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Bachelor's Programme English and American Studies

Faculty Faculty of Language, Literature and Culture
Duration/ ECTS-Credits 6 semesters / 180 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Qualification Level Bachelor (First Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 6, EQF/NQF: Level 6
ISCED-F 0231 Language Acquisition
Mode of Study Full-Time
Study Code UC 033 612
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2015W)*
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent and Language Certificates
Supplemental examination Supplemental examination in Latin is required before completion of the bachelor's degree programme if this subject was not completed satisfactorily with at least 10 credit hours at a higher-level secondary school.

* Information on the Curriculum (2015W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
  available at:
  Section: Current Curriculum version.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

(1)  Within the scope of the Studies and Orientation Period, which takes place in the first semester, the following course examinations must be passed:

  1. SL Reading/Writing I (CM 1 lit. b/2 hrs. /2.5 ECTS-Credits),
  2. SL Language Awareness I (CM 1 lit. c/2 hrs./2.5 ECTS-Credits),
  3. VO Introduction to English Synchronic Linguistics (CM 5 lit. a/2 hrs. /2.5 ECTS-Credits),
  4. VO Introduction to British and Postcolonial Literary Studies (CM 10 lit. a/2 hrs./2.5 ECTS-Credits),
  5. VO Introduction to American Literary Studies (CM 10 lit. b/2 hrs./2.5 ECTS-Credits).

(2)  Successful passing of all exams of the Studies Induction and Orientation Period entitles to passing all further courses and examinations and to writing the Bachelor’s Thesis.

(3)  Before successful completion of the Studies Induction and Orientation Period courses amounting to 17.5 ECTS-Credits may be passed. The registration requirements listed in the curriculum must be adhered to.

General Information

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 6 semesters or 180 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

First Semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Language System I: Focus on Language Constituents
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Introduction: English Linguistics
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Introduction: Literary Studies
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Introduction: Cultural Studies
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Media Studies

Second Semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Language System II: Focus on Language in Context
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Survey of English Linguistics
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Advanced: British and Post-Colonial Literary Studies
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Gender Studies

Third Semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Focus on Language Usage I
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Focus on Special Fields of English Linguistics
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Focus on Method and Innovation in English Linguistics
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Advanced: American Literay Studies
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Critical Area Studies I or Critical Area Studies II

Fourth Semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Focus on Language Usage II
10.0 ECTS-Credits: English Linguistics: Review and Outlook

    two modules have to be chosen
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Professional Language Skills: Interlingual Mediation
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Professional Language Skills: Editing and Proofreading
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Professional Language Skills: Professional and Academic Writing

2.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules

Fifth Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Seminars in Literary and Cultural Studies
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Cultural Studies I or Cultural Studies II
17.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules

Sixth Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Bachelor's Thesis I
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Bachelor's Thesis II
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Individual focus

Graphic chart »

Studienverlauf_BA Anglistik und Amerikanistik_2015_en

Qualification Profile and Skills

In today's globalised world, the English language plays a central role as an important international means of communication in many areas of everyday life (e.g. science, research, politics, economy, popular culture, tourism, media etc.).

The Bachelor's Programme English and American Studies primarily aims at excellent English language skills (target level C2 based on CEFR). Moreover, the study programme conveys basic skills and competences in the fields of linguistics (structures, functions, utilization, varieties of the English language), literary studies (overview of English literature, literary theories and methods of text analysis) and cultural studies (cultural context, cultural theories, intercultural competences, media competence). The programme also imparts important key qualifications and central soft skills which are important for the graduates' future careers, such as excellent verbal and written skills, targeted application of systematic and creative problem-solving strategies, understanding and analysis of correlations, autonomous scientific working as well as project and target-oriented working in teams and the ability to act in intercultural contexts.  

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates are able to elaborate, evaluate and implement scientific developments in the fields mentioned in the qualification profile and to apply them in interdisciplinary contexts. They possess scientifically well-founded theoretical and methodical problem-solving skills and key competences and soft skills, in addition to subject-related compentces.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Due to the special role of English as Lingua franca of the contemporary world, future prospects of graduates of the Bachelor's Programme in English and American Studies are evaluated very positively. The study programme prepares for occupational fields with different job profiles and covers a wide range of activities in the fields of publishing, librarianship, journalism, new media, culture management, adult education, public administration, diplomatic service, marketing etc.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck


As part of the Bachelor’s Programme, a Minor of 30 ECTS-Credits can be completed.

More information and a list of possible Minors can be found at:

Supplementary Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading
 Outstanding performance
= 100%


 Generally good, but with some errors


 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum cirteria
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2021


Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Recognitions (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang 

associate Dean of Studies (from 01.03.2024)
Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Reinhard Heuberger

Dean of Studies
Mag. Dr. Elisabeth De Felip-Jaud

Information for students with disabilities 

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