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At the end of this semester, you have insight in the concept of empowerment, you have gained project skills and conducted a social innovative PAR research based on an actual question from social work organizations.

Social Work Internationale Klas

The program in a nutshell

The courses in this semester contribute to a solid basis in your social work education. You learn about all aspects of the profession. Theoretical insights are illustrated with concrete examples, your creativity and ability to think out of the box is challenged and you will become more experienced in using empowerment techniques in conversations. You reflect on the empowerment philosophy and develop a vision on the profession of social work. Throughout the semester you will be working on a real assignment from an organization. Using design thinking you will be working on a proposal for improvement. 

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Choose your preferred course package

This exchange program offers 2 course packages. Choose your preferred package when you sign up online. We reserve the right to resign you to a different package due an inequal distribution of applicants. Note: it's not possible to combine courses from both packages.

Learning outcomes

What have you learned by the end of the program? You can: 

  • Work creatively with services users and their network.
  • Work in an innovative and creative way.
  • Design a project proposal and justify how you designed the process with the group and the people around them and what this contributed to the empowerment of this group.
  • Make use of practical insights and relevant literature related to social quality.
  • Reflect and account for your actions.
  • Describe the value of (international) social work.
  • Substantiate different theoretical approaches and have knowledge of various relevant scientific international perspectives.
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Students work on the following qualifications:

  1. Being actively open, making contact and picking up signals.
  2. Empowering people and their direct surroundings to actively shape their own and others’ wellbeing, development and social participation.
  3. Empowering people and their social networks to actively contribute to an inclusive, just society in which people’s wellbeing, development and social participation is key.
  4. Working with available means in an effective, efficient and transparent manner.
  5. Working in an enterprising, strategic and policy-based manner.
  6. Promoting the profession.
  7. Reflecting and developing one's own professionalism.
  8. Conducting research and improving the professional field.
  9. Cooperating from different roles.
  10. Making critical and ethical considerations.
  11. Thinking and acting creatively.
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Students as partners

Dutch way of learning

The atmosphere in a Dutch classroom is quite informal and your lecturers are easy to talk to. In fact, at HAN you’re seen as a partner in the learning process. Class sizes are small and your lecturers encourage you to actively participate in class. To ask questions and give your own opinion. They also stimulate you to be creative and to discover things for yourself.

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Orientation week

HAN International Intro

Get a good start to your studies during this week of orientation:

  • learn about living in the Netherlands
  • become familiar with the campus
  • get on board with your exchange program
  • make new friends!
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What about credits and grading?

At HAN we use the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, or ECTS. It’s the standard credit system used in higher education across Europe. How does it work? One credit = 28 hours of study. Think of contact hours. Time spent working on assignments. Preparing for exams.

One semester = 30 credits = 840 hours of study. To earn credits, you need to pass your exams. What counts as a pass? A grade of at least 5.5.

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What are the admission requirements? And how do I apply?

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