With the support of the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union” the Consortium of Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania) (coordinator), Riga Stradins University (Latvia), the Catholic University in Ruzomberok (Slovakia), and the ISCTE University Institute of Lisbon (Portugal) presents the European Joint Master in Social Work with Children and Youth The ESWOCHY program is based on three pillars:
digital social work
The aim of ESWOCHY is to prepare highly skilled professionals to be leaders in the field of international, intercultural, and comparative social work with children and youth. The students will possess an educational and experiential foundation that combines theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledge, comparative international research, policy development, and the newest knowledge of using ICT in social work practice with children and youth.
The duration of ESWOCHY is 2 years (120 ECTS).
The theoretical study block is designed to train specialists with knowledge of national and European children and youth policy trends, human rights, and human diversity, able to plan, coordinate and innovate in social service, responding to the patterns of modern youth socialization, effectively organizing social work with various youth groups, career guidance and liberation of self-actualization and fulfillment. An emphasis is also on intercultural competencies such as intercultural mediation that ensure dialogue between different ethnic groups, enabling the education of society, especially children and young people, about other cultures. This helps to expand students’ abilities to work with children and youth in an international, multicultural perspective. Exceptional attention is on the digital social work and entrepreneurship skills of students. Internship “Scientific Research Practice” is an integral part of the study process and aims to help students to integrate theory, research-based knowledge, and practical social work strategies and skills, through different social work activities with children and youth developing cultural sensitivity and respect for diversities and enabling students to collect data for their master thesis.
Students will study in different Consortium Universities each semester:
1st Semester Mykolas Romeris University (LT),
2nd semester Riga Stradins University (LV),
3rd semester Catholic University in Ruzomberok (SK)
4th semester ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon (PT).
Student Eligibility Criteria
Minimum requirements for EMJMD scholarship holders
In order for a student applying for the Program to be taken into consideration, the candidate must comply with the minimum requirements with regard to administrative prerequisites, academic prerequisites, and language prerequisites.
Administrative prerequisites are:
Compliance with the application calendar and deadlines;
Submission of a complete set of required application documents in English language versions (certified English translation if required).
Academic prerequisites are:
Applicants eligible for the Program must be holders of a Bachelor’s degree/1st Cycle or of the equivalent University level higher education degree in the field of Social sciences. Graduates from other fields of studies can be admitted if their completed education is assessed by the Universities (Program Committee) as equivalent/sufficient.
Language prerequisites are:
Proficiency in written and spoken English at a B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CECR) duly confirmed by language certificates specified in the Call for Applications as per Point 2 of this Annex.
Applicants not awarded an EMJMD scholarship grant may be admitted in the Program as self-funded students on the condition that they:
meet all the requirements of the Program;
comply with visa requirements in the countries they intend to go to;
Pay the full tuition fee for the whole duration of the Program at enrollment.
Application Procedure and Required Documents
The application process will be entirely online.
Non-submitted applications, incomplete applications, and applications received after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration.
All completed applications will be recorded and archived to ensure full transparency of the selection process.
All the information can be found at ESWOCHY website.
Required documentation must be uploaded as digital copies and in English language versions. The required documents are:
A completed application form.
Curriculum Vitae (preferred format: Europass);
Motivation letter (max. 1000 words) including a description of the reasons for the application to the Program.
A scan of passport (a scan of the national ID will be accepted conditionally if the applicant does not have a passport at the time of application);
A proof of residence (residence certificate or a certificate from the applicant’s workplace, study institution, or training institution; certified translation to English);
A scan of an official Bachelor's degree diploma or other equivalent University level higher education degree diploma along with official supplement listing courses taken and the respective grades (certified translation to English).
Certificates of English language proficiency, at least B2 level of the CEFR, assessments of English language proficiency certificates equivalent to level B2: TOEFL Paper 513-547, TOEFL IBT 65-78, IELTS 5.5-6.0. The list of accepted certificates will be published along with the Call for applications.
Evidence of experience in the field of social work, voluntary work with children and youth, etc. (if any)
Proof of payment of the application fee.