Arab World Studies (Master)

Camels and a car in the desert.

© Stephan Procházka

Graduates of this master’s programme have philological knowledge of the complex structures of the Arabic language in all its facets, with a focus on the spoken Arabic dialects and the language commonly used in modern media. Depending on their individual specialisation, graduates are also familiar with older language forms and other Afro-Asian languages, or have specialised in the languages and cultures of ancient and modern South Arabia.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 676

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: 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

The master’s programme consists of compulsory modules (common core), groups of alternative compulsory modules (to choose from: specialisations in religion or politics, Arabic language or language and culture of South Arabia), elective modules, a master’s thesis and a master’s examination.

Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

    • Arabic dialectology
    • Calligraphy
    • Ancient cultures in South Arabia
    • Media and media language
    • Religious studies with focus on Islam

    ... 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 areas:

    • academia – teaching and research
    • media sector
    • diplomatic service
    • national and international public administration organisations
    • as teachers at adult education institutions
    • as employees at companies with clients in the Arab world
    • social work and work for NGOs
    • Austrian institutions working with foreigners and integration
    • cultural management
    • administration and public relations at institutions in the academic and cultural sector (archives, libraries, museums, tourism, media)

    In addition, graduates are qualified to work in other occupational fields that require profound knowledge of the Arab cultural area and the Arabic language.

    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: 2.1 (good)
    • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.2 (appropriate)

    → These results are basd on feedback from 15 graduates.

    *Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the master’s programmes 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 ...

    • 54% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
    • graduates earn approx. € 2,583 gross/month.
    • graduates work e.g. 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 "Diploma Oriental Studies".