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Iranian Studies (B.A.) (2 subjects)


The subject Iranian Studies deals with the history, languages, culture and religions of the Iranian-speaking region. In addition to Iran, this also includes parts of present-day Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan as far as India in the east and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Iraq and Syria in the west. The study of social, religious and cultural issues such as ideas of religion and history, gender roles, Iranian literature and media or religious and ethnic minorities are part of the BA programme alongside the acquisition of the Persian language.

Iranian Studies
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (2 subjects)
Standard period of study:
6 semesters
Only the winter semester
Language of the programme:
open (enrolment without previous application)
Orientation events:
Orientation events are offered

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Students acquire a very good active and passive knowledge of the Persian language. Kurdish is offered as a second Iranian language. Students acquire an overview of Iranian cultural history from pre-Islamic times to the present as well as the religions of Iranian-speaking peoples. Information on regional studies forms a further focus. In addition, the programme conveys the basics of analysing Iranian literature as well as knowledge of Iranian literary and media history. In addition to learning scientific terms, students gain insight into scientific work as well as the theories and methods important for the subject. Through individually selected in-depth modules and internships, students can already prepare for a career or specialise in the MA programme.

Research in Göttingen is focused on Indo-Persian culture, manuscripts and documents as well as heterodox religious movements. Further research interests include the occult sciences, especially astrology. Literature, media and communication as well as aspects of identity-building processes in Iranian societies are also among the main fields of research represented in Göttingen.

Good reading skills in English are recommended. Depending on the student’s main focus of interest and combination of subjects, it is advisable to learn an additional language of the region, such as Arabic, Turkish, Hindi, Sanskrit, Hebrew, etc.

The BA subject of Iranian Studies must be combined with a second subject. There is no regulation stipulating any specific combination of subjects. However, a combination with subjects relating to neighbouring regions and cultures is recommended, such as Arabic Studies/Islamic Studies, Turkish Studies, Ancient Oriental Studies, Egyptology, but also subjects such as political science, comparative religion, ethnology, sociology, general linguistics, economics or law.

Depending on the orientation and combination of studies and relevant internships, occupations are possible in the areas of journalism, the publishing industry, development cooperation, diplomacy or business administration, and in cultural or intercultural fields, for example as a translator.

Related and consecutive/graduate programmes

Related programmes

Consecutive/graduate programmes


Typical study plan

Semester 1

  • Introduction to New Persian I (9 C)
  • Introduction to Iranian Cultural History, Part 1

Semester 2

  • Introduction to New Persian II (9 C)
  • Introduction to Iranian Cultural History, Part 2 (12 C)

Semester 3

  • Advanced Course in Persian I (9 C)
  • Regional Studies Iran and Persian-speaking Regions (6 C)

Semester 4

  • Advanced Course in Persian II (9 C)
  • Compulsory elective module, e.g. excursion (6 C)

Semester 5

  • Compulsory elective module, e.g. Modern Iranian Culture, Media and Society (6 C)

Semester 6

  • B.A. thesis

Regulations and module directory


Winter semester only
1st subject semester:
open admission (enrolment without previous application)
2nd to 6th subject semester:
open admission (enrolment without previous application)

Non-German citizens without a German educational qualification

Citizen from a non-EU country (or stateless person)

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Tina Seufer and Eva Wolff

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DE-37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 39 21888 (Seufer)
Phone: +49 (0)551 39 26713 (Wolff)



Academic Advising

Prof. Dr. Eva Orthmann
Department for Iranian Studies
Göttingen University
Heinrich-Düker-Weg 14
37073 Göttingen
Room 2.818
Consulting time: by arrangement


Student Advising

Phlox Knoblauch

Department for Iranian Studies

Heinrich-Düker-Weg 14
Raum 2.818
37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 39-21209