- We combine theory AND practice: Studying Geography is not confined to desks and libraries. To understand what defines natural and social spaces, you will go out into the world. In addition to excursions, you also have the opportunity to test your skills during several months of work experience (250 hours Your participation in a project seminar will also often involve working on concrete solutions on site.
- International setting: More young international people study at Klagenfurt University than at other universities. The language of instruction is essentially German, but some courses are also held in English. You can also attend optional languages courses, such as Spanish, Russian, Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian, Chinese, to help you prepare for your career, wherever you choose to live and work.
- We will accompany you on your journey. Are you nervous about disappearing among the masses of students at a large university? That won’t happen to you here in Klagenfurt. For us you are not just one among many, you are special. We want to know who you are, what moves you and what you want to achieve. That’s why we offer very good supervision arrangements, small seminars and compact working groups.
How we are seen
- We excel in rankings!
The University of Klagenfurt is one of the top 2 % universities worldwide.
(Times Higher Education World University Rankings)
- We are distinguished by our students!
The University of Klagenfurt is the only university in the world to win a Global Student Satisfaction Award twice in a row
(Studyportals – the Global Study Choice Platform)
- Our study programmes come highly recommended!
The University of Klagenfurt is recommended by 97 % of its students.
- Top quality is our standard!
The University of Klagenfurt places high value on comprehensive quality standards. Our quality management is EVALAG-certified,
we maintain the highest environmental standards (EMAS certification) and are a family-friendly university.
(State quality label “hochschuleundfamilie”)
- Human Geography: Have you ever wondered why Silicon Valley has developed a cluster of innovative start-ups while many other valleys are experiencing a wave of young people leaving Social, Economic, Settlement and Population Geography provide answers to these questions.
- Physical Geography: These subjects are concerned with our planet Earth: Soil and water, climate and ecology, their origins, history and future. We will also provide you with the necessary background in the natural sciences.
- Methods of Geography: These days, maps are produced digitally by means of geographical information systems and then called up on a mobile phone or tablet and used for navigational purposes, to give just one example. However, traditional paper maps are also still prepared and interpreted. Here in Klagenfurt you will learn modern methods of representing, analysing, modelling and simulating geographical information.
- Integrated Geography: To scientifically examine certain natural phenomena, such as volcanic eruptions, in isolation would be a rather one-sided project as far as Integrated Geography is concerned. Rather, as an interface between Human Geography and Physical Geography, this discipline attempts to imagine the world as a single human-environment system and to solve various problems in an integrative manner.
We help you to acquire scientific skills, and you can use them to good effect. The challenges facing our planet are manifold and complex. Whoever understands how individuals, society and the environment interact with each other can help contribute to a better world. Does this sound like a meaningful mission? We will equip you with the tools you need to develop creative and feasible visions in order to create something entirely new and lasting.
- Everything you need for the practical setting. Roughly half of our lecturers are highly successful in the professional field. What we offer is nothing out of this world, but rather we allow you to take flight.
- Triumph with soft skills. The world of work needs team players who can work creatively and purposefully, regardless of subjects and cultures. In our seminars you will learn how to boost inspiration and efficiency in group work. Here you will learn to become a moderator and manager of projects.
- Reaching for the sky after graduation. Many of our graduates enter professional life straight after their Bachelor’s degree. However, others are eager for more. At the University of Klagenfurt, we are able to offer you Master’s degree programmes, which are specially tailored to you: Geography and Regional Research and also Science, Technology & Society Studies
In Klagenfurt you can study at your own pace. To help you follow your path with confidence, we keep it clear of (bureaucratic) stumbling blocks and barriers. If you wish to reach your goal quickly and efficiently, we will always be there to support you. Our recommended course of study will guide you through the semesters. You work your way through the curriculum – making the most of opportunities to broaden your horizons and without wasting time. If you would like to know which courses await you before you start, take a look at the wide range of seminars and lectures.
Programme structure: a tabular overview
|Required subjects||Principles of Geography||7|
|Methods in Geography||30|
|Specialisation in Geography||18|
|Restricted electives||Choice of four subjects as specialisation:||40|
Introductory orientation period (STEOP)
The introductory orientation phase grants students an overview of the key elements of the degree programme and of the course of studies ahead. Thus, it provides a factual basis for the personal evaluation of the choice of degree programme. As students must successfully complete the introductory orientation phase in order to continue their studies, it is recommended that the introductory orientation phase should be scheduled during the first semester. The introductory orientation phase within the Bachelor's degree programme in Geography at the University of Klagenfurt comprises three courses ("Introduction to Geography", "Principles of Human Geography I" and "Principles of Physical Geography I") amounting to a total of 9 ECTS credits. Prior to the final completion of the StEOP, students may attend further courses worth a total of 22 ECTS credits.
Recommended course of study
Important note regarding lecture courses scheduled on a cyclical basis: Although certain lecture courses are only offered once a year, the corresponding examinations can be taken year-round on specific dates.
1. Semester (Starting in the winter semester)
|SUBJECT||ECTS||Course number + title||Course type|
|Grundlagen der Geographie||3||320.711 Einführung in die Geographie (STEOP) (B 1.1)**||VO|
|4||320.712 Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten (B 1.2)||UE*|
|Humangeographie||3||320.721 Grundlagen der Humangeographie I (STEOP) ( B2.1)**||VO|
|4||320.722 Humangeographie A (B 2.2)||PS*|
|4||320.723 Humangeographie B (B 2.3)||PS*|
|Physiogeographie||3||320.731 Grundlagen der Physiogeographie I (STEOP) (B 3.1)**||VO|
|4||320.732 Physiogeographie A (B 3.2)||PS*|
|4||320.733 Physiogeographie B (B 3.3)||PS*|
* compulsory attendance
** The STEOP-courses 320.711, 320.721 and 320.731 only take place in the winter semester.
|SUBJECT||ECTS||Course number + title||Course type|
|Methoden der Geographie||4||320.741 Datenanalyse (B 4.1)||PS*|
|2||320.742 Kartographie (B 4.2)||PS*|
|Regionalstudien||2||320.090 und 320.092 Zwei eintägige Exkursionen (B 5.1)||EX|
|Humangeographie||3||320.724 Grundlagen der Humangeographie II (B 2.4)||VO|
|4||320.725 Humangeographie C (B 2.5)||PS*|
|4||320.726 Humangeographie D (B 2.6)||PS*|
|Physiogeographie||3||320.734 Grundlagen der Physiogeographe II (B 3.4)||VO|
|4||320.735 Physiogeographie C (B 3.5)||PS*|
|4||320.736 Physiogeographie D (B 3.6)||PS*|
* compulsory attendance
There are no limits to your personal development. Enjoy the freedom that only a university degree can offer you and expand your horizons beyond your academic studies. You can pick and choose which competences will set you apart in the world of work in the future. We have lots to offer, for instance:
- We are all global citizens, struggling to live together in peacefully. The Transdisciplinary Peace Studies focus on international conflicts and their links to regional developments – and will transform you into an astute conflict manager!
- Digital transformation has far-reaching implications for society, the economy and our daily lives. If you are keen to expand your digital competences, our extension programme bearing the same name can offer you plenty of useful insights.
- Reflecting on your own cultural imprints, understanding other cultures and interacting with them appropriately requires inter- and transcultural competences, which you can hone by joining our extension programme.
- Are you interested in the construction and significance of gender relations in science and society? The extension programme Gender Studies provides an interdisciplinary insight into the complex interaction of gender, power and inequality.
- Do you want to learn a new language and prepare for an international career? You can learn Russian, Spanish or Chinese (and many other languages besides) at the University of Klagenfurt.
Continue to browse through this overview of all the elective subjects.
Admission to the degree programme must take place before the end of the general admission period (winter semester: 5 September | summer semester: 5 February).
A late admission until 31 October (winter semester) or 31 March (summer semester) can only be granted in exceptional circumstances.
You do not have to go through a special admission procedure to start the Bachelor‘s degree in Geography in Klagenfurt. Simply enrol and get stuck in!
You only have to meet the following conditions, which also apply to all other programmes:
- General university entrance qualification (e. g. Matura)
- German language skills at level B2 (CEFR)
.Prospective students who apply for admission to a German-language degree programme and whose first language is not German must provide evidence of German language proficiency no lower than level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) at the time of application
German courses and exams are offered as part of the VAAU preparatory course by the Language Center German in Austria.
- Engineering and planning offices, public administration: Choosing a location to build a new park and knowing which places need to be accessible by public transport – these are not trivial matters. You can become a specialist for the design of public spaces.
- Management consultancy: For innovation to flourish and thrive, we need fertile spaces. The corporate world needs you to create an environment in which people can perform well and prosper.
- Designers for living in times of climate change: Global warming is accelerating, tropical summer days are increasingly becoming a test of endurance in cities, and at the same time extreme weather events are unleashing their destructive power. The world needs your vision and ideas to make living spaces habitable in the long term.
- Preserving nature - and harnessing it: Nature managers work in national parks, among other places. They protect the integrity of the environment whilst also making spaces accessible for tourism.
- Mapping and modelling the Earth and associated processes: The structures of the Earth’s surface are captured in digital aerial and satellite images, analysed in geo-information systems, simulated in models and then displayed on dashboards and story maps on the Internet. As geo-information specialist you will be highly sought after by media companies, insurance companies, public administration and many other sectors.
- Data experts: We need to know how extensive our glaciers are, where the courses of our rivers run, how concentrated or dispersed our settlements are, who travels by what means of transport, or where natural resources are undergoing radical changes. That is why we need geographers who are data experts. Experts like you!
- Civil engineers: Subject to certain conditions, you may be able to train to become a civil engineer once you have completed your degree in Geography.
- Science: Students who feel at ease in the academic world while they are studying will have the opportunity to pursue a scientific career. Our department regularly undertakes projects that allow you to participate at an early stage.
- City Marketing: What makes a city special and what attracts tourists, but also companies and employees, to come to a city (and maybe even to stay there)? You learn how to define the unique selling points of spaces – and how to use them for marketing purposes.
- Promotion of trade and industry: Countries, regions and cities frequently compete with each other – to attract businesses, students, young families, tourists. Your geographical knowledge will help to promote the development of regions.
- Here in Klagenfurt, you will get to know your fellow students during the Welcome Days – and you will make new friends in the very first week; friends you will share memorable experiences with in the years to come.
- You will never be a mere (matriculation) number here: Our courses have a limited number of participants and so our lecturers will soon get to know you. We encourage and challenge you, in every way you need!
- Your degree starts with the so-called “Introductory phase (STEOP)”. No matter which school you attended or which qualifications you bring with you to the university: We will get you to the level you need in order to study successfully in the semesters ahead. In addition, the technology preparation courses will help you to rapidly progress on the road to success in your studies!
- During the first semester, our students are coached in small groups by mentors, making it easier for you to get off to a good start.
Many of our students are young people who are curious about spatial inequalities: Why is nature more severely affected by human activity in one location than in another? Where do structures support new developments and which regions have few chances to succeed within the global growth-oriented competition? In Klagenfurt you will learn to recognise problems and develop solutions – proactively and imaginatively. One way to experience the diversity of global "spaces" is to spend a semester abroad. Your curiosity is very much encouraged – and we will be delighted to open the door to the world for you. Why not complete a semester abroad at one of Klagenfurt University’s approximately 250 partner universities? We have plenty of scholarships on offer to help you finance your semester abroad.
Once you have completed the Bachelor's degree programme in Geography you can continue straight on to one of the following degree programmes. The choice is yours:
What are the key focus areas in this degree programme?
This degree programme is for anyone who wants to understand and shape the world. The focus of this programme is on Human Geography, Physical Geography and the Methods of Geography. Topics include global urban growth, migration, mobility, displacement and spatial inequality. Typical areas of Physical Geography cover landscape development, natural risks and biological diversity. Whether we are dealing with climate change, electromobility or migration – students of Geography are concerned with virtually all of the central challenges facing society.
In order to study Geography, which interests should I have?
An interest in socio-political and environmental issues; international, intercultural open-mindedness; an interest in research and scientific work; a cosmopolitan attitude. Spending time in nature and conducting research is as much a part of Geography as dealing with people and other cultures.
What are my career prospects after this degree programme?
Your prospects are bright. You can go into urban planning, work for architecture firms, in management consultancy, real estate agencies, tourist offices or insurance companies. Moreover, civil engineering and geographical data analysis can also serve as future occupational fields.
How do I start my academic studies at the University of Klagenfurt?
Our check list will help you to get started. We have compiled everything you need to know here – from registering online right up to enrolling for a degree programme.
Who can I contact if I have questions about the content of this degree programme?
If you have any questions about the content, please contact the Programme Director by e-mail at geo [at] aau [dot] at.
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