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Bachelor's Programme Linguistics

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 0232 Literature and Linguistics
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 033 667
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2010W)*
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 (2010W)

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 Fundamentals of Linguistics (CM 2/2 h/5 ECTS-Credits),
  2. VO The World’s Languages CM 7/2 h/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 Introduction to Linguistics (PM 2/2 hours/5 ECTS-Credits)
  2. VO Introduction to Linguistics (PM 6a/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 Philological and Cultural Studies
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Linguistics
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Phonetics and Phonology
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Rhetoric
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Language Course 1
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Second Semester »

2.5 ECTS-Credits: Morphology and Syntax
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Textlinguistics and Pragmatics
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Semantics and Lexicology
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Rhetoric
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Sociolinguistics
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Third Semester »

5.0 ECTS-Credits: Morphology and Syntax
5.0 ECTS-Credits: The World's Languages
7.5 ECTS-Credits: The Languages and Cultures of the Alpine Region
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Semantics and Lexicology
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Writing for Public Relations and Businesses

Fourth Semester »

2.5 ECTS-Credits: Language Typology
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Historical Linguistics and Reconstruction
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Indoeuropean Studies
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Philosophy of Science
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Gender Studies
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Fifth Semester »

5.0 ECTS-Credits: Philosophy of Science
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Topics in Linguistics
20.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules

Sixth Semester »

15.0 ECTS-Credits: Bachelor's Thesis
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Topics in Linguistics
12.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules

Graphic chart »

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Qualification Profile and Skills

Graduates of the Bachelor's Programme Linguistics are able to carry out linguistic analyses in different fields of application and to apply the acquired analytical competences in other disciplines and fields of activity.

Subject-specific theoretical skills
Theoretically sound analyses of linguistic facts and assessment of theoretical models both from a synchronic and a diachronic perspective; general overview of languages and their genetic, typological and areal classification.

Practical language skills
To be acquired in practice-oriented modules, e.g. patholinguistics and logopedics, writing for public relations and companies, rhetoric, sociolinguistics. Development of a general language learning competence, whereas the acquistion of typologically different languages is recommended.  

Media skills
Familiarity in dealing with different text types and media, combined with the acquisition of a general presentation competence. Competence in cultural science with special attention to the languages and cultures of the Alpine region is to be conveyed.

Intercultural skills
Cultural interaction processes are to be analysed and developed. Moreover, the development of interdisciplinary key competences is to be emphasized, such as independence and orientation competence by autonomous knowledge acquistion and further education, verbal and written expression, foreign language competence as well as teamwork and gender competence.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates are able to implement profound language analysis in different application areas and to apply analytical comptences in interdisciplinary contexts. They possess scientifically well-founded theoretical and methodical problem-solving skills, orientation competence with individual and critical knowledge acquistion, verbal and written expression, teamwork and gender competence.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor's Programme Linguistics have acquired the scientific basis for a relevant maste's programme. The programme prepares for the following activities: publishing, librarianship and documentation, media and communication, advertising agencies, language consulting, health care (language assistance, language therapy), sign language institutions, technical documentation.

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
Mag. Dr. Elisabeth De Felip-Jaud

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

Information for students with disabilities

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