Archaeology (B.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:


Bachelor of Arts (Single-subject Bachelor)

Bachelor of Arts (Two-subject Bachelor)

Standard period of studies:

6 semesters


Winter and summer semester
Applicants with foreign certificates: Language of instruction: German
Required language certificate: DSH-2
Required course for the Assessment Test (Feststellungsprüfung): S/G- or G-Course. To find out if you are required to take the Assessment Test, check your Certificate of Recognition.

Admission restrictions:

Open admission


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.


Please keep in mind that you need a certification of recognition for all foreign certificates. The recognition process takes up to six weeks and the certificate must be included in your application.

Winter semester: June 1 - September 1

Summer semester: December 1 - March 1

If you combine a Two-subject Bachelor whose admission is open with one whose is restricted, the deadlines are:

Winter semester: June 1 - July 15

Summer semester: December 1 - January 15


Archaeology (M.A.)


Studying Archaeology at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz


Faculty 07: History and Cultural Studies


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

Archaeology researches the early epochs of human culture. Its main object is material evidence of ancient societies and civilizations, which is predominantly acquired by means of excavation. The periods under consideration stretch from the very long period of the Stone Age to the so-called metal ages (Copper, Bronze and Iron Ages) and from Classical Antiquity, to Late Antiquity, and into the Byzantine period and the Early Middle Ages. Geographically, the area of research covers the entire space from the Near and Middle East to the Mediterranean, and from the Black Sea region to Northern Europe. The spectrum of the questions covered by archaeological disciplines is highly diverse. Beginning with the ascertainment of the functions of objects and findings, it extends to their analysis as evidence of different aspects of prehistoric, ancient and early medieval life. The complex human impact on the natural environment is examined at the same time. Today, the application of numerous scientific research methods supports archaeological research to a significant extent. Furthermore, by using models and theories, archaeology aims to provide explanations for the development of the cultural and intellectual history of mankind. The B.A. degree program is jointly organized by five archaeological disciplines: Classical Archaeology, Prehistory and Ancient History, Near Eastern Archaeology, Biblical Archaeology, and Christian Archaeology/History of Byzantine Art make for a course program that is unique in Germany. The curriculum is supplemented by practical experience in the form of excursions and, depending on the student’s choice, in excavation work, museums, and media. An integrated part of the B.A. program is also foreign language acquisition, if required for the successful completion of the course or for the desired career of the student.



The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Academic Advisory Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

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