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Course Duration/ ECTS6 semesters / 180 ECTS
University degreeBachelor of Arts (BA)
FacultyFaculty of Cultural and Social Sciences
DepartmentGerman Studies
Mode Full time
Study IDD 033 617
Admission RequirementsMatura or school leaving certificate (e.g., Abitur (GER), GCE
levels (UK), Diplome du Baccalaureat de l’Enseignement du
Second Degre (F), Titulo de Bachiller (E), Attestat (RSF)),
which is comparable in length and quality to the Austrian Matura.
Students are expected to have a very good command of the German language (C1).
Language of instruction German  Proof of language proficiency

What will I learn?

Students will be able to reflect academically on the German language in its cultural, communicative, medial, and literary-artistic means of expression. In literary studies and linguistics, this involves the knowledge of historic and present processes of language as a system or cultural means of expression. It also includes an understanding of the intercultural, interlingual, and intermedial relationships distinguishing language and literature in history and present. Students will analyse texts using methods from linguistics and literary studies and gain an insight into the subject areas of the theory, systemics and history of language, and the various aesthetic appearances and functions of literature in their cultural, medial, culture- and literary-historical context.

Which career opportunities do I have?

The BA course in German Studies at the University of Salzburg offers students a profound education in the arts and humanities. Graduates are qualified to work in the fields of culture management, publishing, and dramaturgy. Further possible occupations for graduates include PR, media and library work, communication trainings, technical editing, but also in various other fields of economy. A specialization in “German as a Second or Foreign Language” qualifies graduates for teaching German and German culture to non-native speakers at institutions at home and abroad. Moreover, it allows students to apply for a ‘Sprachassistenz’ at international schools and universities.

Why Salzburg?

The department of German Studies at the University of Salzburg offers students a relatively small department, teaching that is based on academic criteria, an internationally networked faculty enjoying an excellent reputation, as well as a very good student-to-staff ratio. Besides topics and research paradigms of international relevance in the fields of linguistics and literary studies, research and teaching focuses lie in the area of Austrian Literature and the role of the German language in Austria. The department of German Studies is very well networked both nationally and internationally, which allows students to study abroad (this includes German-speaking countries). It is also possible for students to contribute to the department’s research and teaching activities through teaching assistances, tutorials, project work, etc.

How is the course structured?

German Studies BA
Introductory module (includes STEOP (Introduction and Orientation Phase))10 ECTS
Basic Module: Systematics of the German Language and Literature 9 ECTS
Basic Module:  History of German Language and Literature9 ECTS
Advanced Module: Old German Language and Literature12 ECTS
Advanced Module: Modern German Literature12 ECTS
Advanced Module: German Language12 ECTS
Specialization Module: Old German Language and Literature10 ECTS
Specialization Module: Modern German Literature10 ECTS
Specialization Module: German Language10 ECTS
Specialization Module14 ECTS
Optional Module: German Language and Literature in Theory and Practice24 ECTS
Optional Subjects36 ECTS
Qualifying examinations6 ECTS
BA theses6 ECTS
Total180 ECTS


Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Peter Mauser

Assoz. Prof. Dr. Armin Eidherr
Head of the curriculum committee German Studies

Erzabt-Klotz-Straße 1, 5020 Salzburg
Tel.: +43 662 8044-4396