Bachelor's Programme Italian

As of winter semester 2015/2016 this programme is no longer open to new entrants. For information on the succeeding bachelor’s programme please consult this page »

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)
Mode of Study
Study Code
C 033 648
Curriculum Information on the curriculum (2009W)*
Admission Requirements
Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent
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 (2009W)

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)

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

Source: WS 2017/2018

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).

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

(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. VO Fundamentals of Philological and Cultural Studies (PM 1 lit. a/1 hour/2.5 ECTS-Credits)
2. SL Fundamentals of Philological and Cultural Studies (PM 1 lit. b/1 hour/2.5 ECTS-Credits)

(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 »

    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Philological-Cultural Studies
    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Linguistics
    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Cultural Studies
    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Cultural History I
  10.0 ECTS-Credits: Italian I

Second Semester »

    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Literary Studies
    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Cultural History II
  10.0 ECTS-Credits: Italian II
    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Media Science
    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Gender Studies

Third Semester »

   7.5 ECTS-Credits: Italian III
   7.5 ECTS-Credits: Linguistics and Analysis
   7.5 ECTS-Credits: Italian Literature, History and Society
 10.0 ECTS-Credits: Countries and Cultures of the Italian-speaking area

Fourth Semester »

   5.0 ECTS-Credits: Italian IV
   7.5 ECTS-Credits: Italian Literature From an Interdisciplinary Point of View
 15.0 ECTS-Credits: Italy and its Literature

Fifth Semester »

  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Italian V
12.5 ECTS-Credits: Synchronic and Diachronic Linguistics
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Italian Cultural Regions: Project Seminars

Sixth Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Italian VI
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Applied Linguistics and Pragmatism
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Bachelor’s Thesis
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Bachelor’s Thesis

Graphic chart »

Recommended course sequence for Bachelor Programme Italian

Qualification Profile and Skills

Apart from the transfer of in-depth knowledge, the Bachelor's Programme Italian focuses on the following key qualifications:

  1. communicative competences (written and oral expression)
  2. mental flexibility and critical faculty (logical thinking and argumentation, fast comprehension of complex contexts, development of creative solution strategies)
  3. intercultural and cross-cultural comptence (dealing with different traditions of thought)  

Subject-specific competences:

Language proficiency
Command of the foreign language at level C1 based on CEFR, skills in text reception and text production, improvement of language skills by stays abroad (e.g. ERASMUS).

Awareness for the structures of Italian as well as its functions and effects in different regional, social, situative and historical contexts.

Literary studies
Critical discussion of texts of different origins (also film, chanson); awareness for the interrelations between culture and text.

Land and culture
Awareness for political, social and economic aspects of Romance-language countries in their relevant historical context.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates are able to elaborate, evaluate and implement scientific developments in linguistic, literary and cultural fields and to apply them in interdisciplinary contexts. They possess scientifically well-founded theoretical and methodical problem-solving skills, interdisciplinary competences and soft skills.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Based on the transfer of these competences and skills, graduates are prepared for a wide range of activities and careers in different fields: international relations, culture, media, public relations, translation, tourism, publishing, administration, economy, science.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang 

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