„You want to study social work abroad? Come to Münster!“

„Learn and relax on our green campus.”

„Classes are held in English“

"Szybko zrozumialam, ze jestem we wlasciwym miejscu."

„Jag kände direkt att jag skulle trivas bra här.“

„Campus is in the centre of town.“

International Social Work – Spring semester April 2020 to end of July 2020

How do you work in different fields of social work and special education? International fields of social work such as migration, political crisis and processes of globalization play a mayor role in learning social work today. With the nowadays challenges for social work, it is safe to say that international qualification in social work become more essential than ever. And that is why you will be profiting from our curriculum of “Social Work and Exclusion”. This summer semester will help gain knowledge, skills and experiences in social work practice and theory.

As an international student, you will form one group during the whole semester. You will study side by side with our local students and be a part of our small family campus. Also, you will be provided special support by student buddies and faculty members. Starting with a welcome week and taking part in a one-week excursion to Berlin, will highlight your studying with us.

Within the program, you can obtain up to 30 ECTS. Your learning outcomes will be documented in a transcript of records.

The seminar takes place in English.

Application Deadline: 30 November 2019

Our courses in 2020 are:

1) Emergency cases and crisis intervention in social work

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hülshoff

The course is designed for domestic and foreign students who want to deal with emergency cases and crisis interventions in practical social work. Particularly the course is dedicated to students planning an Erasmus semester abroad, an internship or a humanitarian mission abroad. Further it is open for all students with interest in international aspects of social work. Crises and emergency cases as well as assistance and crisis intervention are presented and discussed. Practical and concrete perspectives will be taken.

2) Domestic violence

Prof. Dr. Christiane Rohleder

The issue of domestic violence - in our context defined as violence in hetero- or homosexual partnerships – has gotten more and more public attention in Germany. In this course, we will discuss sociological approaches to explain domestic violence and its dynamics on the basis of English texts and studies, as there is more research in Anglo-American countries about this social problem.

3) Mediation

Prof Dr. Georg Albers

Mediation is a method for intervening in conflict-affected systems. It is the concept of conflict management. In this seminar, we will work on the theoretical knowledge base as well as on the practical implications for social work. The seminar requires the willingness for role-plays as well as for intensive casework.

4) Narratives in social work

Prof Dr. Georg Albers and Phd. Iryna Starovoyt (UCU, Ukraine)

Touching real aftereffects of political violence across generations in Germany and Ukraine.

5) A semiotic approach towards British youth-subcultures, cultural change, working-class and migration in Dick Hebdige's seminal study 'Subculture - The Meaning of Style'

Prof. Dr. Jochen Bonz

This seminar deals with the music and culture of punk, which is one of the most influential incidents in 20th century western popular culture, with long lasting effects on aesthetics and lifestyle. In his seminal study, 'Subculture - The Meaning of Style', Dick Hebdige (1979) offers an interesting interpretation of punk-subculture, a classic in cultural studies that will be read and discussed in this seminar.

6) Disabilities, developmental disorders and medical genetics

Prof. Dr. Swantje Notzon

The goal of this seminar is to discuss medical aspects of the most frequent disabilities and developmental disorders, e.g. down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. We will understand, why and how these disorders develop, with which typical symptoms they present, and what can be done to support people suffering from these disorders.

7) Poverty and social inequality – challenges for social work

Regine Müller, M. A. , Dipl. social worker

The seminar gives an overview on analysis on social inequalities and poverty in focusing both a German and an international comparative perspective. The seminar especially focuses on poverty and asks how poverty reflects unequal chances of life regarding economic, cultural and social participation in society in Germany and countries all over the world. The seminar will offer open discussion, professional reflection and basic knowledge on social inequality and poverty situations worldwide.

8) Social skills for transcultural Social Work

Michael Rölver, M. A., social worker

Based on practical experiences, students will reflect their own cultural identities and their relevance for professional capabilities. Intercultural learning is a process and a basis for the acquisition of practical skills.

9) Professional discretion and Social Work

Michael Rölver, M. A., social worker

Decision-making is a basic process in social work and inclusive education. Professionals decide how to approach their clients and how a particular case is treated. This seminar will discuss the degree to which discretion is necessary for social work and inclusive education and how it uses effects practice.

10) Reading competences as important cultural competences in the 21st century society

Phd. Anna Kowalska-Rozylo (guest lecture from KUL; Catholic University Lublin, Poland)

The framework of the seminar includes 7 main modules: 1. concept of reading competences, 2. hermeneutics of the text, 3. reading competences, 4. transcultural reception, 5. critical reflection of the media, 6. reading competences towards cultural heritage, 7.reading and writing as a self-expression. Each module will include a lecture part and exercises related to new knowledge on specific texts.

11) Practical Social Work in Germany

Dipl. Andreas Plenge, social worker

The students will explore social institutions in Münster and in its immediate vicinity. They will have the possibility to interview professionals and to compare and discuss the social work in Germany with the social work in their home countries.

12) Supervision

Prof. Dr. Martina Meyer-Schwickerath

In this course, international students will have the possibility to reflect the exchange, the study program and the visited institutions. Supervision will be held in a group with all international students.

Map overview locations in Northrhine-Westphalia: Aachen, Cologne, Münster, Paderborn
Map of Prinzipalmarkt Münster


Münster is a very young and green city. It is vital, international and characterized by its many students. Wherever you look you can see thousands of bicycles within the historic and pleasant streets passing the old Prinzipalmarkt on the way to the Aasee Lake. Münster is a city full of life and young people – you’ll experience a real feel-good atmosphere. Right in the middle of town you’ll find the Münster campus. On its green surroundings students meet to learn and relax – and to party, too. Unlike most university campuses Münster is not a vast maze, thus students can quickly make friends and feel at home. A new building with a state-of-the-art lecture hall and several seminar rooms offer perfect study conditions.

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KatHO NRW – open for international students from all over the world

In English, KatHO NRW is called Catholic University of Applied Sciences North-Rhine Westphalia. Social work is our main focus of teaching and research. We maintain departments in four cities in the West of Germany: Aachen, Cologne, Muenster and Paderborn. Muenster, a beautiful campus in the vibrant urban centre of Westphalia, is specialized in English study offers. The social work programme is open for all international students from the social sciences or related subjects, such as psychology, theology, health studies and social sciences. If you are a student from one of our Erasmus partner universities, you can apply for an Erasmus grant at your home university. Please contact your local Erasmus office for the nomination procedure. Students from outside the EU may apply for financial support from KatHO NRW. Please adress our contact persons.

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KatHO Münster

The around 900-student Münster Campus specializes in social sciences. Some 25 professors and 90 instructors teach degree programmes in social work, special education, network management, supervision, marriage, family and life counselling, and nursing. The professors and lecturers hold positions in committees in the social work profession. The school’s curricula has a practical purpose, with all students conducting applied research and completing obligatory practical studies during their studies. In addition, students receive interdisciplinary training in social work and special education – fields once quite different from each other but which today share many areas of overlap.

Picture of a female student in a library

Living in Münster:

We will support you in your endeavours finding an accommodation in Münster. There are many different ways to lodge: Private and public residence halls, appartments or shared flats with other students. In order to make your search successful we recommend to start looking for a room as soon as possible. Münster is a popular student city and you will not be the only one hunting for a room. Please contact our international office in order to develop a strategy for your search: Katrin Verhorst, k.verhorst@katho-nrw.de

Furthermore, you can find information on the following webpages:
Student services organization („Studierendenwerk“) Münster https://www.stw-muenster.de/en/studentisches-wohnen-en/bewerbung/online-bewerbung/#/
Bischöfliches Studierendenwerk Münster https://bsw-muenster.de/de/wohnheime__trashed/
Portal with room offers (shared flats)
1. www.wg-gesucht.de
2. www.studenten-wg.de
3. AirBnB.


Portrait Prof. Dr. Nathschläger

Contact person

Prof. Dr. Johannes Nathschläger

Scientific Coordinator for Internationalization

Katholische Hochschule Nordrhein-Westfalen
- Catholic University of Applied Sciences -
Piusallee 89
DE 48147 Münster

+49 251 41 767-15
Portrait Regine Müller

Contact person

Regine Müller, M.A.

Curriculum and academic counselling

Katholische Hochschule Nordrhein-Westfalen
Piusallee 89
DE 48147 Münster

+49 251 41767-64
Portrait Katrin Verhorst

Contact person

Katrin Verhorst, M.A.

Counselling for Incoming
and Outgoing students

Katholische Hochschule Nordrhein-Westfalen
Piusallee 89
DE 48147 Münster

+49 251 41767-71



- Catholic University of Applied Sciences -

International Office

Piusallee 89 | D-48147 Münster

Tel.: +49 (0)2 51 / 4 17 67 - 64 / 71

Fax: +49 (0)2 51 / 4 17 67 - 52

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