Courses are held in English.
The lecture period begins in the winter semester in mid-October.
In the summer semester, courses start in mid-April.
International applicants: 15 June for the winter semester and 15 November for the summer semester
German applicants: mid-March for the summer semester and mid-September for the winter semester
Students from EU and EEA countries only pay the semester contribution; they do not need to pay tuition fees for their first Master's degree at Heidelberg University.
The tuition fee for international students from non-EU/EEA countries is 1,500 EUR per semester plus the semester contribution: https://www.uni-heidelberg.de/en/study/management-studies/tuition-fees/.
Students of this programme engage with historical, social and current political and economic developments and events as well as natural processes in the countries of South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
The core aim of the programme is to introduce the students with interdisciplinary approaches of studying different fields of social science, as well as enabling them to work independently and self-reflectively in multicultural environments. For this, the students choose at least one focus area in which they acquire advanced scientific expertise and apply this expertise by writing the Master's thesis in the final semester.
The programme covers the following disciplines:
- Political Science
- Art History and Visual Culture
- Development Economics
The governments of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka also sponsor three guest professorships, which complement and enrich the curriculum.
A highlight of the programme is the student conference that takes place each summer semester, which is offered as a mandatory course. The aim of this conference is to equip the students with practical tools of the academic arena: programme design, project management, various methods of presentations, moderation, and publications.
Additionally, open talks by professors/writers/social and cultural activists are organised all over the year.
Students who are interested in learning a South Asian language or continuing their language studies can choose among regularly offered courses of eleven languages: Bengali, Dari, Hindi, Classical Tibetan, Nepali, Pali, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tamil, and Urdu. The languages are part of in-house minor programmes, which can be flexibly combined with the major.