Languages and Cultures of South Asia and Tibet (Bachelor)

Photo collage of people and their everyday life in South Asia.

© Universität Wien / Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde

The bachelor’s programme in Languages and Cultures of South Asia and Tibet aims at developing students’ basic competences in two or more selected languages of South Asia and Tibet from the past and present (classical Sanskrit and Tibetan, Old Indic, Prakrit, Hindi, Nepali, Modern Tibetan and additional relevant languages from the cultural area, depending on the current range of courses offered). It also familiarises students with the associated philological methods. Moreover, it provides an overview of: history of the language and linguistic anthropology, literature, philosophy and religion, culture and society, history and art of South Asia and Tibet, as well as subject-specific specialised knowledge in these areas.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 629

6 semesters / 180 ECTS credits (including 30 ECTS credits of extension curricula)

Language: German

NO entrance examination


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Data updated on: 05.01.2022

*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 Languages and Cultures of South Asia and Tibet consists of an Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP), a compulsory module on subdisciplines and an alternative group of compulsory modules. From the latter students have to select one language (Sanskrit, Classical Tibetan, Modern Indian, Modern Tibetan) as their first language and another language (Sanskrit, Classical Tibetan, Modern Indian, Modern Tibetan) as their second language. Afterwards, students complete an elective module on culture and an alternative compulsory module, which they can select from a range of six subject areas. To successfully complete the programme, students have to write two bachelor’s theses.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Historicity
  • Indology
  • Hagiography
  • Sanskrit
  • Nepali

... 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 are qualified to pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

  • university and non-university educational and research institutions, museums and libraries
  • cultural and educational work
  • publishing
  • journalism
  • diplomatic service
  • other occupations that require sound academic knowledge and intercultural competence in relation to Asian cultures.

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: 2.4 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3,1 (appropriate)

→ These results are basd on feedback from 7 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 Languages and Cultures of South Asian and Tibet 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 ...

  • 60% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,424 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".