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Certificate Course “Social Work Among Refugees (in German only)”

The certificate course “Social Work Among Refugees” focuses on applied social work with refugees and is an extra-occupational programme for advanced training. You will acquire new social working skills in the context of refugee and migration policies. Co-working with host societies will also be a topic.

Besides specialised and practical skills from the subject areas of inter-culturalism, pluralism, vulnerability, psychology, pedagogy and law, course participants will gain deepened inter-disciplinary knowledge about the relationship between flight and migration and relevant international structures, stakeholders and organisations. You will acquire the ability to work independently, as a coordinator or head of a group, in the fields of flight, migration and integration. You will face a resource-oriented way to get involved in your society on one hand and to promote cohesion on the other, and you will learn how to identify and persue sustainable courses of action.

At a glance

Type of course: Certificate course

Admission requirements: Yes (see below)

Language of instruction: German

Diploma: Academic certificate 30 ECTS

Start: Winter semester 18/19

Duration: 12 months, extra-occupational

FHWS Location: Würzburg

Faculty: Faculty of Applied Social Sciences (FAS)

Costs: €2,500 (full programme: Modules 1 - 6); It is possible to take single modules


Please use our online application form to submit your application for the certificate course in Social Work Among Refugees.

The number of participants per course is limited to 30.


  1. New focus: Impact of the legal status

    The Deutsche Jugendhilfetag (Conference on Youth Welfare) in Düsseldorf in late March showed the impact of the legal status of migrants on effective social work. This result was integrated into the module:

    “International, European and National Migration and Refugee Law”


  2. Important: Intercultural Skills

    No matter if multicultural society or German “Leitkultur”, the integration of 1.1 million migrants in 2015 alone can only succeed through intercultural skills acquired by the specialised workforce. Intercultural Skills can be acquired through the module

    „Intercultural Skills/Reflexivity  and Gender-Sensitive Social Work in Migration Societies“.


  3. Language as the key to integration

    The success of practical approaches in recent years shows how clear language can facilitate integration. Various projects of this certificate course investigated where and how the German language was acquired. This course offers further qualification for schools, enterprises and living environments through the module

    “Communication and Counselling in Migration Societies”.


  4. Avoiding all risks: Providing Effective Youth Welfare and De-Radicalisation

    There are new scientific results, answering the question of integrating refugee care into existing youth welfare projects or specific refugee projects. What we want to achieve is successful integration of refugees into schools, work environments and society. Effective youth welfare is taught through the module

    “In- and Out-Patient Welfare for Children and Youth in Migration Societies”

    To tackle possible radicalisation tendencies in Bavaria, the “Network for Prevention and De-Radicalisation” was founded. An important pillar of this network is the “Competence Centre for De-Radicalisation” established by the State Office of Criminal Investigation of Bavaria. The Federal Government supports the prevention of violence through the programme “Live Democracy”. The Youth Welfare module is addressing this relevant topic.


  5. New Diagnostics for Refugees in Youth Welfare

    Since 01/11/2015, unaccompanied minors are taken into temporary custodial care after their arrival (§42a SGB VIII). The short timeframe requires a specialised clearing procedure, which should be improved after the distribution

    of refugees. You will receive a special qualification through the module

    “Youth Welfare for Unaccompanied Minors”.


  6. Refugees with mental illnesses require qualified help

    The number of refugees with mental illnesses is drastically higher than among the general population. < link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-1-4614-8918-4_7 _blank - "Understanding the Mental State of Refugees - Trauma, Stress and Cultural Context: Study by Ellis et al.">Among refugees, the number of people suffering from anxiety, depression or PTSD is ten times higher according to studies . What causes illnesses of this kind are not only the brutal and dramatic experiences suffered in their home countries or while fleeing, but also their new lives in completely different countries and cultures. This module teaches how to provide qualified help:

    “Handling Illnesses and Trauma”.

    The “Würzburg Model”, which was created in co-operation of Youth Welfare Service, Schools and the Psychiatry for Children and Youth“ is discussed in the Youth Welfare module.

    For further information, please see the Handbook of Modules.

Target Group & Admission Requirements

We focus on social workers, social education workers, educators, social care workers, and teachers, who already work in the field of Social Work Among Refugees. The requirements of working with refugees are as diverse as the target group itself, and are often not met by basic educational programmes or job trainings. Therefore, many workers in this field ask for an additional qualification for their work which is both demanding and practice-oriented. Here, this certificate course comes into play. It mainly focuses on the greatest challenge currently in this area: Care for unaccompanied minors.

Admission Requirements

  • A degree obtained at a German university in one of the following programmes: social work, social services, social education work or similar, with subsequent and relevant qualified work experience of at least six months in full-time; the Examination Committee will decide upon comparability and equivalence of the degree in accordance with Article 63(1) of the Bavarian University and College Act (BayHSchG).


  • A completed vocational training as educator, social care worker or similar, with subsequent and relevant qualified work experience in full-time of at least two years.

Your contact for the Social Work Among Refugees certificate course:

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Marina Wetterich
Room R.0.05
Randersackerer Str. 15
97072 Würzburg
Phone +49 931 3511-8475
E-mail: marina.wetterich[at]fhws.de