Faculty of PhilosophySouth Asian Studies – Bachelor 25%

Degree programmes in South Asian studies at Heidelberg University offer students in Europe a unique opportunity to study geographical, social and economic aspects of South Asian culture, in combination with historical and philological aspects. Alongside the linguistic and cultural traditions of South Asia, degree programmes consider a broad field of contemporary, modern regional studies. 

Facts & Formalities

DegreeBachelor of Arts
Type of programmeUndergraduate
Start of programmeWinter semester only
Standard period of study6 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman, English, possibly south asian languages
Fees and contributions171.75 € / Semester
Application procedureSubjects with no admission restrictions
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
Part-time optionYes

Course Content

Where students select South Asian studies as a minor subject, they will gain fundamental insights and an overview of the historical, current political and economic developments and events, languages and media, religions and geographical processes which characterise and influence the countries of South Asia. Countries considered include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka as well as Tibet and the Indian Himalayan region. Students who have South Asian studies as a minor subject are also able to select one or two further, basic modules from the language and cultural courses on offer. 

Course Structure

The minor subject consists in compulsory and elective course elements:  

  1. Compulsory elements include a one-year lecture series entitled, “An Introduction to South Asia”, and a lecture or seminar focusing on a specific, but freely chosen region of South Asia.  
  2. Students select two elective modules. They can select modules from any of the subject and language courses on offer.