Global Studies

India and South Asia Studies

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What comes to your mind, when you think of India and South Asia? Perhaps you think of Yoga or the religious diversity, of Bollywood as the largest film industry in the world, of Gandhi and his legacy of non-violent struggles or perhaps simply of curry? India and its South Asian neighbours (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Maldives) are also known for stark contrasts in terms of poverty on the one hand and an increasingly wealthy and numerous middle class benefitting from a growing economy on the other hand.

India and South Asia studies at AU focuses on the transformations of dynamic societies on the subcontinent which add up to 25% of the world’s population. Different disciplinary approaches – ranging from anthropology, through history, to linguistics – are employed to study the complex social fabric, political conflicts, and historical background as well as the current rise of India and South Asia in a global context.

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Degrees and Opportunities

India and South Asia Studies offers both a BA as well as a Master that focuses on the India and its neighbours Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Maldives. It combines history, anthropology/sociology and linguistics in an in-depth area studies programme providing a solid theoretical and applied knowledge which reflects the diversity of the region and is reflected in the course programme.

India and South Asia Studies includes the teaching of Hindi as the most prominent modern language of the region. In fact, intensive language learning coupled with a course on a current developments in India and South Asia as well as an introduction to the history of the subcontinent fills the first propaedeutic year. Subsequently, you will be prepared for a semester abroad in India (4th sem), in the holy city in Varanasi – a stay, which is a central feature of the BA program  and an immersive experience that facilitates the language learning.

In the following semesters the focus will be broadened to include e.g. the politics in the region and methodological aspects, while other mobility opportunities on the BA and MA level further enable face-to-face interactions and help to get first-hand knowledge of the region e.g. through a study semester at a partner university or internship in India.

While the BA takes the region as a starting point for the studies, the Master level broadens and deepens the understanding of the region by relating India and South Asia to other regions and countries in Asia and globally especially Japan, China, Russia and Brazil. Bringing in a comparative and global dimension facilitates understanding dynamics in and beyond India and South. Students are equipped with skills and competences to conduct research in the region as well as internationally and to utilize the expertise to work in teams – be it in companies, international organisations and the like.

If you are curious to find out more, have a look at detailed information on the programme structure, admission requirements and career opportunities for the B.A. India and South Asia Studies and the M.A. Global Area Studies.

Partners and Activites

Our program is embedded in a global network of institutions and global leading India and South Asia researchers allowing a seamless flow of ideas and exchanges. Our researchers work actively with ministries, think tanks, and other universities across the globe, creating very dynamic research and study environment.

Partner Universities (exchange)

India and South Asia Studies is well connected and partner universities, research networks, NGOs etc – in Denmark, Europe and globally. We actively engage with Indian and Nordic partner universities through the Nordic Centre in India, but also through bilateral agreements enabling student mobility as well as research collaboration. Our partners include prestigious universities such as IIT Madras, Jawaharlal Nehru University, University of Hyderabad.

Ongoing Research Projects

In line with the diversity of approaches employed in India and South Asia Studies, current research projects focus on the usage of plastic, the history of international health organisations or infrastructure projects around the Indian Ocean – all engaging specifically with the Indian subcontinent, but also taking a global perspective. 

Student Life

The student of our India and South Asia studies programme participate regularly in events, celebrations and other activities.



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