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Bachelor of Science in Social Work - Specialization International Social Work 180 cr

International social work entails work from an international perspective with people at three different levels – individually, in groups and in the community, covering issues such as human rights, social justice, children’s rights and respect for diversity.

Major challenges in a globalised world

Within social work there is an increasing need for international competence; social problems span across boarders and promoting wellbeing for all requires an international perspective. International social work deals with involving people and making an impact on structures, facing challenges in life and increasing well-being.

Theory and field studies

As a student of the Bachelor’s programme in social work, specialising in international social work, you will acquire an understanding of individuals, groups and society. Using problem-based learning you will learn how to combine theoretical knowledge with issues and problems in the social field. The programme includes placements in the field comprising 7.5 credits.

Wide range of job opportunities

A Bachelor degree in social work with specialization international social work gives the possibility of applying for a wide range of jobs all over the world. The programme prepares you for work in an international context with social work at individual, group or societal level. This could be in relation to issues such as social justice, diversity or children’s needs and rights and take place within for instance international aid organisations. The international Bachelor programme in social work is aimed at both Swedish and foreign students with the tuition being conducted in English. After the course you will receive a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. The programme also qualifies you for studies at an advanced level.

Study International Social Work in Sweden!

Luul from Sweden, Nebras from Syria and Lucky from Nigeria are all students at the International Social Work Bachelor programme at the University of Gävle. We’ve asked them to share their experiences. It ranges from being in an international academic environment to their first impression of snow.

Application deadline January 15!

Bachelor of Science in Social Work - Specialization International Social Work is an international programme with application deadline January 15.

Apply at www.universityadmissions.se.

For application autumn 2024


Application information


General entry requirements for higher education in Sweden and courses corresponding to the following Swedish Upper Secondary School courses:

  • Mathematics 2a or 2b or 2c
  • Social studies 1 b or 1a1+1a2
  • English 6


Form of study
Application *
Autumn semester 2023
Normal teaching
2023 - 2026

Number of participants: 30

Location: Gävle

Aplication code: HIG-19901

Language: English

Pace: Full-time

Selection: Grade/Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test: 60/40 %

*) The online application at Antagning.se opens approximately one month before application deadline.


For questions about the programme contact


Högskolan i Gävle
Box 801 76 GÄVLE
026-64 85 00 (växel)