In the master's program Buddhist Studies and Contemplative Traditions you will acquire in-depth knowledge in the field of Buddhism and contemplative traditions in both the past and the present. You will receive in-depth training in one of the Buddhist source languages Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, Mongolian.

You will find our course offerings on Almaweb . Students can also get information about individual modules on Moodle.


Bachelor's degree:

A bachelor's degree in a religious studies, regional studies, or cultural studies field.

Language certificates:

The language of instruction of our MA Buddhist Studies and Contemplative Traditions is English. Students must therefore demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the English language (Common European Framework of Reference, level B2, UNIcert II or equivalent). Evidence of study of a regional language is desired.

Course Credits:

Evidence of coursework related to Buddhism totaling 30 credits or equivalent is required.

  • To check the subject-specific admission requirements, please apply directly to the Institute of South and Central Asian Studies with the following documents: letter of motivation (motivation for the application, previous knowledge in Buddhist studies, [if applicable] your previous knowledge in Sanskrit and/or Tibetan), curriculum vitae, BA certificate (or if not yet available, overview of studies with grades [Transcript of Records], as well as confirmation of when you will complete the BA program). Send your application to our secretary's office at indsekr(at)
  • Simultaneously, you will need to apply Leipzig University.
  • The application for international students and German students who have earned their degrees outside of Germany must complete their application externally through the portal Uniassist. All information pertaining to the application process, Uniassist and other helpful checklists can be found on the website for international Master students At leipzig University.
  • Enrollment in the Master program Buddhist Studies and Contemplative Traditions is open for both winter and summer semesters.

Documents should be submitted by August 15, preferably as a pdf via email at

Structure of the Master's Programme

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Our Research Profile

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 both classical and today's spoken languages is a unique feature of our institute.

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Information on Studying at Leipzig University

Get an overview: M.A. Buddhist Studies

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Organize your studies: Course information

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Gaining experience: study and internship abroad

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Securing funding: Information on scholarships

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