Institute for South and Central Asian Studies


Our institute offers the opportunity to study and research the languages and cultures of South and Central Asia. Sanskrit, Hindi, Tibetan, and Mongolian, the connection of classical and today's spoken languages, can only be found at our institute.

Auf dem Farbfoto ist eine vergoldete Statue der Tara zu sehen, © Adobe Stock, Foto: Gary
Gruppenfoto des Institutteams, im Zentrum des Bildes liegt ein Baumstamm, in den "Wir" eingraviert ist. Die Menschen auf dem Bild stehen um ihn herum oder sitzen darauf. Die Menschen von links: Dr. Ira Sarma, Adelheid Buschner, Katrin Querl, Adele Hennig-Tembe, Prof. Dr. Jowita Kramer, Sonam Spitz, Dr. Sadananda Das, Beier Wang; Leipzig, 2022, Foto: Feng Yang
Historisches Foto von Hermann Brockhaus, Quelle: Universiätsarchiv


Auf dem Bild sind Studierendenblumen zu sehen, Foto: Antonia Mauder


Are you interested in studying at our institute? Here you will find information on advising and orientation before starting your studies, on the enrollment process and starting your studies, as well as on the questions that arise during your studies.

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Frontal view of the Buddhist temple complex Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Photo: Prof. Jowita Kramer
Photo of a Buddhist temple, Photo: Dr. Katrin Querl
In the center of the picture, you can see the city of Varanasi. In the right foreground, there is a man sitting in a boat. The photo is taken from © Adobe Stock and was shot by Roop Dey.
Color photo of an interior of a pagoda in Wutai Shan, Photo: Dr. Katrin Querl


Click here for our current course catalog as an overview.

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The picture shows Prof. Kramer with a group of PhD students


Do you enjoy research work? Can you imagine an exciting research topic on one of our focal points or would you like to further explore a topic from your master's thesis? Then find out more about the paths to a doctorate.

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Painting depicting two monks from cave 92 of Buddhist Kizil Caves, China, 2001, Photo: © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Asiatische Kunst / Jürgen Liepe
Wooden stamp for the printing of Tibetan texts, © Adobe Stock, Photo: simanlaci
mehrere Personen von oben fotografiert, bei der Arbeit über einen Tisch mit Schreibgeräten und einem Laptop gebeugt, Quelle: Colourbox


Find out here about EVENTS taking place at our institute and under NEWS about subject-related offers that reach us from other institutions.


Institut für Indologie und Zentralasienwissenschaft

Workshop: Indian Rhythm Music and Dance

We cordially invite you to a workshop on Indian Rhythm Music and Dance, which will be offered by Oindrila Roy and Indranil Mallick on June 7, 2023, starting at 5:00 pm.

Institut für Indologie und Zentralasienwissenschaft

Transnational Buddhism, Labor Migration, and Social Upliftment: Ambedkarites in Motion from India to Japan, Taiwan, and Beyond

Together with the East Asian Institute, we cordially invite you to a guest lecture by Prof. Dr. Jon Keune on June 9, 2023 at 3:00 pm.


Institut für Indologie und Zentralasienwissenschaft

Retrospect: Awarding of the Friedrich Weller Prize

On April 14, 2023, the 2023 Friedrich Weller Prize was awarded to Yigal Bronner and Lawrence McCrea.

Institut für Indologie und Zentralasienwissenschaft

ONLINE Tibetan & Himalaya Studies Lecture Series

With great pleasure we forward the invitation of the Central Asian Seminar (Humboldt-Universität, Berlin) to the summer term 2023 ONLINE Tibetan & Himalaya Studies Lecture Series.

Contact & Directions

Visiting address

Institute for South and Central Asian Studies

Schillerstraße 6
04109 Leipzig

Head: Prof. Dr. Jowita Kramer

Phone: +49 341 97-37120
Fax: +49 341 97-37148

Office hours
Monday and Tuesday from 9 am - 12 pm and 1-3 pm.
Wednesday to Friday from 1-3 pm

Please use our mailing address for all kinds of mail:

Universität Leipzig
Institut für Indologie und
Internes PF: 132501
04081 Leipzig