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Cultural and Religious History of South Asia (Classical Indology), Heidelberg University, Germany

Chair of Indology,
Institute of Cultural Studies of East and South Asia,
Würzburg University, Germany

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst

BMBF: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Important dates
NEW: Latest by 15th Nov. 2019
Submission of application form

Latest by 15th Nov. 2019
Confirmation of admission

Latest by 30th Nov. 2019
Payment of fees

17th Feb. 2020
Course begins (in Varanasi)

06th Mar. 2020
Course ends (in Varanasi)
Course Fee

890 Euro
Includes: tuition fee, accommodation in double room, breakfast and dinner and local transport related to the course only.

Extra cost for single room:
500 Euro


Application form: Download

Contact address:

Postal address:
Voßstraße 2, Building 4130
D-69115 Heidelberg, Germany

Tel.: +49(0)6221 54-15260

Office: Julie Pusch
Mon 3-5pm
Tue, Wed 10am-12pm, 2-4pm

Lived Sanskrit Cultures in Varanasi

17th Feb. - 06th Mar. 2020
A three week intensive course in Varanasi

Organized by: Heidelberg University and Würzburg University, Germany

Course content & description

An important component of studying the cultural and religious landscape of any region is to directly engage with its lived practices. This three-week intensive course is designed to impart a practice oriented training in methods of cultural and religious studies. Its aim is to complement and supplement the approaches of philology and textual studies. It is suitable for students registered in a bachelor or master level program in any University in the field of cultural and religious history of South Asia with special focus on Sanskrit studies.

Areas of study

There are selected areas of study which will be covered during the course. This year's modules will focus on the following topics:

  • Teaching Sanskrit and the Veda
  • Performing Rituals
  • Processions in Varanasi
  • Goddess Temples in Varanasi
  • Indian Calendrical Systems
  • A Crash Course in Spoken Sanskrit
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  • Applications for admission are invited by students registered at a university or another academic institution. This course is suitable for students who are studying in B.A./M.A. or researchers working in these areas. It is open to students hailing from any part of the world (including India!).
  • The course language is English.
  • Knowledge of Sanskrit is mandatory (equivalent to at least 1 year of university level courses). In addition to it, working knowledge of Hindi is desired, although it is not a pre-requisite for the course. Moreover, previous exposure to Varanasi or India is useful. For large parts of the course, participants will work in teams. Willingness and ability for team work is therefore an essential precondition.
  • Preparatory Work: Participants are required to give two presentations, one of which shall be presented during the beginning sessions of the course. The topics of the presentations will be decided in consultation with the course instructors who will also provide the necessary literature.
  • A maximum of twelve students will be admitted for the course.

Application should include:

  1. Filled application form (Download: here).
  2. A motivation letter by the applicant in English. It should not exceed 300 words.
  3. A recommendation letter by a faculty member of a university.
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  • Course fee is: 890 Euro
  • The above amount includes course/tuition fee; accommodation in double room; food (breakfast and dinner); and transport (for travels within Varanasi as part of the course programme) only.
  • It does not include air tickets, VISA fees or any other costs arising out of personal preferences.
  • Extra cost for single room: 500 Euro
    There is a possibility to rent a single room for which an extra sum needs to be paid.
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  • The selected applicants will receive an letter (through e-mail) latest by 15th Nov. 2019 communicating their provisional admission.
  • The selected applicants are required to pay the entire amount of fee (see below) latest by 30th Nov. 2019 following which an admission letter will be issued. In case of non-payment, the place may be allotted to the other applicants on the waiting list.
Seitenbearbeiter, Studienberater,
Voßstraße 2, Building 4130, D-69115 Heidelberg