Faculty of PhilosophyIslamic and Middle Eastern Studies – Bachelor 75%

Prospective Student Information Day at Heidelberg University – 17. November 2021

This year, the prospective student information day will consist in a mix of on-campus lectures, online presentations, videos, and podcasts. Learn more about the degree programmes available at Heidelberg University, gain insight into the diverse subjects on offer, and pick up all the important information you need about studying at Heidelberg.
Prospective Student Information Day at Heidelberg University

Students of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies adopt a non-denominational historical perspective in the study of the history, society, literature and religion of societies shaped by Islam in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeastern Europe.

Facts & Formalities

DegreeBachelor of Arts
Type of programmeUndergraduate
Start of programmeWinter semester only
Standard period of study6 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman
Fees and contributions171.80 € / Semester
Application procedureSubjects with no admission restrictions
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.

Course Content

The Bachelor’s degree programme in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Heidelberg University places a particular focus on developing students’ proficiency in relevant source languages. The intensive and challenging language programme focusses on the development of profound and comprehensive reading, translation and grammatical analysis skills in two source languages, which students select from Arabic, Turkish and Persian. Students attend practical language classes and as part of the compulsory elective element of the course, participate in optional tandem programmes and spend periods abroad. This enables them to actively master their chosen languages and develop fundamental language skills which can be furthered during a consecutive Master’s degree programme. Synchronic linguistics also familiarises students with varieties and dialects of their chosen languages.

Course Structure

Students have the opportunity to select any of the three oriental languages offered as their A-language. These languages are Arabic, Turkish and Persian. Students do not have to finalise their choice of A- and B-language until the third semester, when they select their second language. The content of the lectures, seminars and practice classes which students attend from the third semester onwards, is determined by their chosen first language. This means that different language combinations lend themselves to different paths of study as part of the Master’s degree programme in Near and Middle Eastern studies.