M.A. On Campus

Development, Environment, Societies, and History of South Asia

Heidelberg University

24 months
3000 EUR/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Students in the academic programme Development, Environment, Societies, and History of South Asia from Heidelberg University focus on historical, societal and current political and economic developments and events, as well as physiogeographical processes, in the countries of South-East Asia.


The academic programme consists of the subjects development economy, anthropology, history, geography, art history and media technology as well as political science. These subjects are taught at the South Asia Institute (SAI) and the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies. In addition, the governments of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have nominated three guest professors who will complement and enrich the range of courses. 

The library has one of the world’s most extensive collections of literature related to South-East Asia.  

A highlight of the degree programme is the student conference that takes place each summer semester. The aim of the project is to provide students with a practical introduction to scientific practice and various presentation techniques: programme development, project management, moderation, giving lectures, creating posters and writing contributions. 


The Development, Environment, Societies, and History of South Asia degree programme from Heidelberg University is research-oriented and enables students to enroll in a doctoral programme in the selected area of specialisation. 

Graduates can also find work in the following areas:

  • non-university research 
  • universities 
  • documentation 
  • archives 
  • libraries 
  • international communication 
  • diversity management 
  • public relations 
  • foundations 
  • NGOs 
  • international organisations 
  • media 
  • museums 
  • exhibitions 
  • adult education and tourism 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Economy
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art History
  • Media Technology
  • Political Science

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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

Development, Environment, Societies, and History of South Asia
Heidelberg University


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!