Master's degree in Oriental Languages and Cultures (India)

Ghent University offers a two-year Master of Arts program to train experts in Oriental Languages and Cultures.

The main features and complete program can be found here

The program consists of four blocks (30 ECTS each): 1. subject-specific courses; 2. professionalisation; 3. internationalisation; 4. master's dissertation.

Subject-specific "Indological" courses (all in English)

These include four modular courses of "Language, text and context" (4x6 ECTS). A special focus in these courses is on Jainism and the development of Indo-Aryan languages. In addition to discussing Sanskrit and Hindi (Jain) texts, the courses offer an introduction to Prakrit, Apabhramsha and varieties of (Old) Hindi.

This block also includes the "Culture in Perspective" course, in which students are introduced to current research. 

Professionalisation

Students must select one out of four tracks: (a) Society and Diversity; (b) Political and Social Sciences; (c) Economics and Business Administration and (d) Academic Proficiency.

The track (d) Academic Proficiency (in English)  is research-oriented, and designed for students with an excellent GPA, who envisage a career in academia. 

This block also includes an internship.

Internationalisation

Students have the option of spending a semester at one of our partner institutes in India or elsewhere in Europe (through Erasmus). For those prefering to stay in Ghent, there is an Internationalisation@Home option.

Master's dissertation

Under the guidance of the faculty and researchers, students write their dissertation.

NEW: Online track

From 2021-2022 onwards, we offer the research-oriented track of the Master's degree fully online. To view the brochure, see here.