Graduate Profiles

The profile of a graduate qualified with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Philology:

The graduate will attain basic competence in terms of Chinese language (grammar, phonology, and its theory), literature (introduction to Chinese literature, modern Chinese literature, etc.) and cultural anthropology (introduction to Chinese studies, geography, modern history of China, etc.).

The graduate of Chinese Philology will be able to communicate in the Chinese language and will have a general overview of Chinese culture, geography, politics, etc.  The graduate will be particularly qualified to gain employment either in assistant or intermediary positions within the public sector, or be involved in the fields of industry and trade within the private sector.

The aim of the bachelor's degree programme in Chinese Philology is for graduates to attain communication skills at a level equivalent to:
- B2 for the Spoken language
- B1 for Reading
- A2 for Writing

The graduates of Chinese Philology learn the basics of academic work and have a theoretical basis for potential onward study especially in the follow-up Master of Chinese Philology study programme.

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The profile of a graduate qualified with a follow-up master’s degree in Chinese Philology:

Compared with the bachelor's degree, at the master's level study is focused on developing two key qualities, that being applied language skills and thematic specialization. 

The study programme is designed so that the graduate gains proficiency in their communication skills with the aim of applying them in practice, particularly as an interpreter and translator of texts.

The aim of the follow-up master’s degree programme in Chinese Philology is for graduates to attain communication skills at a level equivalent to:
- C1 for Spoken language
- B2 for Reading
- B1 for Writing

In the area of theoretical knowledge, students choose their specialization at the onset of their studies to which they intensively dedicate their time and effort.  The DAS offers this option in the following themes: lexicography, syntax, literature, cultural anthropology, and theory of the Chinese language.  According to their chosen specialization, students complete compulsory elective subjects and within this framework they work on their master’s thesis (this does not apply for double-major study programmes).

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The profile of a graduate qualified with a bachelor’s degree in Japanese Philology:

The graduate of this bachelor’s degree programme obtains primarily a good knowledge of the Japanese language, including a sufficient familiarity with its language structure and practical use.  Furthermore, the graduate develops a good overview of Japanese history, culture and literature.  Language skills reach a minimum level of N3 in the internationally recognized Japanese Proficiency Test.

The quality of knowledge and language skills acquired through the course of their studies opens the graduate’s door to a wide spectrum of professional employment opportunities, such as in state institutions, the media, business firms, cultural institutions or as interpreters, translators and technical advisors, etc.  This study programme also provides the option to continue with a two-year follow-up double-major master’s degree programme, in which the student can deepen his/her theoretical knowledge and practical skills primarily in the fields of Japanese language and literature.  

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The profile of a graduate qualified with a follow-up master’s degree in Japanese Philology

Graduates of the follow-up double-major study programme have attained creative abilities in both oral and written activities, and furthermore a thorough knowledge in the fields of Japanese history, culture and literature.  The graduate has acquired a considerable command of the Japanese language in practical and theoretical terms, and has become familiar with technical speech and writing styles.  Language skills reach a minimum level of N2 (second highest) in the internationally recognized Japanese Proficiency Test.

Students and graduates of Japanese Philology often continue their studies at Japanese universities in short and long-term stays (after successfully obtaining scholarships awarded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, or as part of exchange programmes covered by the DAS).

Graduates may find very good employment opportunities in a wide range of professional areas, such as in government institutions, the media, business firms, cultural institutions and in diplomatic circles as senior advisers, Japanese -speaking assistants, translators, etc. Furthermore, thanks to their strong background in theoretical knowledge, graduates are additionally qualified for employment in the scientific field.  

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The profile of a graduate qualified with a bachelor’s degree in Japanese for Business and Commerce:

The bachelor's degree is obtained after six semesters of intensive language instruction.  The graduate gains sufficient proficiency in the Japanese language, allowing practical applicability and a foothold for further independent language improvement and development.  Language skills reach a minimum level of N3 in the internationally recognized Japanese Proficiency Test.  The graduate also develops a sound familiarity with Japanese general knowledge and current-day societal issues, as too a good grounding in economic disciplines.

The quality of knowledge and language skills acquired through the course of their studies opens the graduate’s door to a wide spectrum of professional employment opportunities which include business firms and state institutions in roles such as technical advisors or Japanese-speaking assistants.  Furthermore, graduates may also find employment in positions where both language skills and a qualification with a bachelor’s degree in the field of economics are sought after.

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