Jewish Studies (Bachelor)

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The bachelor’s programme in Jewish Studies aims at providing an academic pre-professional education. It imparts knowledge of Jewish history, culture and literature, and Judaism from its origins until the present day. The programme aims at developing students’ language proficiency in Hebrew. A prerequisite for successfully completing the bachelor’s programme is language proficiency in Latin by the end of the programme.  Previous knowledge of Hebrew is not a prerequisite.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 639

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

Language: German

NO entrance examination


new Curriculum - starting winter semester 2019/20


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 Jewish Studies consists of an Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP) including the modules: Principles of Thinking in Historical and Cultural Studies, Introduction to Jewish Cultural History and Biblical Hebrew for Jewish Studies Students; and of the compusory modules; Academic Methodology; Hebrew; History, Culture, Literature and Religion of Judaism; Main Sources of Jewish Cultural History and the Module chosen according to interest: Jewish Cultural History. In the course of the Final Module the students have to write a bachelor's thesis.

Five concepts

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

  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Rabbinic period
  • Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Kabbalah
  • Zohar

 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 of the bachelor’s programme in Jewish Studies have the opportunity to work in different occupational fields related to history and culture, such as

  • in media;
  • at libraries;
  • at museums;
  •  at cultural and religious 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