Romance Studies (Bachelor)

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The degree programme Romance Studies deals with the linguistically and culturally dazzling world of European and non-European Romance languages. For the bachelor's programme, you choose one of five Romance languages in which you acquire a high level of proficiency. Furthermore, you will gain basic knowledge in a second Romance language of your choice. What is most important, however, is that the bachelor's programme equips you with subject-specific competencies in the areas of linguistics and literary studies as well as media and regional studies of the chosen cultural area.

In addition, students have to pass the supplementary examination in Latin before the end of the degree programme.

Offered Languages

Languages: French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish

Information on the language options can be found in the curriculum.

To reach a high level of language skills in their first Romance language, students must have language proficiency in the selected language when starting their studies: level B1 (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) for French, Italian and Spanish, or level A1 for Portuguese and Romanian.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 646 XXX

6 semesters / 180 ECTS credits (including 45 ECTS credits of extension curricula/alternative extensions)

Language: German & language(s) according to offered languages

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 Romance Studies starts with an Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP), in which you will gain basic knowledge in language, literature, media and regional studies. This serves as a basis for the entire degree programme. Furthermore, you will complete a language training in French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese or Romanian and acquire basic skills in a second Romance language. You will complete your studies by writing two bachelor's theses.

Module overview

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Linguistics
  • Literary studies
  • Media studies
  • Regional studies
  • Cultural studies

... 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

The bachelor’s programme in Romance Studies prepares students for a career as mediators between languages and cultures in a wide range of application fields, such as:

  • university research
  • libraries and archives
  • education
  • intercultural communication
  • press, media and publishing
  • cultural management
  • tourism

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: 3,0 (appropriate)

→ These results are basd on feedback from 107 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 Romance 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 ...

  • 64% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,378 gross/month.
  • 13% of graduates work in the education sector.

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