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Theology/Social Work in a Cross-Cultural Context

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Bachelor of Arts

Standard period of study (amount)

8 semesters


Bad Liebenzell

Overview and admission

Study Type


Admission semester

Winter Semester only

Area of study

  • Social Work
  • Protestant Theology


Intercultural Theology/Mission Studies, International Cooperation, Interculturality, School Social Work, Youth Work


This study course, which is unique in Germany, combines social work and generall human scientific knowledge and competences with those of theological, missionary and intercultural. By interlinking the modules of social work over the entire study period with modules of Protestant Theology, Mission Studies, Pedagogy, Psychology, Sociology and intercultural issues, a fruitful cooperation of perspectives arises. A compulsory, six-month, internally supervised practical semester in social work at home or abroad, as well as the opportunity to spend a semester abroad are integrated into the study program. Structure of the program: A two-year foundation course teaches the basics of Social Work and Theology. In addition to compulsory modules, including Ethics, Sociology, Economics and Life and Social Counseling, the two-year main course includes the opportunity to choose from a wide range of elective and elective modules according to interests and professional goals. Furthermore, in the main course, a national or international focus is chosen. A special focus during the main course is on Intercultural Theology or Mission Theology. In the 5th or 6th semester, the program offers the opportunity to study abroad, for example at an international partner university of the IHL. Also the professionally supervised practical semester in social work at home or abroad takes place in one of these two study semesters.

Admission modus

open admission

Admission requirements (Link)

Admission requirements

1) The regulations for admission to a course of studies at an institution of higher education applicable to the state of Baden-Württemberg\\\; 2) At least one year of (voluntary) employment in a community, association or in a youth organisation\\\; 3) Affirmation of the IHL's objectives in terms of its basic principles, respect for the religious convictions of others and a readiness to examine the contemporary relevance of the biblical message\\\; 4) for foreign-language students the proof of sufficient German language skills 5) command of the English language, as some modules and various teaching and lecturing events the IHL take place in English

Lecture period

Application deadlines

Winter semester (2022/2023)

Application deadline for Germans and inhabitants


Deadlines for International Students from the European Union


Deadlines for international students from countries that are not members of the European Union


Enrollment deadline for Germans and foreign students


Tuition fee

The sponsor of IHL, the Liebenzell Mission gGmbH, offers the chance of a scholarship of EUR 1800.00 per semester.

Languages of instruction

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