Turkish 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 S-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


Department of Orient Studies

Faculty: 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

Turkish Studies examines the languages and cultures of Turkish people in the past and present. In addition to Turkish and its predecessor, Ottoman Turkish, Turkish Studies also encompasses the languages and cultures of other Turkic peoples. The speakers of the Turkic languages are distributed over an area that stretches from southeastern Europe, across the Near East, central Asia and Russia, through to China and Mongolia. Turkish Studies also deals with Turkish migrants outside of this traditional settlement area.

A main study component of the B.A. minor subject in Turkish Studies are Turkish language courses. A knowledge of the Turkish language is essential for studying all aspects of Turkish culture. In addition, students of Turkish Studies will acquire knowledge of the history of the Turkic peoples, the history, politics and religion of the Ottoman Empire, as well as the history, society and politics of the Republic of Turkey. As part of the exercises for conversation and regional studies, students are given an insight into everyday Turkish culture and manners and thereby acquire a basic patrimonial knowledge. Course components also include courses on the typology and historical development of the Turkic languages, including Ottoman Turkish. This gives students a solid knowledge of the Turkish language and culture.

At the advanced stages of study (currently the main course of study for the Master's and Doctorate), Turkish Studies deals with all aspects of the languages and cultures of all Turkic peoples.


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).