For current international students

Social Work Odense

The Department of Social Work in Odense welcomes a number of exchange students every year for practice placements.

How can I become a student at the Department of Social Work, Odense?

If you would like to be an exchange student at the department, you should first take a look at our international partners and see if your school is already a partner of ours.

Then contact your local international coordinator or international office at home and work with them to see how you can fit an exchange stay into your own educational programme and whether coming to Odense will work for your educational needs.

Once you have clarified your needs and when would suit you, your international coordinator can contact University College Lillebaelt and explore the options.

The Department of Social Work, Odense welcomes a number of exchange students every year for practice placements. We work hard to offer placements that are relevant to your educational goals.

However, only a limited number of placements are able to accept non-scandinavian speaking students because this requires both your supervisor and clients to be able to communicate in English, most often we succeed in finding a good placement.

How do you know our placements are good?

Danish students in the degree programme must complete two mandatory practice placement periods and there are very strict requirements for the content of the work and the level of instruction and supervision the student receives.

This means that all of our regular practice placement providers live up to high standards, and that we continuously work with them to evaluate and improve placement out comes.

And of course we offer international students the same practice placements, so we know you will have a quality experience. If possible we like to place Danish and international students together, so that they can also gain experience from working together.

To give you an impression of what we can offer, here is a look at what our Danish students’ placements include:

In the second semester the students complete two months of field studies in a social services department in a municipality or in a regional setting. The aim of these field studies is to become familiar with the political, organizational, economic and legal framework of social work.

The fourth semester of our degree programme includes a continuous assessed practice placement of 4 months. The aim of this placement is to acquire first hand knowledge and understanding of the varied functions social workers typically work with.

In addition, the student must acquire the ability to connect theoretical knowledge with practical knowledge and transform it into social work in action.

We are here!

The Department of Social Work, Odense is centrally located five minutes’ walk from Odense Banegårdscenter in a gently renovated former factory building. Inside, you will find a vibrant study environment ready to welcome you.

Our Mentor-committee welcomes new international students and will help you get to know Odense and the department. When you have questions, they can help you find answers.

You can use the IT labs and library, and the cafeteria offers food and snacks for hungry minds and bodies. On Fridays, students organise a typical Danish ‘Friday bar’, which is a social event for all students, organised for students and by students.

Language requirements for participation in the bachelor programme

If you would like to become a degree seeking student at the Department of Social Work, Odense the first and largest barrier will probably be our language requirements.

All tuition in the degree programme is exclusively in Danish, and international students must be able to prove that they can follow a programme taught only in Danish. For some Scandinavian students this will be an option, and we do have a number of Scandinavian students in the programme currently, but for most others acquiring the needed level of Danish in reading or writing is not possible.

If you are unsure about this requirement, please feel free to contact the international coordinator for clarification.

The Department admits 220 students a year to the bachelor programme. Admitted applicants are divided into two groups. One half begin their studies on 1 September in the year of admission and the other half starts on 1 February of the following year.

40 of the 220 students follow a special IT based bachelor programme which emphasizes labour market issues.

Entry qualifications for Danish speaking students:

One of the following admission examinations or equivalent:

  • Upper Secondary Education (“Gymnasium”) – including Faroese certificate
  • HF – Higher Preparatory Examination – including Faroese and Greenlandic certificate
  • HH – Higher Business School
  • Certain foreign certificates – please ask Ms. Didde Auring.

As the number of applicants exceeds the number of students admitted, fulfilment of the minimum entry requirements is no guarantee of admission.

Each application will be assessed individually, particularly, we are interested in relevant work experience, volunteer work showing community involvement, stays abroad, and your grade point average on your qualifying examination or certificate.

More Information

If you have questions about how your qualifications may be assessed, feel free to contact international coordinator:

Annie Klint


Phone: +45 6318 4721


Annie Klint

+45 6318 4721

About this page

This page is updated by Stephanie Sørensen June 23, 2015.