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Anthropology (Ethnologie)

Degree Bachelor of Arts
Application mandatory
Course commences     winter semester / summer semester
Standard course duration 6 semesters
Focus options 75%; 50% (2); 25%
Format options full-time / part-time
Language requirements none
Language of instruction German / English


Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural Studies


Course outline

The subject matter of the B.A. course in Anthropology is the comparative investigation of cultural difference at both local and global levels. The aim is to describe and understand commonalities and differences in human living and thinking. In addition, in-depth concern with theories and methodologies provides students with crucial qualifications enabling them to reflect on and analyse human practice in a global context. A key ability here is critical inquiry into the apparently universal nature of thought models, values and practices with a view to identifying the culture-specific origins they often spring from. Accordingly, the empirical methods involved in fieldwork and an engagement with the concept of culture are just as essential as familiarity with approaches of an anthropological/ethnological, societal or epistemological nature. The B.A. course thus sets out to enhance students’ regional, theoretical and methodological knowledge.

The B.A. course in Anthropology prepares its students for a number of qualified activities in a variety of professions. These include development cooperation, peace work and conflict research, youth and adult education, culture management, cultural mediation in migration/refugee contexts and in health, intercultural education work, international organisations, media and publishing, museums and the freelance exhibition sector, public relations, advertising, tourism and organisational/market research.  


Course structure

The B.A. course in Anthropology first started in the winter semester 2007/08. The structure and content of the course are set out in the Examination Regulations.

Main teaching interests

The B.A. course in Anthropology (Ethnologie) at Heidelberg University covers a lot of ground. The curriculum is extensive and interdisciplinary, ranging from ritual and performance research to medical anthropology and from media anthropology to nature-culture relations and Political Ecology (Environment).

Other emphases include social structures, intercultural ethics, exchange, migration and urban anthropology, transculturalism, and the anthropology of old age. Regional focuses extend from South and South-East Asia to New Guinea.


Formal requirements

The course commences in both the summer and the winter semester. Language of instruction is normally German.



Admissions to the 75% (main) and the 50% (joint-main) course are restricted. The current Selection Regulations are available here. Applications must be submitted online.

There is no admission restriction for Anthropology as a subsidiary subject (25%).

International applicants

There are special regulations for international applicants. For more information, apply to the International Relations Office of Heidelberg University (Seminarstraße 2).


Subject combinations

Possible combinations of subjects are listed in the Catalogue of Subjects.

Study and examination regulations

Examination regulations B.A. (27 July 2012, 03.12.2015)
Examination regulations B.A. (27 July 2012)
Examination regulations B.A. (14 June 2007)

Module Handbook

Please click here to find the latest Module Handbook.

Examinations board

Issues arising in connection with examinations, credit transfer and academic credential recognition are dealt with by the relevant examinations board/office. For more information, consult the academic advisor(s) indicated below.


Tuition fees at Heidelberg University are payable at the beginning of each semester.

M.A. course

Heidelberg University offers a consecutive M.A. degree course in Anthropology (Ethnologie) and a consecutive M.A. degree course on Health and Society in South Asia.


Academic advisors

Lukasz Siegwald (general, study abroad, internships)
Institute of Anthropology (Ethnologie)
Albert-Ueberle-Straße 3-5, Raum 153a
office hours:  Wednesday 11 am - 1 pm, Thursday and Friday 12 am - 2 pm
phone: +49 (0)6221-54-2266  




Institute of Anthropology (Ethnologie)

Albert-Ueberle-Straße 3-5
 D-69120 Heidelberg

phone: +49 (0)6221 542236
fax: +49 (0)6221 543556
Location, bzw. Location (SAI)

South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University

Department of Anthropology (Ethnologie)
Im Neuenheimer Feld 330
D-69120 Heidelberg

phone: +49 (0)6221 548900 / 548954
fax: +49 (0)6221 544998

Karl Jaspers Institute for Advanced Transcultural Studies

Chair of Visual & Media Anthropology
Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context"
Vossstrasse 2
Building 4400
D-69115 Heidelberg

phone: +49 (0)6221 544097
fax: +49 (0)6221 544490

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