Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences
Course Duration / ECTS 6 semesters / 180 ECTS
University degree Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Faculty Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences
Department English and American Studies
Mode Full time
Study ID
D 033 612
Admission Requirements Matura or school leaving certificate (e.g., Abitur (GER), GCE
levels (UK), Diplome du Baccalaureat de l'Enseignement du
Second Degre (F), Titulo de Bachiller (E), Attestat (RSF)),
which is comparable in length and quality to the Austrian Matura.
Language of instruction German Proof of language proficiency

What will I learn?

The BA course in English and American Studies deals with the language, cultures and literature of English-speaking countries and their varying dynamic developments. Students hone their language skills in both oral and written production (target level C2). They will be qualified to adequately describe and analyse diverse current and historic manifestations of the English language in various texts (linguistics). Moreover, they gain profound knowledge of the literary history, periods and movements, genres, authors and works of anglophone countries (literary studies). Last but not least, the BA course imparts a refined cultural knowledge of interesting cultural phenomena and the countries and people of the English-speaking world (cultural studies).

Which career opportunities do I have?

Due to the special role English has as a lingua franca of the modern world, and the profound and wide-ranging offer of information the BA course in English and American Studies provides, graduates can choose from a range of careers with different job profiles. For example, the fields of publishing and library work, journalism and other media-related jobs, culture management, training and development, public administration, marketing, translation, tourism, and international trade are ideal destinations for English and American Studies graduates.

Why Salzburg?

The BA course in English and American Studies at the University of Salzburg is distinguished by its outstanding student-to-staff ratio and offers excellent teaching (awarded with the Excellence in Teaching Award of the University of Salzburg) in the fields of linguistics, literary studies, Fachdidaktik and language acquisition. Many of the department's lecturers are native speakers of English from the United States and Great Britain. We greatly emphasize the importance of combining current research with teaching and strive for practical relevance, e.g. by cooperating with cultural institutions in Salzburg, a city world-famous for its culture and history. Moreover, there are plenty of possibilities for students to study abroad, many offers promoting young talents already during their studies (scholarships and prizes) and a dedicated students' union. Our MA degrees connect directly to the BA course in English and American Studies and offer a variety of courses to deepen students' studies according to their individual taste.

How is the course structured?

English and American Studies BA

STEOP (Introductory and Orientation Phase)9 ECTS
Language Acquisition26 ECTS
Linguistics24 ECTS
Literary Studies27 ECTS
Cultural Studies34 ECTS
Qualifying examinations14 ECTS
BA theses10 ECTS
Optional subjects36 ECTS
Summe180 ECTS


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