Exchange program — Empowerment

International Social Work student attends a international classroom linked to Empowerment exchange program.
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The program starts 1 February 2025

Want to contribute to social change together with fellow students in an international classroom? Like to deepen your knowledge and skills in Social Work? And learn how to use creativity when working with people? The Empowerment exchange program gives you all that and more!

Why Empowerment?

Work on a concrete design question

Work together with organizations who have a concrete desire for change in their field of work. Tackle the issue using Design Thinking and a project-based approach.

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Use creativity in Social Work

Which creative medium will you choose? Sports and Experience, Language and Sound, Visual Storytelling or Drama and Dance? Each course combines theoretical background with practical application.

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Work on your communication skills with actors

Actors will join your classroom to practice your communication skills. By using strengthening interviewing you'll learn about empowerment and how to work with people who want to change, but don't know how.

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Study with classmates from around the world

The students in our program are socially committed and actively engaged in societal issues. The strong student community is welcoming for all.

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Gain theoretical knowledge

Follow courses in 2 academic disciplines, where theory is directly linked to social work practice. Disciplines are: Sociology & Psychology or Philosophy & International Law.

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Quick facts about the Empowerment exchange program

    16Contact hoursaverage per week
    16Hours project-based learning in a groupaverage per week
    20Nationalitiesaverage per year in our exchange program
    30ECTS creditsEuropean Credit Transfer System


The concept of empowerment is central to this exchange program. In particular, a strength-oriented and connective approach. Throughout the semester, you develop your professional identity, based on acquired knowledge and skills. You work on social innovation by conducting a study based on the empowerment framework at micro, meso and macro level. 

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School of Social Studies

As a professional, you have to deal with complex social issues. Issues like healthcare, quality of life, social quality and loneliness. But also parenting, inclusion, poverty and aging. Working on these issues requires groundbreaking and creative thinking and acting. That’s what we do here at the School of Social Studies. 

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Why study in the Netherlands?

The Netherlands has a large population of international students so you won’t feel alone. In fact, 1 in 10 students is an international student. Why do so many international students come here? Because the Netherlands has excellent, affordable higher education. It also has a thriving economy (18th in the world) so there are plenty of job opportunities. What’s more, the Dutch are open-minded and almost everyone speaks English.

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Discover the city of Arnhem

Arnhem is the green and bustling capital of the province of Gelderland. With a population of around 160,000, the city has plenty to offer. Whether you’re into fashion or history, museums or pubs, concerts or nightclubs. And with its lovely green surroundings, you can also enjoy nature at its best.

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    Ruitenberglaan 26
    6826 CC Arnhem
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What topics do you learn about? Which learning methods are used? And how are you assessed? 

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