Languages and Cultures of South Asia and Tibet (Bachelor)

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The bachelor’s programme in Languages and Cultures of South Asia and Tibet at the University of Vienna aims at developing students’ basic competences in two or more selected languages of South Asia and Tibet from the past and present (classical Sanskrit and Tibetan, Old Indic, Prakrit, Hindi, Nepali, Modern Tibetan and additional relevant languages from the cultural area, depending on the current range of courses offered). It also familiarises students with the associated philological methods. Moreover, it provides an overview of: history of the language and linguistic anthropology, literature, philosophy and religion, culture and society, history and art of South Asia and Tibet, as well as subject-specific specialised knowledge in these areas.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 629

6 semesters / 180 ECTS credits (including 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 Languages and Cultures of South Asia and Tibet consists of an Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP), a compulsory module on subdisciplines and an alternative group of compulsory modules. From the latter students have to select one language (Sanskrit, Classical Tibetan, Modern Indian, Modern Tibetan) as their first language and another language (Sanskrit, Classical Tibetan, Modern Indian, Modern Tibetan) as their second language. Afterwards, students complete an elective module on culture and an alternative compulsory module, which they can select from a range of six subject areas. To successfully complete the programme, students have to write two bachelor’s theses.

Five Concepts

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

  • Historicity
  • Indology
  • Hagiography
  • Sanskrit
  • Nepali

     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 are qualified to pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

    • university and non-university educational and research institutions, museums and libraries
    • cultural and educational work
    • publishing
    • journalism
    • diplomatic service
    • other occupations that require sound academic knowledge and intercultural competence in relation to Asian cultures.

    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