The Central Asian Studies program at the University of Bern focuses on the Buddhist regions of Central Asia. The Bachelor program (BA) therefore provides students with basic knowledge about the social, cultural and religious history of Tibet and Mongolia up to and including the present, and also offers language instruction in Classical Tibetan or Uiguro-Mongolian script.
Language skills are intensified in the Master program (MA) and supplemented with the study of a second language from the region (Tibetan, Mongolian, Chinese, Persian, Uighur, Uzbek etc.). During the Master program, students are also introduced to current scholarly debates and encouraged to develop and critically evaluate their own points of view.
- The Master's degree program in Central Asian Studies consists of a major with 90 ECTS credits and a minor with 30 ECTS credits.
- The major in Central Asian Studies can be combined with any minor subject taught in a sufficient scope at the University of Bern, with the exception of Central Asian Studies and Inter-Religious Studies.
- 24 months
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
Bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a major in Science of Religion and an empirical focus on Buddhist Central Asia
Bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a major in:
- Mongolian Studies
- Central Asian Studies
Bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a major in another branch of studies, provided that the master's degree can be successfully completed with an additional maximum 60 ECTS credits and that you can demonstrate proficiency in a Central Asian language.Additional attainments can either be admission requirements which must be fulfilled in order to complete the master's degree program or admission requirements which must be fulfilled before admission to the master's degree program. The ECTS credits will be listed separately in the diploma supplement as extracurricular attainments.
International1560 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 780 EUR per semester during 24 months.
National1380 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 690 EUR per semester during 24 months.
- Regular tuition fee: CHF 750 per semester
- Non-Swiss students: CHF 200 per semester, in addition to the regular tuition fee, if they did not have their civil law residence in Switzerland or the Principality of Liechtenstein at the time of obtaining their university entrance qualification to a bachelor's degree.
Living costs for Bern
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