between students and lecturers with a clear focus on skills makes a course of study here particularly attractive. The proximity to Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany results in lecturers and students representing an interesting mix of nationalities. A close integration of theory with practice, consideration of current research as well as current socio-political discussions are an essential component of the teaching.
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Last update 2017: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education, Germany.
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