Scandinavian Studies (Bachelor)

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The bachelor’s programme in Scandinavian Studies at the University of Vienna aims at equipping students with the necessary skills to systematically analyse Scandinavian languages and literature in the past and present, while also taking aspects of social science and cultural studies into account. Students acquire language skills in a Scandinavian language (Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian or Swedish) and familiarise themselves with Scandinavian linguistics and literary studies, as well as Old Norse studies. In addition, they have the opportunity to specialise academically, learn additional (also non-Scandinavian) Northern languages or familiarise themselves with Baltic Sea region studies.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 668

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 Scandinavian Studies consists of an Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP), modules on Scandinavian linguistics, the history of Scandinavian languages, Scandinavian literature studies, the history of Scandinavian literature and Old Norse studies, as well as a group of compulsory modules aimed at acquiring language competences in a Scandinavian language (Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian or Swedish). By completing groups of elective modules, students can specialise in certain subject areas, learn additional languages or familiarise themselves with Baltic Sea region studies. To successfully complete the bachelor’s programme, students have to write two bachelor’s theses.

Five Concepts

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

  • Scandinavian languages
  • History of language
  • Literary studies
  • Old Norse studies
  • Baltic Sea region studies

 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 occupational fields:

  • translation
  • institutions in the area of culture and tourism
  • public relations
  • international organisations
  • science and research.

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