Cultural Differences and Transnational Processes (CREOLE) (Master)

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The joint master's programme in Cultural Differences and Transnational Processes (CREOLE) aims at equipping students with a profound understanding of the connections between local life-worlds and transnational, as well as global, social and cultural processes. On the basis of theories and practical examples, students receive an intensive and specialised education in the three subject areas of a) new identities, b) material culture and consumption, and c) visual culture. These topic areas are covered with regard to transnational processes, cultural diversity/difference and new community constructions.

Due to the offered courses and the recommended semesters abroad, English skills are highly recommended for study progress.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 656

4 semester / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German and English (highly recommended)

NO entrance examination



Instruction Language German

Please note that the official instruction language of this programme is German. When applying for this programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on A2 level.

Study Programme

The degree programme consists of compulsory modules covering the following subject areas: academic methods, history of theory and methods in cultural and social anthropology, and two thematic CREOLE modules. In addition, students have to complete an ERASMUS module, which they can complete either at the University of Vienna or at a university abroad. This is followed by two modules preparing them for their master’s thesis. To successfully complete the programme, students have to write a master’s thesis and pass a master’s examination.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Visual culture
  • Consumption
  • New identities
  • Diversity
  • Transnational processes

... and many more.

 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

Possible fields of activity for graduates are:

  • institutions preserving cultural heritage
  • management of social and cultural diversity
  • project design and management
  • lifelong learning
  • organisational research and consulting
  • international organisations.

Due to the degree programme’s thematic orientation and the opportunity to benefit from studying at partner universities abroad, graduates have a wide range of career opportunities within the EU and its associated states.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).