Egyptology/Ancient Near Eastern Studies (B.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:


Bachelor of Arts (Two-subject Bachelor)

Standard period of studies:

6 semesters


Winter and summer semester

It is recommended that students begin their studies in the winter 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


Egyptology/Ancient Near Eastern Studies (M.A.)


Department of Egyptology and the Ancient Orient


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

The main objective of the B.A. program "Egyptology/Ancient Near Eastern Studies", offered as both a major (120 CP) and a minor subject (60 CP), is to impart basic knowledge of the cultures of ancient Egypt and the ancient Near East. These cultures are characterized by the first writing to appear in the history of mankind, effective power and settlement structures, religion systems, economic structures, science, architecture, and highly specialized types of craft, among other things.

From a geographical point of view, the program includes Egypt and Sudan in Africa and, in the Near and Middle East, the current states of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Turkey, as well as countries of the Levant and the Arabian Peninsula: Chronologically, the events spanning from around 10000 BC through to 7 AD are covered.

On this program, the usual division of ancient studies into philological and archaeological disciplines is not adhered to, so that students are able to draw sound conclusions in the long run by analyzing the texts and the material remains.

This ensures that students receive a broad philological and archaeological, as well as cultural historical one. They focus on issues surrounding society, history, religion, the economy, science, geography, settlement history, and topography, as well as on language, literature, architecture, painting, sculpture, and everyday tools.

The wide-reaching insight into an extensive cultural area is combined with specific focus areas. Both in the major and in the minor, an area of specialization is chosen from the first semester. The three choices are:

a) Egyptology (Archeology and philology);

the latter includes learning Middle Egyptian - i.e. 'classical' Egyptian language level - and a second language level in the major course,

b) Philology of the Ancient Orient (also known as Ancient Oriental Philology, Ancient Oriental Studies or Assyriology);

includes learning Accadian and, in the major course, an additional second cuneiform script language,

c) Archeology of the Ancient Orient (also known as Near Eastern Archeology or Near Eastern Antiquities);

in the major, this includes the study of basic Accadian.


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).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).