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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Collage of the Khyentse Center for Contemplative Traditions consisting of images of the five Buddhist elements: Earth, Water, Air, Fire, and Emptiness
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

News and Events

Find out here about subject-related events and news from our own institute, as well as from other institutions.


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Guest Lecture

Reconstructing what has disappeared: Indian Buddhism in the light of its manuscripts

On January 16, 2024, Prof. Dr. Jens-Uwe Hartmann will deliver a lecture on the topic "Reconstructing what has disappeared: Indian Buddhism in the light of its manuscripts."


Institut für Indologie und Zentralasienwissenschaft

Warm invitation to our Weihwali Celebration 2023!

On December 7, 2023, it's that time again: We're celebrating Weihwali!

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Institut für Indologie und Zentralasienwissenschaft

The End of an Era

With a touch of nostalgia but, above all, with immense gratitude, we bid farewell to our longtime institute secretary, Mrs. Adelheid Buschner, who will be enjoying her well-deserved retirement starting from December 1, 2023.

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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

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