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Bachelor's Programme Classica et Orientalia

Faculty Faculty of Philosophy and History
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 0288 Inter-disciplinary Programmes involving Arts and Humanities
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 033 599
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)

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) starting winter term 2016 »

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

  1. VO Introduction to the Classica et Orientalia Study Programme (CM 1 lit. a/2 hrs/5 ECTS-Credits),
  2. SL Introduction to Scientific Working (CM 1 lit. b/2 hrs. /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 20 ECTS-Credits may be passed. The registration requirements listed in the curriculum must be met.

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) until december 2015 »

(1) The Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP), with a duration of one semester (30 ECTS-Credits), provides an overview of the study programme and its structure in order to give students an objective basis to assess their decision to pursue their chosen subjects.

(2) During the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage, the following course examinations, which may be repeated twice, must be completed satisfactorily:

  1. Introduction to the Studies Classica et Orientalia
  2. Introduction to Scientific Working

(3) A positive result (passing grade) on the examinations specified in Paragraph 2 permits students to attend all courses and take all examinations following the Introduction and Orientation Phase for Students (STEOP) and to write a bachelor's thesis as described in the curriculum. The registration requirements specified by the curriculum must be met.

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 »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Introduction to the Classica et Orientalia Study Programme
10.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Antiquity at a Glance
10.0 ECTS-Credits: CM Fundamentals of Ancient Oriental Studies

Second Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Society and Culture
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Interdisciplinary Skills
10.0 ECTS-Credits: The "first" specialisation is to be chosen from the elective modules 1-301

Third Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Classical Archaeology and Classical Philology
10.0 ECTS-Credits: The "first" specialisation is to be chosen from the elective modules 1-301
15.0 ECTS-Credits: Completion of courses or modules for the "second" specialisation according to §9 (3)-(7)

Fourth Semester »

  30.0 ECTS-Credits: From the Elective modules 1-30, the "first" specialisation is to be continued

Fifth Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: From the Elective modules 1-30, the "first" specialisation is to be continued
20.0 ECTS-Credits: Completion of courses or modules for the "second" specialisation according to §9 (3)-(7)

Sixth Semester »

15.0 ECTS-Credits: Bachelor's Thesis
15.0 ECTS-Credits: Completion of courses or modules for the "second" specialisation according to §9 (3)-(7)


1 Available for selection: Ancient History, Ancient Oriental Philology, Classical Philology, Near Eastern Archaeology


Graphic chart »

 Studienverlauf_BA_Classica et Orientalia_Stand 01.10.2015_en

Qualification Profile and Skills

The Bachelor’s Programme Classica et Orientala covers the area of the Mediterranean world to the Middle East from the beginning of the script to late antiquity. The programme’s approaches are the methods of ancient history, ancient eastern and classical philology as well as near eastern and classical archaeology. Special attention is to be given to the contacts and interactions between cultural regions and political structures as well as the resulting findings and consequences for the present time.

Introduction to the methodology of three different disciplines offers graduates a wide access to the subject-matter, with required specialisation in the subject. The ability to apply the specially developed competences interdisciplinarily is especially emphasized in the study programme.

Apart from subject-specific skills, general qualifications are acquired, such as to critically, objectively and clearly present the issues resulting from the sources, the ability to critically examine historical gender roles, the ability to assume an independent critical position towards scientific and popular views, theories, ideologies and dogmas, the ability to apply the knowledge acquired to understand historical-political, cultural and religious-ideological positions as well as values such as intercultural understanding, tolerance etc.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates are able to elaborate, evaluate and implement scientific developments and to apply the skills required in interdisciplinary contexts. They possess scientifically well-founded theoretical and methodical problem-solving skills.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Apart from a scientific basic education that qualifies graduates for a relevant master’s programme, the bachelor’s programme offers career opportunities in the fields of exhibitions, monument preservation, scientific service in museums, libararies and collections, adult education, further education, press and publishing, bookselling and literature, media and public relations, cultural tourism, cultural management.

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%
 2  GOOD:
 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum criteria
 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)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies
Priv.-Doz. Mag. Mag. Dr. Sebastian Christoph Fink

Dean of Studies
Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Brigitte Truschnegg

Information for Studends with disabilities

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