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Buddhist Studies

Subjects: Buddhist Studies,Religion,Culture

M.A. | Master of Arts

⏳  Duration
4 Semesters
🔠 Teaching Language
💶  Application Fee non-EU
No information

💶  Cost per Semester
280 EUR

💶  Tuition Fees per Semester
No information
⏱️ Application Deadline Summer

⏱️ Application Deadline Winter

Course description

The master's program in Buddhist Studies focuses on the scientific examination of Buddhist traditions, their ethical teachings, and philosophical viewpoints. This independent course of study is unique in Germany and has gained significant international recognition. At the University of Hamburg, the emphasis is on researching the intellectual history of Buddhism and exploring its manuscript cultures. The International Master’s Program “Buddhist Studies” allows students to specialize in one of five regions: India, Tibet, China, Japan, or Thailand. The language of instruction varies by region—English for India, Tibet, and Thailand, and both English and German for China and Japan. A key component of the program is the acquisition and deepening of language skills relevant to the chosen region. Buddhism is not viewed in isolation. The program examines how Buddhism interacts with the culture, society, and intellectual and religious history of each region. Methodology and scientific approaches are also central to the curriculum. Students without prior international experience must complete a semester abroad. The specialist library for Buddhist studies at the University of Hamburg boasts an excellent collection of relevant works, making it an attractive choice for researchers. This program offers a comprehensive and immersive study experience, fostering a deep understanding of Buddhism in its various forms and contexts.

Program Information

Study Location Hamburg
Start Semester Summer, Winter
Study Form Part-time
Study Type Postgraduate
Teaching Language English
Dual No
Remote No
Application Fee non-EU No information
Study Length 4 Semesters
Tuition Fees per Semester No information
Cost per Semester 280 EUR
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⏱️ Application Start Summer
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⏱️ Application Deadline Summer
⏱️ Application Start Winter

⏱️ Application Deadline Winter

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Language Requirements

IELTS No information
Cambridge (CAE) No information
TOEFL IBT No information

• Proof of English language skills (equivalent to B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR))

Qualification Requirements

• PDF printout of your online application • Degree certificate or provisional Transcript of Records. If you cannot yet provide a degree certificate when you apply, please submit your current Transcript of Records confirming your provisional grade point average. You will then need to submit your degree certificate by the end of the first semester of the International Master Program in Buddhist Studies. • If the relevance of the area (or sub-area) in which you completed your first university degree to the field of Buddhist Studies is not evident from the 5 FAKULTÄT FÜR GEISTESWISSENSCHAFTEN certificate please provide further certification (e.g. Transcript of Records). • Curriculum Vitae • A brief statement of motivation that states the regional specialization ("track") you apply for. • Proof of English language skills (equivalent to B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)) • Applicants with focus on Japan must provide evidence for proficiency in German

Application Process

Acceptance Interview No
Acceptance local admission restrictions Not restricted
Application directly at the University
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