Arab World Studies (Master)

Camels and a car in the desert.

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The master's programme "Arab World Studies: Language and Society" is a cultural studies programme which, depending on the chosen orientation, focuses on the society and religion of the Arab world, Arabic linguistics and spoken varieties or Arabic texts of the classical and post-classical periods. The aim of the Master's programme is to establish good knowledge of modern developments in the Arab world in its entirety, with special consideration of various forms of Muslim religiosity, as well as mastering the Arabic standard language up to level C1. The study plan offers numerous elective options and thus the opportunity for individual specialisation in certain subject areas. Furthermore, the study programme is designed to integrate a voluntary semester abroad at an educational institution within the Arabian region.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 676

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German & Arabic

NO entrance examination


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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

    Graduates ...

    • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 1.9 (good)
    • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.4 (appropriate)

    → These results are basd on feedback from 15 graduates.

    *You can find further assessments of the degree programme from its graduates’ perspective in the graduate survey of the master’s programmes in Oriental Studies (in German).

    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".