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Bachelor programme African Studies

Content and focus of the degree programme:

This study programme is only available in German.

The bachelor's programme in African Studies provides students with in-depth knowledge of an African supraregional language as well as knowledge of the methods and subject matters of African linguistics, literature and history. Students will specialise in one of these three areas – language, literature or history – and will acquire specialised knowledge about one or several African regions. They will gain skills regarding contents and methods as well as communicative and social skills. Graduates of this programme will be capable of independent and team-oriented work and of work in the field of African studies and problems related to this field. They will be familiar with the uses of new media and technologies. Self-motivation, the ability to make decisions, creativity and critical reflecting upon norms and values are among the key competences they will acquire. They will be able to find work in scientific research institutions, publishing houses, archives and in companies operating in Africa.

Higher education institution:
Universität Wien
Group of fields of study:
Degree programme:
African Studies
Bachelor programme
Academic degree:
Bachelor of Arts, BA
6 Semester / 180 ECTS*

Further information:

Languages of instruction:
Student Union fee: EUR 21,20
Tuition fee - see Detailed information
Stay abroad:
Type of higher education institution:
published in the:
MBl. 2010/11, Stk. 18 (Nr. 105)

Additional information

Erweiterungscurriculum Koloniales und postkoloniales Afrika MBl. 2020/11, Stk. 23 (Nr. 150)

Definition of the field of studies

The degree programme in African Studies deals with the societies of Africa with regard to their culture, languages, history and literature. A special focus will be placed on the African diaspora and the role of Africa in a global context.


The bachelor's programme consists of the following compulsory modules: Basics of African studies (African linguistics, African literature, African history and academic writing), basics of African languages (one of the languages – Bambara, Hausa or Swahili – is to be chosen) as well as perfection of African languages (Bambara, Hausa or Swahili). A specialisation module is to be chosen from the fields of African linguistics, African literature or African history. A study period abroad at a recognised university is recommended after completing the basic modules. Students have to write two bachelor's theses.

Entrance examinations


Supplementary examinations