Minor Programme

Practical Social Work and Practical Child Welfare

For English and Scandinavina speaking students we offer field education placement for both social work, social pedagogy and child welfare students. Depending on the need of the sending institution's program we can offer field placement comprsing of 10, 20 or 30 ECTS, in both semesters. For more information please contact Joakim Jiri Haaland


Faculty of Social Sciences

Social Sciences

10 to 30 ECTS


Spring 2020

Applicants must be approved by their own educational institution, and students who have completed three semesters at their home institution will be prioritised.


English, B1

The Courses

The Department of Social Studies at the University of Stavanger (UiS) offers two bachelor's programmes in the area of social work: child welfare officer and social worker education. The department accepts trainee students from other countries that offer a similar education to that provided in these two areas. Work experience in the relevant area is an important part of social worker education. Gaining experience and reflecting on practical professional work should be included in initiatives in which thinking and work methods in social studies are central.

During and after completion of the practical semester, the student shall, with regard to


  • Be able to document basic knowledge and have an understanding of the connection between theoretical and practical social studies/child welfare work
  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge of current social and welfare policies and legal provisions relating to organisation in the practical setting
  • Be able to demonstrate good knowledge of co-operation agencies that are relevant to the practical setting
  • Be able to give an account of knowledge and professional insight gained through co-operation with experienced practitioners, which is not described in the literature


  • Be able to apply professional knowledge and relevant experience from the practical setting as the basis for selecting an action
  • Be able to analyse the service user's situation
  • Be able to organise practical measures based on professional reasoning
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate own and others' professional practice
  • Demonstrate good communication skills when interacting with users
  • Be able to work independently and in groups on challenging, complex and extensive problems

General competencies

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of professional ethics that underpin social work practice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to utilise the expertise of other professional groups
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilise new ways of thinking
  • Demonstrate an analytical, critical and reflective approach to own and others' professional perceptions

How to apply


  1. Nomination Letter sent by email from your home institution to
  2. Online Registration Form
    You will receive the link to the online form by email after we have received your nomination. For students applying for the spring semester only, you will receive this link in September/October.
  3. Transcript of Records/Diploma from all university education (both bachelor’s and if applicable, master’s level) in English or in a Scandinavian language. The transcript/diploma must contain a description of the grading system. We can only accept official copies.
  4. Copy of your passport or ID card
    The required documentation must be sent in PDF or Word format to in PDF format. Write EXCHANGE followed by your name in the subject field. Example: EXCHANGE John Smith.'
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University of Stavanger


The University of Stavanger is situated on Norway’s south-west coast, surrounded by magnificent and diverse landscapes. The charming harbour city of Stavanger ranks as Norway’s fourth largest with approximately 130,000 inhabitants and is known as Norway’s “oil and energy capital”. The Stavanger region is Norway’s most productive area and has been the national hub for innovative industry for several decades, partly owing to the petroleum industry and partly to a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship which existed long before the oil age.

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