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South Asian Cultural and Religious History (Classical Indology)

Heidelberg University

24 months
3000 EUR/year
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The South Asian Cultural and Religious History (Classical Indology) programme from Heidelberg University allows students to study the cultural and religious history of South Asia with a special emphasis on the acquisition of philological and ethno-Indological methods. 


The South Asian Cultural and Religious History (Classical Indology) programme from Heidelberg University covers a broad range of different topics with equal attention being paid to philosophical aspects as well as the cultural, social and political dimensions. Students’ linguistic and interpretative skills are systematically honed in reading courses focussing on joint readings of texts in Sanskrit and Pali.

Key Features

During the course of study, students take courses that improve their ability to critically analyse and interpret texts in Sanskrit. At the same time, they also learn about social, cultural and religious history and are familiarised with local scientific traditions and philosophies. 

Seminars on manuscriptology and source studies convey the basic knowledge required to understand source material. Therefore, the subject is geared toward both historical and modern South Asia and uses philological, cultural scientific, theory-based and interdisciplinary approaches. Currently popular topics include initiations, life cycle rituals, festivals, pilgrimages, religious services and sacrifice rituals.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cultural, Social and Religious History 
  • Philosophy and Scientific Traditions 
  • Source Research 
  • Methodology of Cultural Sciences 
  • Poetics 
  • Narrative Literature and Dramas 
  • Buddhism Studies 

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

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  • 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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