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Indologie / Indology (major subject in a combined bachelor’s degree)

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Program: Indologie / Indology
Degree: depends on the major chosen
Program option: major subject in a combined bachelor's degree
Study model: combined bachelor's degree
Program length: 6/8 semesters / 3/4 years (180/ 210 ECTS points) (depending on the combination)
Start: Winter semester 


In the major subject “Indology”, you will deal with the Indian cultural region, which extends beyond the geographical area of the Indian subcontinent (South Asia), on an academic level. A characteristic feature of Indology is the approach of using the original languages of the sources. The combination of Sanskrit and Hindi has proven successful. Sanskrit as the most important ancient language, of particular significance for religious history and pre-colonial studies; Hindi as a supra-regional language, highly relevant both as a source language and as an academic language. In Marburg, there is also the option of combining Sanskrit with Tibetan or Classical Newar, the last of which we are the only university in Europe to offer.
In Indology, the philological approach means that you always work with primary texts. A very good feeling for language is therefore indispensable. However, you will also study Buddhism and its spread to Central, East and South-East Asia as well as the cultural relationships between India and Europe. 


As a graduate of the major subject “Indology”, you will be able to independently edit, translate and analyse sources about the literary, intellectual and religious history of the Indian cultural region in the original language. You will also be able to conduct independent source-based research in this field.
Graduates of the “Indology” course typically go into university research – from experience, students tap into non-university professional fields through internships or skilful combinations of subjects.

The choice of your major subject will decisively shape your professional qualifications profile. In conjunction with one or two minor subjects, your relevant work experience (e.g. internships, part-time jobs, voluntary work) and your personal skills, it will enable you to refine your profile and carve out your own individual array of career options.