Oriental Studies (Bachelor)

A settlement between a desert and an oasis.

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The bachelor’s programme in Oriental Studies aims at providing an academic pre-professional education. Students achieve a range of educational goals, including: profound knowledge of the complex historical, cultural, social and linguistic realities of the Middle East as well as North Africa and Central Asia; basic knowledge of work in historical and philological disciplines; introduction to a selected Oriental language (Arabic, Babylonian or Turkish); competences in interdisciplinary cooperation and intercultural communication; and ability to critically evaluate different media.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 600

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

Laguage: German

NO entrance examination


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Data updated on: 5.8.2021

*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

Following the Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP), students have to complete the group of compulsory modules Middle Eastern Studies and a group of alternative compulsory modules, part of which is a specialisation in either Ancient Near Eastern Philology and Archaeology, Arabic and Islamic Studies, or Turkish Studies. To successfully complete the programme, students have to write two bachelor’s theses.

Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Cuneiform script
  • Mesopotamia
  • Cultures influenced by Islam
  • Arabic dialects
  • Ottoman Empire

... 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:

  • integration and development cooperation
  • participation in academic research and educational institutions
  • activities at museums
  • adult education
  • tourism
  • media
  • international organisations.

Additionally, they are well prepared for work in other occupational fields that require profound knowledge of the cultural area defined above. During their studies, students have also acquired the necessary ability to use the most important modern technologies and media applied in the field and critically discuss them.

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: 1.9 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.6 (high)

→ These results are basd on feedback from 31 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 Oriental 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 ...

  • 42% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,443 gross/month.
  • graduates work e.g. in the activities of membership organisations sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "bachelor's Programme Oriental Studies".