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Bachelor's degree in Social Work (PL)

ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon

Program description

Social Work (PL)

The Curriculum of the Undergraduate Programme in Social Work, with the length of 3 years (180 ECTS), is characterized by wide range training.

It is composed of mandatory credits in the nuclear area (Social Work), optional credits in "soft skills" (6 ECTS), in "Social Problems" (18 ECTS) and free credits (12 ECTS). Students that completed with success all curricular units of the first two years, totalling 120 credits (ECTS) are awarded with the Diploma of Higher 1st Cycle Studies in Social Work (First Cycle Graduate Diploma in Social Work).

The undergraduate programme in Social Work is based on: the need to meet societal transformations (work and employment system, sociability and culture, relations State/Society, demographic dynamics) occurred in the last decade with great impact on the professional practice of Social Workers; and the emergence of new social themes including: new forms of poverty and exclusion, unemployment and mechanisms of economic integration, migration and multiculturalism, related social problems, increased importance of the territorial dimension and of partnership mechanisms and contracting of social policies, rationalisation demands and efficiency of social projects.


Information regarding COVID-19

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Portuguese government has temporarily closed all schools and universities from March 12th 2020.

In light of this, ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa will be suspending face-to-face classes and offering all programs remotely instead. For more information about this, please contact the university.

Program content

The undergraduate programme in Social Work is intended for students who have completed their studies in secondary school or equivalent, and who wish to pursue studies that will enable them to acquire skills in the field of:

  • social welfare;
  • poverty and social exclusion;
  • by working in public or private organisations doing design, programming, management, evaluation and implementation of public social policies, for example, social security services, local authorities, schools, prisons, community centers, social residences and residences for rehabilitation, adoption of children or children at risk, hosting migrants or refugees, support services at home, among others.

Tuition fees

Full tuition fee for EU students: 3190.41 EUR
Full tuition fee for Non-EU students: 16500 EUR

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ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon

Founded in 1972, the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) is one of the most prestigious public universities in Portugal, particularly focused on postgraduate studies and scientific research. It is organized in four schools: ISCTE Business School, School of Sociology and...

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ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon

Avenida das Forças Armadas
1649-026 Lisboa

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