Department of African Studies - Vienna

Institut für Afrikawissenschaften

University of Vienna, Austria

The Department of African Studies is dedicated to research and teaching on all levels in the fields of African languages and linguistics, African literatures and cultural studies, and African history and societies – all with a focus on the continent as well as on diasporic spaces. 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Birgit Englert – AEGIS Plenary Representative

Institute of African Studies, University of Vienna
Spitalgasse 2, Court 5
A-1090 Vienna


News and events: 
Teaching in African Studies: 

We offer a BA (180 ECTS) and MA (120 ECTS) degree in African Studies. Both degrees allow for an internal specialisation on either 1) African History and Societies, 2) African Linguistics, or 3) African Literatures. The BA program comprises the study of African languages, regardless of the chosen specialisation. You can study either one language for 2 years or 2 different languages for 1 year each. Currently you can choose between Swahili, Hausa and Zulu. Further African languages on offer at Vienna University include Somali, Amharic and Fulfulde. These are taught as minor courses (ranging from 4 to 6 ECTS).

At the BA level there is also the opportunity to take so-called “extension curricula in African studies if you study another subject as your major.

Further, we also offer a PhD degree in African Studies – get in touch with us if you want to know more!

More information on bachelors degrees

More information on masters degrees

More information on PhDs

More information on extension curricula

Libraries and collections: 

The African and Middle Eastern Studies Library at the University of Vienna was established in 2005 by merging the African Studies Library and the libraries of the Department of Near Eastern Studies. It is a sub-library of the Vienna University Library and available to the public.


You can contact the institute directly regarding opportunities. 

Network and partners: 

Information on the Institute's international cooperation activities can be found here.