Study opportunities  

Study opportunities



Bachelor of Arts. (B.A.)
Master of Arts (M.A.)


For the bachelor programme: knowledge of English B2 plus another language A2

For the master programme: professional university degree in Anthropology or an Anthropology-related professional university degree, English B2 and another language B1; aptitude test


Please note that the information "Course language: English" refers to the master programme only.


The bachelor programme is open to all students who have an interest in local cultures and their comparison. From the start the programme combines instruction in systematic ethnology with introductions to regional ethnology and an introduction to relevant language areas. Students are introduced to the art of translating between cultures as interpretative systems, to the understanding of foreign contexts and to reasoning such as opinions in relationships. Because this can only be accessed through the language, great importance is attached to acquiring locally relevant means of comprehension. The Ethnology bachelor programme comprises two main areas, systematic ethnology and regional ethnology. The first covers, in addition to specialist history and history of ideas, ethnological methods of research and exploration of foreign types of economics, religions and social structures. In the field of Regional Ethnology Universität Leipzig offers introductions to four major areas (Near and Middle East, Latin America, Middle Asia and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa), which look in-depth at the language, geography and culture of the regions. From the first semester students have the opportunity to choose between Spanish, Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Mongolian, Tibetan, Kiswahili or Hausa. These are the relevant local languages or lingua franca in the four major regional foci being studied. In the first two semesters, the master programme in Ethnology provides an introduction to systematic ethnology (history of theory, economics, society, religion) and to the regional foci, namely ethnography of Latin America and of the Near and Middle East (including Islamic Africa and Central Asia). In the third semester, the student can choose between a six-month internship at the Max-Planck Institute of Ethnological Research in Halle a six-month internship at the State Ethnographical Collections of Saxony (Leipzig, Dresden, Herrnhut) or a semester abroad. In the fourth semester, the master’s dissertation will be completed under intensive supervision

graduation admission Studies commencing in study period study guide offer since/at
Bachelor of Arts. (B.A.) Local restrictions on admission W 6 PDF WS 2006/2007
Master of Arts (M.A.) Unrestricted admission with aptitude test W 4 PDF WS 2006/2007

last update: 21.06.2018 

Academic Advisor

Prof.Dr.phil.habil. Ursula Rao (Bachelor & Master)
phone: +49 341 97-37221

Dr. phil. Sarah Ruth Sippel (Bachelor)
phone: +49 341 97-37223


Faculty of History, Arts and Oriental Studies