Exchange programme | Social Work
The Social Work Exchange Programme at campus Geel is part of the STAR-Track Programme
You're a people person
Social workers work with and for people by empowering them and contributing to their well-being. You are fascinated by what drives and motivates people, and by what you see happening in society and the world.
During this programme, we will train you to become a critical and confident professional in the specialisation of your choice:
- Social Work,
- Social Consultancy,
- Human Resources,
- Social-Cultural Work.
Our programme was ranked by the accreditation committee as one of the best programmes ever in all of Flanders!
After you graduate, you can make a difference in a wide range of sectors, such as schools, prisons, youth centres, companies, associations, outreach programmes, training centres, and government agencies.
Setting you up for success. Shine in a multidisciplinary team.
Did you know recruiters invite you based on your resume, but hire you based on your soft skills?
Experience High Impact learning in the STAR-Track. Develop your interdisciplinary and intercultural competences and grow into globally aware citizens and future-proof professionals.
Welcome to Geel, city of hospitality
Geel is known as the city of hospitality. Discover our innovation campus, enjoy the beautiful green surroundings or meet up with friends in the charming city centre.
Soak in the green open spaces on campus, meet other students in our international hub and lift off your international career.
- Exam regulations
- Personal coaching
Social Work at Thomas More campus Geel offers a range of courses that are taught in English and also organises work placements for international students with internationally oriented social work organisations in Belgium. In doing so, we try to give students the experience of what it actually means to be working in a social work environment in Belgium and to guide them as much as possible in this learning process.
Whereas in the past the programme was organised for international students only, it is now also offered to our (Belgian) degree students in social work. The programme is now an integral part of our internationalisation at home policy. We aim at integrating international students as much as possible in our own degree programme, so that foreign students benefit from having Flemish students in the course and our own students can learn from the international input.
Courses in English are offered both in the autumn term as well as in the spring term, so that we can accommodate international students at the campus all year.
Courses are taught by qualified staff of Social Work at Thomas More campus Geel. The programme also comprises a number of study tours, seminars and visits to organisations. Some lecturers will be invited as guest speakers.
The academic year in a nutshell
Below you can find an overview of the courses ( under reservation of changes), with the number of credits per phase. Credits express how many hours you need on average to process the subject matter (incl. lessons). Count about 25 to 30 hours for 1 study credit.
- We have explained the most important courses in a blue tooltip.
- Would you like to know the detailed content of each subject? Check the programme guide.
- All Vircamp courses are online*, together with other international students
Code ECTS Autumn Spring PROFESSIONAL SKILLS Building Bridges i Z15580 5 x Vircamp Social Work from an International Perspective* i Z11830 5 x Vircamp Social Exclusion and Inclusive Practices in Social Work* i Z13153 10 x Poverty theme study i Z15708 5 x Work placement in Field Organization i Z15567 TBD x Intercultural Communication in Social Work i Z13072 5 x Vircamp Community Work* i Z10701 15 x Intensive Programme i Z13073 5 x Building Bridges i Z15579 5 x Code ECTS Autumn Spring Work Placement in Field Organization i Z14434 TBD x FUTURE PROOF SKILLS Coaching Z14436 5 x Engineering for Society Z15946 3 x Ethics i Z15593 5 x Intercultural communication i Z14469 5 x Project Case i Z15589 5 x Startup Bootcamp: Climate Launchpad Z15947 3 x Survival Dutch i Z13456 3 x Survival Dutch i Z13455 3 x Code ECTS Autumn Spring PROFESSIONAL SKILLS Building Bridges i Z15580 5 x Vircamp Social Work from an International Perspective* i Z11830 5 x Vircamp Social Exclusion and Inclusive Practices in Social Work* i Z13153 10 x Poverty theme study i Z15708 5 x Work placement in Field Organization i Z15567 TBD x Intercultural Communication in Social Work i Z13072 5 x Vircamp Community Work* i Z10701 15 x Intensive Programme i Z13073 5 x Building Bridges i Z15579 5 x Work Placement in Field Organization i Z14434 TBD x FUTURE PROOF SKILLS Coaching Z14436 5 x Engineering for Society Z15946 3 x Ethics i Z15593 5 x Intercultural communication i Z14469 5 x Project Case i Z15589 5 x Startup Bootcamp: Climate Launchpad Z15947 3 x Survival Dutch i Z13456 3 x Survival Dutch i Z13455 3 x
There are no specific pre-requisites for this exchange programme.
The exams for the STAR-Track programme in the autumn semester are organised by the end of December. A large part of the subjects will be assessed through permanent evaluation.
During the spring semester, the exams are organised from the beginning of June during 3 weeks. Again, for the international courses, permanent assessment is usually used.
Yes, we care
During your exchange you can count on a whole support team to truly make you feel at home at Thomas More. The International Support Team, the International Office, your 'buddy', Student Services (STUVO), all of our lecturers and many more will personally guide you to ensure that you blend in from the beginning and prosper so that we help you to deploy and nurture your talents. You will never feel alone.
Are you passionate about people and interested in different disciplines and cultures? Do you aim high and have what it takes to make a difference? Are you ready to shape the future? Do you have an open mind? Do opportunities and challenges trigger you to do more?
Become a STAR @ Thomas More
STAR-track is a multi-disciplinary exchange semester in English. Team up with students with a different cultural and study background. A STAR semester consists of a total of 30ECTS which combines 15ECTS professional skills in your field of expertise (business) with 15 ECTS future proof skills of your choice.
More information in our webpage.
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- Application deadline
- 15 May (to start in September - STAR-Track Programme)
- 31st of October (to start in February)
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