Dear international students,

The University of Trier is, by German standards, a mid-seized university with approximately 15,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate level. The University has faculties in all major subject areas, but is known in particular for its research and teaching in the areas of human services, social sciences and humanities. It is a fully accredited university within the German system and is widely recognized for excellence across Europe.

The University of Trier is delighted that you are interested in studying in one of the most beautiful regions in Germany for your exchange program. Besides the fact that you would be living and studying in the oldest city of Germany, birthplace of Karl Marx as well as rich Roman history and culture, there are quite some professional reasons for exchange stay at the School of Social and Organizational Pedagogy at the University of Trier.

School of Social and Organizational Pedagogy at the University of Trier (Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft) focuses on its undergraduate and graduate program on various fields of practice with Child and Youth Care being one of the most important ones.

During each summer term (mid-April until mid-July) at least three courses in the undergraduate program are taught in English. Possibly, there will be courses taught in English in winter term (mid-October until mid-February). Please check back with the Coordinator Philipp Annen.

Module VIII Social Pedagogy – Recipients of Social Pedagogy:

From youth to adult homelessness – taught by Philipp Annen M.A.

Content: Homeless people do not quite fit in with the image of a state-of-the-art, developed welfare state. Nonetheless, there are people in Germany, who fall through the grid of social assistance and live on the street, in emergency accommodation or for a short time with changing friends or relatives without a secure living space. We will take a look at the transition from youth to adult homelessness, discuss current social policy and observe practical social work with the homeless.

Modes of Participation: active participation, preparatory readings, presentations


weekly pattern (mondays from 12.00-14.00; Start on 06.05., End on 08.07.)

Excursion into the field (appointment will be arranged during the course)

Module X Social Pedagogy – The Social Pedagogy of Transitions

Migration. Coping with Transitions – taught by Vertr. Prof. Dr. Caroline Schmitt


Content: Migration processes are accompanied by multiple transitions, which have to be coped with by the actors. Using selected examples, the seminar provides an insight into historical and current migration processes. On the basis of the situation of young refugees in Germany and the historical example of the 'GDR children from Namibia', we will discuss and analyze coping requirements in migration as well as challenges for social service providers and professionals in the field of social work.


Modes of Participation: active participation, preparatory readings, own research



29.04. (Monday)

8.30 – 10.00

10.05. (Friday)

9.00 – 17.00

11.05. (Saturday)

9.00 – 17.00

17.05. (Friday)

8.00 – 10.00


Module II Cultures of Profession

Inter- and transnational Social Work. Beyond a national lense – taught by Vertr. Prof. Dr. Caroline Schmitt


Content: Social work is influenced significantly by cross-border developments. Globalization, poverty, migration, and refugee movements may shape the lives of addressees. Border crossing is an ambivalent phenomenon. It can be an expression of self-fulfillment and also a 'last resort', a strategy to reduce poverty. It can open opportunities and broaden one’s own space of action, but it can also put high coping demands on people, burden and overwhelm them. In this seminar, we examine the lifeworlds within the inter- and transnational fields. By doing so, we consider both, the need for support as well as the agency of people. Throughout the seminar, we will discuss different concepts of inter- and transnational social work that go beyond the frame of a nation state.


Modes of Participation: preparatory readings, active participation, poster presentation, fish bowl discussion.



03.06. (Monday)

8.30 – 10.00

07.06. (Friday)

9.00 – 17.00

08.06. (Saturday)

9.00 – 17.00

28.06. (Friday)

8.00 – 10.00

For further information please feel free to contact our Erasmus coordinator Philipp Annen ( or the appropriate member of staff at the International Office Carsten Kluger (