Japanology (Bachelor)

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Students of the bachelor’s programme in Japanology at the University of Vienna gain an understanding of modern Japan from a perspective of cultural studies and social sciences, based on Japanese language and scripts, as well as relevant historical foundations. Graduates of the bachelor’s programme have the following qualifications: language proficiency in written and spoken Japanese, intercultural competences related to Japan, ability to work with Japanese source materials, basic knowledge of Japan, history, society, culture, politics and economy.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 643

6 semesters / 180 ECTS credits (davon 30 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 Japanology consists of an Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP) and compulsory modules (Japanese in theory and practice; regional and cultural studies; basic knowledge of Japanese culture and society; politics and economy; intercultural learning and academic research and writing), as well as an internship. To successfully complete the programme, students have to write two bachelor’s theses. A study visit to Japan for one or two semesters is a valuable addition to the degree programme and is usually supported by the Department as far as possible.

Five concepts

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

  • Intercultural learning
  • Japanese language
  • Japanese culture and society
  • History of Japan
  • Japanese media

 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

The intercultural expertise acquired during the degree programme prepares graduates for a career in the following areas:

  • transnational cultural and educational work
  • museums, archives and libraries
  • tourism
  • bilateral economic relations
  • companies in the Japanese cultural area and international companies that are active on the Japanese market
  • consulting
  • media
  • diplomatic service
  • national and international organisations.

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