India and South Asia Studies

India and South Asia Studies is the study of the history, culture and social conditions in South Asia, with primary focus on India. You will also learn Hindi, which is the most widely spoken language in South Asia.

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

On the India and South Asia studies programme, you learn to establish ties between Denmark and India. You have the option of a six-month intensive course in India, where you will receive intensive training in Hindi, while getting first-hand experience of India as a central component in the global economy, a regional superpower and a relatively poor developing country.

Studying on the South Asia studies programme

Teaching on the South Asia studies programme is based on practical exercises, lectures and classroom instruction, where you participate in discussions, do presentations and work with your study group. You do not need to be proficient in Hindi before you start on South Asia studies. During the first and second semesters you must take an introductory course, which will provide intensive training in the language.

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South Asia studies primarily deals with conditions in India, but you will also touch on social and political conditions in countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. You will get in-depth knowledge of the complex structures within the South Asian societies, and work with contemporary popular cultures and everyday life in South Asia.

Career opportunities

Most graduates of the Bachelor’s programme in South Asia studies go on to do a Master’s degree. A Master’s degree programme can open doors to careers in teaching, translation, tourism, cultural exchange, development and communication.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B
  • An additional language at A level (or B level in case of an advanced language).

*The requirement of an additional language qualification may be replaced by an introductory course in connection with the degree programme.

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of: 

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria.

 

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B

Programme structure

The courses on the South Asia studies programme focus on two main areas. You will primarily learn and acquire skills in the Hindi language. In addition, you will learn about the history, culture and social conditions of India and the other regions in South Asia. The degree programme thus has both a practical and theoretical focus.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor’s degree programme in South Asia studies, you can find more information about the individual subjects, the programme structure and the requirements you must meet as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements.

The degree programme diagram gives an outline of the entire Bachelor’s degree programme in South Asia studies. You can click on the different courses to read the course descriptions.


 

Student life

Teaching on the programme in South Asia studies

By far the majority of the teaching at South Asia studies takes place as classroom teaching, where you and your fellow students actively participate through class discussions. You will also become acquainted with lectures, where your lecturer reviews the assigned texts. On the South Asia studies programme, you will be part of a study group and do presentations together, as well as sparing with one another in connection with exams.

Below is an example of a timetable for a week during the first semester. You will find that South Asia studies is a full-time degree programme, where you will spend a lot of time preparing for the individual lessons.

Monday
10:00 - 12:00 Practical exercises: Hindi 1
12:00 - 16:00 Preparation time
16:00 - 18:00 Practical exercises: Hindi 1

Tuesday
08:00 - 13:00 Preparation time
14:00 - 16:00 Classroom instruction: Hindi 1
16:00 - 18:00 Lecture: Hindi 1

Wednesday
8:00 - 11:00 Classroom instruction: South Asian History
12:00 - 16:00 Preparation time

Thursday
08:00 - 12:00 Preparation time
12:00 - 14:00 Lecture: Hindi 1
14:00 - 16:00 Practical exercises: Hindi 1

Friday
08:00 - 10:00 Practical exercises: Hindi 1
10:00 - 12:00 Classroom instruction: Hindi 1
12:00 - 16:00 Preparation time

Social life on the South Asia studies programme

At South Asia studies, you will be part of a social community with students from the other area studies, such as Arab and Islamic studies. During your studies you have the chance to get become involved in a number of social associations:

Asian Friday bar
Once a month the Asian Friday bar organises a specially themed bar, where you can have a good time with your fellow students over a cold beer or soft drink. The Asian Friday bar also organises the annual Christmas party.

The Film Club
The Film Club offers you the chance to spoil yourself with films that are not only entertaining, but also strengthen your academic skills.

The Discussion Club
If you feel like discussing current social or cultural issues in India, then you should join the Discussion Club at South Asia studies.

Studying abroad

At South Asia studies, taking a semester in India to strengthen your Hindi and experience the South Asian culture is an obvious choice. South Asia studies at Aarhus University collaborates with other Nordic universities on the Varanesi language programme, which gives you the opportunity to take part in an exchange programme in India during the second semester. Read more about the programme here: cisca.au.dk/hindi-programme in varanasi/.

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Career

Your job opportunities as a Bachelor of South Asia studies depend on the supplementary subject you choose and also what Master’s degree programme you chose later on.

With a Bachelor’s degree in South Asia studies you will be able to communicate orally and in writing in modern Hindi. You will also have broad knowledge of South Asian history, culture and social conditions, including current social and political conditions. The degree programme will primarily focus on India, which is the region's most important and largest country, but you will also learn about other countries in the region – including Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

A degree in South Asia studies gives you the opportunity to work with export and outsourcing between Danish and Indian companies or institutions. You can also go on to work with international development and collaboration in South Asia, or to teach at night schools, folk high schools and language schools.

Supplementary subject

As part of the fourth year of the BA degree programme in South Asia studies, you must choose a supplementary subject. You can choose between a wide range of subjects. Here are some examples of supplementary subjects other South Asia studies students have chosen:

  • Supplementary subject in Aesthetic Communication
  • Supplementary subject in Anthropology
  • Supplementary subject in Globalisation and Cultural Identity 

 

 

Master’s degree programmes

Having completed your Bachelor’s degree programme in South Asia studies, you can continue your studies on a number of different Master’s degree programmes. However, you should be aware that admission to some programmes requires specific supplementary subjects:

  • The Master's degree program in Asian studies (India and South Asia studies), where you build on the academic foundation from your Bachelor’s degree programme, and also gain a deeper insight into the ever-changing society and culture of India and South Asia.
  • The Master’s degree programme in international studies, which adds a broad international perspective to your degree programme.
  • The Master's degree programme in anthropology, in which you study the world’s cultures and communities.