Indology (B.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:


Bachelor of Arts (Two-subject Bachelor, Minor only)

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): the required course depends on the major subject. 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


Department of Indology


Faculty 05: Philosophy and Philology


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

Subject Matter

Indology covers all aspects of Indo-Asian culture (languages, literature, and religions). The cultural spectrum ranges from the geographical center of South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and the Himalayan countries) through to Iran, Afghanistan, Tibet, Central Asia, China, Japan, and South East Asia.

Indology covers a complex cultural mixing process from its historical to its present dimension. Looking at the ancient world enables a better understanding of the present, and vice versa.

As part of the Indology course, students start off by learning at least two languages, one from the ancient Indian period (centered around classical Sanskrit) and modern Indian (Hindi/Urdu as the most wide-spread language). Sound language skills are the only way to achieve a deeper understanding of the core subjects of Indology, particularly the history of religion and literature. The most important sources to be explored using the methods of philology include religious literature from Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as the world literature of the ancient world and modern-day fiction. As part of the Indology course, students learn to read Indian literature in its original form from a period spanning 3500 years, from the sacrificial hymns of the Rigveda, through to contemporary short stories, and they also learn how to interpret them in a wider context.


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).