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

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Program: Indologie / Indology
Degree: depends on the major chosen
Program option: minor 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 minor 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. In the minor subject, you will learn Sanskrit in particular as the most important ancient language, and you can either deepen your knowledge of this language, combine it with another language (for example Hindi, Tibetan or Classical Newar, the last of which we are the only university in Europe to offer) or acquire knowledge of the cultural history. In Indology, the philological approach means that you always work with primary texts. A very good feeling for language is therefore indispensable.


As a graduate of the minor subject “Indology”, you will gain basic skills in independently editing, translating and analysing sources about the literary, intellectual and religious history of the Indian cultural region in the original language. In this way, you will acquire the basic tools for independent, source-based research in this field. 

A minor subject will help you to extend your professional qualifications profile, which is decisively shaped by the choice of your major subject. In conjunction with your major subject, 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.