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Bachelor's Programme Slavonic 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 033 650
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 and Orientation Stage, which takes place in the first semester, the following course examinations must be passed:

  1. VO Slavonic Languages and Cultures in Europe (CM 1 lit. a/2 hrs./2.5 ECTS-Credits),
  2. VO Culture and History of Eastern Europe (CM 1 lit. b/2 hrs./2.5 ECTS-Credits),
  3. VO Selected Periods of Russian Literature (CM 10 lit. b/2 hrs./5 ECTS-Credits).

(2) Successful passing of all exams of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage 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 Stage 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. VO Slavic Languages and Cultures in Europe (PM 1 lit. a/2 hour/2.5 ECTS-Credits)
  2. VO Culture and History of Eastern Europe (PM 1 lit. b/2 hours/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 Slavonic Studies
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Command of Language Russian (Basic Course)
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Introduction t
o Slavic Linguistics
    2.5 ECTS-Credits: VU Introduction to Literature and Cultural Studies
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules 

Second Semester »

 7.5 ECTS-Credits: UE Russian I
 2.5 ECTS-Credits: VU Russian Phonetics and Phonology
   5.0 ECTS-Credits: VO Selected Fields of Russian Literature
 2.5 ECTS-Credits: VU
Selected Topics of Cinema
 12.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules

Third Semester »

 5.0 ECTS-Credits: UE Russian II
 5.0 ECTS-Credits: UE Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I or Polish I
 2.5 ECTS-Credits: VO History of the Slavonic Languages/ Russion Language 
   2.5 ECTS-Credits: PS Proseminary in Literary
   2.5 ECTS-Credits: VU
Media Analysis
 12.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules

Fourth Semester »

 5.0 ECTS-Credits: UE Russian III
 5.0 ECTS-Credits: UE
Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian II or Polish II
     2.5 ECTS-Credits: PS Proseminar in Linguistics
 7.5 ECTS-Credits: Slavic Linguistics – Reading
 2.5 ECTS-Credits: VU Selected Fields of Literature and Culture and their Communication
 5.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Selected Fields of the Central, Eastern and Southeastern European 
                                  Cultures and Societies                             
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules

Fifth Semester »

5.0 ECTS-Credits: UE Russian IV
2.5 ECTS-Credits: UE
Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian III or Polish III
2.5 ECTS-Credits: VU Selected Fields of the Russianlanguage system and its Communication  
5.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Seminar in Literary Studies
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Russische Literatur (Lektüre)
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules

Sixth Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Selected Fields of Linguistics
  10.0 ECTS-Credits: Interdisciplinary Skills
  15.0 ECTS-Credits: Bachelor's Thesis

Graphic chart »

Studienverlauf_ BA Slawistik_Stand 01.10.2015_en

Qualification Profile and Skills

The focus of Slavonic Studies is the Slavic language and cultural area with 15 languages and approx. 290 million speakers. The Russian language forms the core of the Bachelor's Programme Slavonic Studies. Previous knowledge of Russian is not required. Until the completion of the study programme, students reach the level B2 according to the Common European Framework or Reference. Moreover, the programme conveys basic knowledge of a second Slavonic language (Bosnian/Croatian/Servian, Polish).

Students acquire skills in the fields of linguistics, literature and cultural science as well as media and communication studies. In this context, the programme offers knowledge of the structure of contemporary Russian and methods of its characterization, insight into the history of language, overview of the epochs and forms of Russian literature and access to theories and methods. Moreover, students acquire an understanding of the connections of social and cultural developments in cultural studies with special attention to the medium of film.

Further key qualifications of graduates of the Bachelor's Programme Slavonic Studies are critical and creative approach to information and knowledge, comprehensive problem-solving competence as well as the ability to analyse linguistic, cultural and artistic structures and to process scientific issues linguistically in terms of excellent verbal and written skills.

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 and key competences for the acquistion and critical application of knowledge.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The Bachelor's Programme Slavonic Studies offers vocational training and a wide-ranging qualification. Graduates can extend their qualifications by specialising in career fields, e.g. IT, economy, law or political science. Occupational fields of graduates can be found in public service and the private sector, press, radio and television, cultural management as well as translation, tourism and activities in the field of education.

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 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
ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Helmut Weinberger

Dean of Studies
Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gerhard Pisek

Information for students with disabilities 

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