Information in English

Fachschule für Soziale Arbeit Alsterdorf is a vocational college, in Hamburg / Germany, training students to become carers for people with learning difficulties. The training we offer is a three-year, full-time course with a state recognised examination. It comprises educational and the physical aspects of care.

  • After their graduation our students will be able to work in many fields, e.g. as
  • care assistants helping disabled people who live in the community,
  • carers in residential facilities,
  • trainers in sheltered workshops or on the first labour market,
  • in day centers
  • in inclusive working Kindergardens or as
  • teachers’ assistants for children with disabilities in mainstream or special schools.

Our course consists of theoretical studies in education, social work, psychology, health, communication and ethics lessons. It also comprises practical studies like physical and health care – in the arts, music and movement – various optional courses which the students can choose to specialize in the different fields – projects in the community – three work placements in facilities, where the students work directly with the clients  (1st placement working with children, 2nd placement working with adults, 3rd placement at a care facility).

The 2nd work placement can be done abroad in facilities all over Europe (between 2 to 4 months, sponsored by the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme).

We have been working with partners in various European countries since 1998, enabling students from Fachschule für Soziale Arbeit Alsterdorf to gain intercultural and professional skills.

Within the last 20 years our school has successfully built up contacts to partners in Austria Denmark, Estonia, France, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Romania, Spain and the UK.

Information for partners:

You will receive a Learning agreement in which all details are mentioned and which has to be signed between the host, the students and the coordinator from our school.

It includes responsibilities such as the need of qualified Supervision for all long term students. (Graduates students don’t have to be supervised so tightly and will not be visited)

This should be carried out by:

-qualified staff members in the relevant language of the country or in English or German. It is important for students to be prepared to learn the relevant language before and during their placement.

– Our teaching staff supervises the progress of each work placement with our European partners via telephone, emails, fax, and usually even through a short visit to the partner facility.

The supervisor abroad and the tutor from our school have to keep in contact (phone / e-mail / fax) to discuss the student´s development at work (contact about once a month).

The tutor from our school will come once to talk to the supervisor and the student and to visit the institution. (A curricular framework will show all learning aspects in detail, please find it in the annex).

Students on foreign placements all took part in workshops preparing them for their work placement in Europe.

The students work full-time. (35 hours p. week / no night shifts).

The emphasis of the work placement should be on the practical work with the clients and not on administrative or organisational tasks. He/she should plan, carry out and assess at least one project with one client or a small group of clients by him/herself during the work placement.

The student is entitled to the full holidays of the school year (about two weeks – dates negotiable).

At the end of the work placement the supervisor has to write a short report, assessing the work and development of the student in respect to our curricular guidelines in an online EUROPASS ( ) Document. For this I will send you the LOG IN before the work placement ends.
For further information please don’t hesitate to contact me:

Astrid Madey
Tel.: + 4940 50 77 4218 FAX: +4940 50 77 38 07 Mobil: +4915202081543 E-Mail:


Click here for the  curricular-framework .