Occupational Therapy bachelor degree programme
Help people to perform everyday activities independently again. Our Occupational Therapy bachelor programme will equip you with all the tools you need.
Become an expert in the activities of daily living with our three-year programme.
Courses normally take place from Monday to Friday.
You will complete your degree in 6 semesters, or 3 years. During this time, your workload will be 180 ECTS credits.
During your degree, you must complete an internship lasting at least 36 weeks, equivalent to a total of 1150 hours.
This is the tuition fee for EU and EEA citizens. In addition, the Austrian National Union of Students (ÖH) dues amount to EUR 22.70. Please note that different tuition fees apply for non-EU citizens.
The degree programme
You’ll soon come to appreciate what a wide-ranging profession occupational therapy is. During your degree you’ll learn about many different clinical fields, with a special focus on internal medicine and orthopaedics, neurology, psychiatry, geriatrics and paediatrics. You will also acquire knowledge and skills in the increasingly important field of health promotion and prevention.
You’ll gain experience in these areas during your practice placements, which will help you to discover where your interests lie while you’re still at university.
In semesters 5 and 6 you will extend your occupational therapy knowledge and skills, and learn about applying evidence-based approaches to various different areas of occupational therapy.
The programme will give you the qualifications required for high-grade occupational therapy positions in the Austrian system. Once you graduate, you can decide whether you want to work as an employee or an independent practitioner. The bachelor programme is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) and is affiliated to the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE).
The occupational therapy profession
It is often the relatively small things in life that make a big difference: things that we take for granted such as the ability to dress and wash ourselves, being independent enough to be able to go shopping and prepare simple meals, having the opportunity to work or study, and the freedom to spend our leisure time how we want.
As an occupational therapist you will work with people who have difficulties performing basic activities on their own due to illness, injury or disability. And that’s not all: occupational therapists also have a lot to contribute in the field of health promotion and prevention.
Occupational therapy puts people first – people who want to maintain or regain their former quality of life.
Overview of therapy options
Considering the interplay between the individuals, activities and environments plays a key role in the diagnostic process. The goal is to help people become as functionally independent as possible.
Therapy begins with an evaluation of the client’s everyday activities and performance skills. This is the basis for deciding which goals and activities to focus on during the therapy. Terms and concepts you might encounter include guidance and adaption, practising everyday activities (e.g. washing, dressing, eating, and movements required in leisure and work situations), splint treatment and equipment consultation.
" Our team is made up of experts from professional practice and research. The stand-out feature of the programme is how we work with our students – our future colleagues – as equals. "
Programme director Barbara Prinz-Buchberger
A formula for success: theoretical knowledge + practical experience
The programme is built on three pillars.
Get to know the core team of our bachelor degree programme Occupational Therapy.
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