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Near Eastern Archaeology

Heidelberg University

24 months
3000 EUR/year
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The Near Eastern Archaeology programme from Heidelberg University focusses on the settlement and cultural history of the Ancient Near East, from human settlement to the stages of urbanisation and the development of territorial states, and finally to the formation and demise of the ancient Near Eastern empires.


Near Eastern archaeology is part of general history studies. It deals with the material legacies of the Ancient Near East. The main focus here is on the development and revision of archaeological relicts as historical sources of Near Eastern settlement and cultural history. The inclusion of ancient Near Eastern textual sources is essential for the analysis of the historical periods.

The subject’s geographical area reaches from Iran in the East to Syria and Turkey in the West, from the Caucasus in the North to southern Arabia in the South. Nowadays, this area, which is defined by extremely different geographical and climatic conditions, encompasses numerous countries with various population groups and a variety of languages and religions.


Graduates of the degree programme in Near Eastern Archaeology from Heidelberg University might pursue a career in areas such as: 

  • universities and research institutes
  • museums 
  • regional authorities for archaeology and archaeological monument conservation
  • historic preservation organisations and museums
  • publishing houses
  • institutions for adult education
  • libraries and archives or documentation departments
  • media

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Settlement History
  • Urbanisation and Topography of Ancient Eastern Towns
  • Architecture
  • Manufacturing Techniques and Technology Transfe
  • Artisanal Art
  • Devices and Weapons
  • Sculptures and Reliefs

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Personal statement
  • Proof of language proficiency
  • Certificate of the undergraduate degree programme
  • Certificate of enrolment from the most-recently attended university
  • Students applying for a transfer or change of institution from a non-German university must also submit: a certificate of transferable grades from the relevant subject area
  • Proof of sufficient financing for completion of the course of study. This does not apply for applications from EU/EEA member states and applicants with a German university entrance qualification

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1500 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA- Fees and contributions: 171.80 € / Semester

Living costs for Heidelberg

922 - 1397 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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