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Heidelberg University

South Asian Cultural and Religious History/Classical Indology

M.A. (Master of Arts)
Subjects: History, Ancient Studies, Cultural Studies, Language and Literary Studies, Global & European Studies, Asian Studies, Religious Studies
English & German
Winter semester: 15 Jun
Summer semester: 15 Nov
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Both semesters)
Free / € 1500
Tuition Fees (per semester)
Both semesters
Mode of admission:
local admission restriction
directly at the University
Study mode:
On campus


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in South Asian science or an equivalent degree from a humanities degree.

If the degree has not yet been completed by the end of the application period, a provisional certificate from the university of the achievements made up to that point is sufficient with the assurance that the relevant degree is expected to be completed by the semester for which the application is being made will be completed. The applicant takes part in the admission procedure with an average grade, which is determined on the basis of their previous examinations. In the case of an application in accordance with this paragraph, admission is to be granted with the proviso that the degree and related requirements are proven by the last working day before the beginning of the lecture period. The admission expires if the evidence is not submitted in due time.

GPA Rate 2.50
GPA Comment

Above-average degree.

Language Requirements

The following certificates are recognised as proof of your language proficience.

CEFR English
min C1
min C1 Advanced (CAE)
Specification: With at least 67.
min 7
min 95
CEFR German
min A2
Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? no information provided by university

Additional information:
Proof of knowledge of the Sanskrit language to the extent of studying for four semesters at a domestic or foreign university, for which a standard period of study of at least three academic years is stipulated, or the proof of otherwise acquired Sanskrit knowledge at an equivalent language level. The admissions committee can have a placement test carried out in cases of doubt. You need to provide English language proficiency if your mother tongue is not English or if your bachelor's degree was not obtained from a university in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as well as the British overseas territories, the USA, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guam, Guernsey, Guyana, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Nauru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines. The admissions committee decides in cases of doubt.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Application Procedure & Selection

Mode of Admission:
local admission restriction
Admission Test/Interview:
directly at the University
Application Fee:

Application Documents

 The following documents must be attached to the applications for the issuance of the certificate or for authorization:

  1. Evidence of the existence of the prerequisites specified (in the form of a certified copy).
  2. A declaration signed by the applicant as to whether the applicant is at a domestic or foreign university in the master’s course in the cultural and religious history of South Asia (Classical Indology) or has lost the right to be examined in courses of study with essentially the same content or is in an ongoing examination process in these courses.

The application must also include:

  1. Proof of Sanskrit, English, and, if applicable, German language (see language requirements).
  2. A transcript of records from the previous course relevant for admission.
  3. A tabular curriculum vitae with a maximum of three pages.
  4. A letter of motivation written personally by the applicant with at least one and a maximum of two A4 pages, in which the motivation for starting the master’s course is explained.
  5. An assurance that the applicant wrote the letter of motivation independently and without outside help and that the thoughts taken from outside sources have been identified as such.

Further Information

For more information please check the

Course Website