Fennistics (Bachelor)

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The bachelor’s programme in Fennistics provides students with basic knowledge of the Finnish language, literature and culture, and their relationship with neighbouring cultures and related languages. In addition, students gain a profound insight into the methods of linguistics and literature research in general. In three years of intensive language studies, students acquire a high level of language proficiency in Finnish, enabling them to communicate in Finnish informally. In addition, they acquire basic Estonian language skills. By the end of the degree programme, students have to provide evidence of knowledge of Latin.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 654

6 semesters / 180 ECTS credits (including at least 30 ECTS credits of extension curricula)

Language: German

NO entrance examination


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Data updated on: 19.07.2019

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study programme

The bachelor’s programme in Fennistics consists of an Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP), as well as three groups of compulsory modules addressing language acquisition and other subdisciplines. To successfully complete the programme, students have to write two bachelor’s theses.

Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Uralic peoples
  • Constructions of self and other
  • Micro-narratives
  • History of literature
  • Estonian studies

... and many more.

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates of the bachelor’s programme in Fennistics can pursue a career in a wide range of occupational fields:

  • in the economic and service sector
  • in society and politics
  • in cultural and educational institutions
  • in media
  • in occupations that require a profound knowledge of the linguistic and cultural diversity in Northern Europe, in particular of the Finnish language and culture as well as the cultural and social environment.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 1.5 (excellent)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.5 (appropriate)

→ These results are basd on feedback from 13 graduates.

*Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the bachelor’s programme in Finno-Ugrian Studies graduation survey (in German).

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).

3 years after graduation ...

  • 59% of graduates are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,345 gross/month.
  • 8% of graduates work in the retail trade sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "Arts and Humanities".