Korean Studies (Bachelor)

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The bachelor's programme in Korean Studies provides fundamental knowledge of the modern Korean language, as well as basic knowledge of the history, source studies, regional studies and culture, politics, economy and society of Korea. In addition, it aims to introduce students to central questions, theories and methods of modern research on Korea. Students acquire the following qualifications: basic active and passive skills in the Korean language, enabling them to engage in everyday communication, specialised discussions and an academic examination of Korean sources; a basic understanding of the processes taking place in modern Korea, in consideration of the country’s historical development; and the ability to reflect on the social development in Korea in a differentiated manner.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 671

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 Korean Studies consists of an Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP) and compulsory modules on the following subject areas: language competence; basics of Korean studies; history, source studies, regional studies and culture of Korea, politics, economy and society of Korea. To successfully complete the bachelor’s programme, students have to write two bachelor's theses. A study visit to Korea for one or two semesters is recommended and is usually supported by the Department as far as possible.

Five concepts

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

  • Korean language
  • Regional studies
  • Society of Korea
  • Korean history and politics
  • Korean popular culture

 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 can pursue a career in the following fields:

  • economic sector and trade
  • media, journalism and publishing
  • national and international organisations
  • educational institutions
  • archival work, librarianship/libraries
  • tourism
  • academia.

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