Oriental Studies (Bachelor)

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The bachelor’s programme in Oriental Studies aims at providing an academic pre-professional education. Students achieve a range of educational goals, including: profound knowledge of the complex historical, cultural, social and linguistic realities of the Middle East as well as North Africa and Central Asia; basic knowledge of work in historical and philological disciplines; introduction to a selected Oriental language (Arabic, Akkadian or Turkish); competences in interdisciplinary cooperation and intercultural communication; and ability to critically evaluate different media.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 600

6 semesters / 180 ECTS credits (including 30 ECTS credits of extension curricula)

Laguage: 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

Following the Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP), students have to complete the group of compulsory modules Middle Eastern Studies and a group of alternative compulsory modules, part of which is a specialisation in either Ancient Near Eastern Philology and Archaeology, Arabic and Islamic Studies, or Turkish 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):

  • Cuneiform script
  • Mesopotamia
  • Cultures influenced by Islam
  • Arabic dialects
  • Ottoman Empire

 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.

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

  • integration and development cooperation
  • participation in academic research and educational institutions
  • activities at museums
  • adult education
  • tourism
  • media
  • international organisations.

Additionally, they are well prepared for work in other occupational fields that require profound knowledge of the cultural area defined above. During their studies, students have also acquired the necessary ability to use the most important modern technologies and media applied in the field and critically discuss them.

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