Motives are essential factors influencing the choice of a course of study. However, there are barely any current publications concerning the research of choice for the study
“Soziale Arbeit” (social work and social pedagogy). This study quantitatively investigates students' motives affecting the decision to study “Soziale Arbeit” at the FH Campus Wien by analysis of questionnaire data. The purpose of this investigation was to survey the impact of both intrinsic and extrinsic motives. It can be determined, that intrinsic motives are credited with distinctively higher importance compared to extrinsic motives. Further results refer to the students' gender, full time or part time program, and current semester. Finally, a project proposal based on the research results is presented, which, in consideration of the curriculum, should advance professional practice and enable the students to perceive the diversity of application fields within social work.