Korean Studies (Bachelor)

Picture of the Hwahongmun Gate of the Ancient Hwaseon Fortress.

© Rainer Dormels

The bachelor's programme in Korean Studies provides fundamental knowledge of the modern Korean language, as well as basic knowledge of the history, source studies, regional studies and culture, politics, economy and society of Korea. In addition, it aims to introduce students to central questions, theories and methods of modern research on Korea. Students acquire the following qualifications: basic active and passive skills in the Korean language, enabling them to engage in everyday communication, specialised discussions and an academic examination of Korean sources; a basic understanding of the processes taking place in modern Korea, in consideration of the country’s historical development; and the ability to reflect on the social development in Korea in a differentiated manner.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 671

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 Korean Studies consists of an Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP) and compulsory modules on the following subject areas: language competence; basics of Korean studies; history, source studies, regional studies and culture of Korea, politics, economy and society of Korea. To successfully complete the bachelor’s programme, students have to write two bachelor's theses.

A study visit to Korea for one or two semesters is recommended and is usually supported by the Department as far as possible.

Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Korean language
  • Regional studies
  • Society of Korea
  • Korean history and politics
  • Korean popular culture

... 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 can pursue a career in the following fields:

  • economic sector and trade
  • media, journalism and publishing
  • national and international organisations
  • educational institutions
  • archival work, librarianship/libraries
  • tourism
  • academia

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: 3.0 (satisfactory)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 2.7 (appropriate)

→ These results are basd on feedback from 25 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 Koreanology 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 ...

  • 59% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,345 gross/month.
  • 8% of graduates work in the retail trade sector.

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