Comparative Literature (Bachelor)

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The bachelor’s programme in Comparative Literature focuses on literary phenomena on a supranational level. It equips students with extensive knowledge of cultural history and the ability to analyse literary texts and relate them to other literary texts, art products and media. Students learn how to carry out research independently and acquire language skills in a second modern foreign language other than English.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 670

6 semesters / 180 ECTS credits (including 60 ECTS credits of extension curricula)

Language: German

NO entrance examination



Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study programme

The bachelor’s programme in Comparative Literature consists of an Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP), compulsory modules in the key subjects of the discipline and a group of elective modules, from which students have to select one (from the subject areas: comparative literature history, knowledge of world literature or applied literature studies). To successfully complete the programme, students have to write two bachelor’s theses.

Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Literary theory
  • Social history of literature
  • Reception history
  • Postcolonial studies
  • Digital humanities

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates have the opportunity to pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

  • academic work at universities and outside of universities
  • adult education
  • activities in book trade and publishing, e.g. planning and editing
  • work at libraries and archives
  • participation in editorial teams at different media and in cultural journalism
  • cultural management and international cultural transfer (exhibitions, readings, etc.)
  • consulting and development activities in the cultural sector (e.g. theatre dramaturgy, cultural politics).

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

Information about the Graduate Survey

Career Tracking of Graduates

The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates