Chinese Studies (Bachelor)

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The bachelor’s programme in Chinese Studies at the University of Vienna aims at imparting basic knowledge of modern standard Chinese and fundamental knowledge in three areas of specialisation: Chinese history and society, Chinese literature and culture, as well as Chinese politics, law and economics since the beginning of the 20th century.  Moreover, it strives to introduce students to central questions, theories and methods of modern Chinese studies.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 611

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 Chinese Studies consists of an Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP), comprising the modules Introduction to Modern Chinese and Introduction to Chinese History, Literature and Politics, as well as the compulsory modules Pre-Intermediate Chinese, Basic Knowledge of China and Applied Academic Research and Writing. To successfully complete the programme, students have to write a bachelor’s thesis.

Five Concepts

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

  • Chinese characters
  • Politics and environment
  • Chinese dynasties
  • Societies of Greater China
  • Chinese literature

 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:

  • transnational cultural and educational work
  • tourism
  • mass media
  • diplomatic service
  • national and international organisations (development policy)
  • academia
  • bilateral economic relations and international corporations
  • companies in the Chinese cultural area and
  • consulting.

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