At the Institute for Oriental and Asian Studies (IOA) there are several opportunities to study the diverse Asian and Oriental languages, religions and cultures. The core subject of Asian Studies offers twelve subject-specific Asian or Orient-related study profiles: Islamic Studies and Arabic Studies, Islamic Studies and Iranian Studies, Islamic Studies and Turkish History and Society, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Art History in Asia and the Orient, Mongolian Studies, Sinology, South Asian Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, Tibetology and comparative studies Religious studies. The aim of each profile is, in addition to basic methodical training in various aspects of scientific work, to impart broad subject-specific knowledge. The theoretical approaches are diverse:

The core subject is supplemented by training in one or more Asian languages ??corresponding to the chosen subject profile. Basic knowledge is laid in the compulsory language companion subject (Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Persian, Tibetan, Turkish or Vietnamese) and deepened in advanced language-practical modules in the core subject curriculum. Linguistic and linguistic competencies, regionally-specific specialist knowledge and basic knowledge of methods in the humanities and social sciences are acquired. In addition to historical and cultural-scientific issues, the focus is also on economic and social science issues as well as issues of international politics and cooperation.

This subject must be combined with another subject:

Entry Requirement


HZB (e.g. Abitur)

German language skills (language level GeR C1)

Career Prospects

Intercultural communication, intercultural management, international development cooperation / peace and conflict research, international educational work (adult education, language courses, etc.), politics (policy advice), culture (protection / maintenance / management of global cultural assets, cultural institutions / management, museums, etc.), tourism (Long-distance / educational / cultural tourism), journalism, science (teaching / research at universities, research institutions, etc.)


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