African Studies (Bachelor)

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You are interested in Africa? During your studies, you will get to know the dynamic and diverse continent and its societies beyond the clichés prevalent in Europe. Thinking outside the box and looking beyond your own horizons allows you to critically analyse Africa in a global context and thus better understand its less known aspects.

With us you will learn African languages and deal with languages and literatures, history and societies of Africa. Interdisciplinary approaches in the individual courses invite you to work in a topic-centered way and to choose your own area of interest.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 697

6 Semesters / 180 ECTS credits (including 60 ECTS credits of extension curricula)

Language: German

NO entrance examination


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Data updated on: 23.11.2020

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


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 African Studies comprises an Introductory and Orientation Period (Basics of African Studies), an Emphasis Phase, a period focusing on language acquisition and a period of specialisation.

Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • African languages
  • Oral literature
  • Diaspora
  • Colonialism
  • Sociolinguistics

... 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

Graduates have active (spoken and written) language competence in a supra-regional common African language as well as fundamental knowledge of the methods and subjects of African linguistics, literature and history. Potential employers of graduates of the bachelor’s programme in African Studies include:

  • academic research institutions
  • publishers
  • museums, archives, documentation centres
  • companies active in Africa, as well as
  • international and national governmental and non-governmental organisations.

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.

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 2.0 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.2 (appropriate)

→ These results are basd on feedback from 19 graduates.

*Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the bachelor’s programme in African Studies graduation survey (in German).

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).

3 years after graduation ...

  • 62% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed in Austria.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,511 gross/month.
  • 9% of graduates work in the public administration sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "Social Sciences, Journalism and Information".