Application Period for the summer semester: December 1st to January 15th.
Application Period for the winter semester: February 15th to March 31st and June 1st to July 15th.
Outside the application period applications are possible. Please contact the Program Director.
An application form that has been filled in by the applicant online and submitted electronically. A printed version of the application form should be sent by post along with the required documents (see items 2 through 8) to the address given below. Please do not forget to sign the application! The application form will be made available between February 15th to March 31st and June 1st to July 15th for the following winter semester and between December 1st and January 15th for the following summer semester (if any free places left from the winter semester) at "Bewerbung"/"Application". In exceptional cases, applications outside these periods are accepted. Please contact the Program Director.
Applications without a certificate of a first graduate degree are possible, provided the certificate/provisional certificate/transcript of records will be handed in by the end of the first semester at the latest.
This Master's Program runs for 4 semesters (ca. 2 years): 2 semesters of courses at the Universität Hamburg, the 3rd semester (as a rule outside of Germany, though exceptions are possible) at one of our partner universities, the 4th semester will be dedicated to writing a Master's thesis. The aim is to graduate with a Master of Arts in South Asian Studies.
The International Master's Program in South Asian Studies spezializes on:
Classical Indology (Ancient and Medieval South Asian Studies): Language, Literature, Religion, and Philosophy
All courses are taught in English; texts in Sanskrit are used as data for information and analysis.
Please find the course structure below.
- Legally attested certificate of a university degree: a Bachelor's degree, a Master's degree or a Licentiate ("Staatsexamen").
- In case no sufficient evidence for language competence in Sanskrit (see "Specific Requirements" below) can be provided within the application period the candidate will have the possibility to undergo a placement test conducted by the Universität Hamburg which has to be passed.
All courses are taught in English. All applicants who received their secondary education outside of U.K, Ireland, USA, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, Australia and South Africa must provide:
- Internationally recognized certificate of proficiency in English (equivalent to B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR))
- A minimum of 30 credit points (ECTS) for language courses in Sanskrit or equivalent language training. Alternatively a degree with a minimum of 45 credit points (ECTS) related to Sanskrit Studies, Indian Philosophy, Religious Studies or Indology which include a minimum of 30 credit points (ECTS) for language courses in Sanskrit or equivalent language training.
Overview of the two-year structure of the Program in South Asian Studies
You are encouraged to contact us in case there are questions about the requirements (see contact email addresses below).
Description of the Course
Classical Indology (Ancient and Medieval South Asian Studies) - Language, Literature, Religion, and Philosophy:
The emphasis is on advanced training in Sanskrit (and optionally Middle-Indic) and in philology. Courses include seminars on philology and codicology, and seminars in which a variety of religious (Buddhist, Hindu, and/or Jain), philosophical, and secular texts in Sanskrit are studied in depth. The main research areas of the department include Indian Buddhism, Tantric Studies, Indian philosophy, and classical Sanskrit literature (kavya); all of these are well represented in teaching.
A colloquium in which students of both tracks, faculty and guest speakers present their research offers the opportunity to acquire presentation skills and to participate in scholarly discussion and exchange.
Prof. Dr. Harunaga Isaacson
Phone: +49 40 42838-3382/3385
There is a semester fee. The fee stated is in Euro (EUR) and covers one semester. Students must pay the semester fee for Student Services (Studentenwerk), the semester public transport ticket for the HVV (Hamburg Transport) and student administration (non-optional).
- An application form that has been filled in by the applicant online and submitted electronically. A printed version of the application form should be sent by post along with the required documents (see items 2 through 8) to the address given below. Please do not forget to sign the application! The application form will be made available between February 15th and March 31st for the following winter semester and (if any free places left from the winter semester) between December 1st to January 15th and June 1st to July 15th for the next summer semester at "Bewerbung"/"Application".
- Legally attested Certificate of a University degree (please send only copies, not originals!): this may be a Bachelor's degree, a Master's degree or a Licentiate ("Staatsexamen").
- Transcript(s) of Records (same as 'Academic Transcript' or 'Mark Sheet'). The relevance for South Asian Studies of the area (or sub-area) in which you completed your first and/or second university degree should be evident from the certificate and/or Transcript of Records. A minimum of 30 credit points (ECTS) for language courses in Sanskrit (for specialization in Classical Indology), in one of the modern literary languages of the Indian Subcontinent (for specialization in Modern South Asian Studies), or equivalent language proficiency is required.
- Higher school certificate
- Curriculum Vitae
- Letter of motivation
- For applicants who are at the concluding phase of their first university education in a Magister program: Applications will be considered even if the Master thesis has not yet been submitted or a grade has not yet been given, provided all examinations have been completed.
- Internationally recognized certificate of proficiency in English (equivalent to B2 level of the Common European Frame work of Reference for Languages (CEFR)). See above.
Application to be sent
Please send a printed version of the online application form and the required documents (see "Application Requirements" above) by post tot he following address:
Abteilung für Kultur und Geschichte Indiens und Tibets
Prof. Dr. Harunaga Isaacson
Notification of Results
- After evaluating your application documents, the selection committee will contact you by mail, informing you (1) whether you have been considered for admission, (2) whether the admission committee has for you any special recommendations for preparation or other requirements.
- After the application deadline, admittance will be notified in your STiNE-application account under "my documents". IMPORTANT: Please take note of the admission deadline indicated there.
- Academic calendar: Information on the beginning of lectures, vacation etc. can be found on: http://www.uni-hamburg.de/campuscenter/studienorganisation/semestertermine.html.The exact time and venue for the "kick-off-meeting" will be announced by the department.
Exam Regulations at Universität Hamburg
see Campus Center