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Four-year Bachelor’s degree in Social Work & Development

Social Work & Development

The Faculty of Arts & Science, Social Work & Development Program (FAS-SW&D) offers an awe-inspiring generalist academic degree in social work and development. This academic program is tailored for those passionate in acquiring knowledge about social and human behavior and develop a wide spectrum of competencies to empower resilient individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities in diverse, multicultural and multilingual societies. Our future professionals are trained to conduct research and be resourceful agents of change to enhance the human development potential and capabilities of all participants.

Learning environment

SW&D offers a dynamic and challenging learning environment, where students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning. Teaching and learning are interactive and contextualized with numerous opportunities to work in groups, visit agencies, engage in volunteer work, community service and field practice. Case studies are often used to bring the local Aruban, regional and international situations into the classroom for critical discussion and mapping out solutions. We have small classes, supportive and dynamic lecturers, and diverse young and committed students.

Job possibilities

Graduates are offered exciting careers in a wide array of governmental, nongovernmental social service agencies, foundations and private sector organizations. Given our development perspective, our graduates are also trained to become human rights advocates and social entrepreneurs. Possible career opportunities include the following: school social worker, court social worker, substance abuse counselor, contributor to policy making and analysis & managing social service agencies and more.

Essential information

Admission requirements: VWO, HAVO, E.P.I. level 4, MBO level 4, Propaedeutic HBO, Colloquium Doctum, Bachelor degree in another field

Additional requirements: S.A.T. score ≥ 1200 or ≥ 890 (2016 S.A.T.), T.O.E.F.L. score ≥ 550.

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Cost of academic year: Awg. 2.500,- Cost of books: Awg. 2.000,- Class schedule: 2:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Essentials: Laptop/Tablet and the right attitude Start: End of August Registration: May 15 - July 15

Duration of study

4 years

Language of instruction


The key to succeeding on this journey will consist of having the right attitude, character and perseverance. Things might seem hard in the beginning, but where there is a will there is a way. Always remember one thing, hard work does pay off and don’t hesitate to seek assistance when facing academic challenges.

David Leer,
Faculty of Arts & Science, Social Work & Development Alumnus, Analytics Strategist

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