Scandinavian Studies (Bachelor)

Picture of landscape of Sweden.

© Carina Schlager

The bachelor’s programme in Scandinavian Studies aims at equipping students with the necessary skills to systematically analyse Scandinavian languages and literature in the past and present, while also taking aspects of social science and cultural studies into account. Students acquire language skills in a Scandinavian language (Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian or Swedish) and familiarise themselves with Scandinavian linguistics and literary studies, as well as Old Norse studies. In addition, they have the opportunity to specialise academically, learn additional (also non-Scandinavian) Northern languages or familiarise themselves with Baltic Sea region studies.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 668

6 semesters / 180 ECTS credits (including 60 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 Scandinavian Studies consists of an Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP), modules on Scandinavian linguistics, the history of Scandinavian languages, Scandinavian literature studies, the history of Scandinavian literature and Old Norse studies, as well as a group of compulsory modules aimed at acquiring language competences in a Scandinavian language (Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian or Swedish). By completing groups of elective modules, students can specialise in certain subject areas, learn additional languages or familiarise themselves with Baltic Sea region studies. To successfully complete the bachelor’s programme, students have to write two bachelor’s theses.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Scandinavian languages
  • History of language
  • Literary studies
  • Old Norse studies
  • Baltic Sea region 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

Graduates can pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

  • translation
  • institutions in the area of culture and tourism
  • public relations
  • international organisations
  • science and research.

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: 3.3 (appropriate)

→ These results are basd on feedback from 37 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 Scandinavian 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 ...

  • 47% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,443 gross/month.
  • graduates work e.g. 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 "BA Scandinavian Studies".