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BA Classical Archaeology

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

3 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

853.8 DEM
853.8 DEM
853.8 DEM

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Institute of Classical Archaeology
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)90
TOEFL-PBT (min)570
SAT (avg)1530
ACT (avg)22

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About this course

The Institute of Classical Archaeology is notable for the range and breadth of its interests in research and teaching. Alongside the classical mainstays (Greek and Roman archaeology) the teaching staff also specialise in Cretan/Mycenaean archaeology, Etruscan archaeology and provincial Roman archaeology. The aim of the specific “Heidelberg profile” in teaching is to achieve a combination of broad foundational content and high theoretical competence. With its own Antiquity Museum, its collection of plaster casts, an Institute library of international standing and a special-subject collection “Classical Archaeology” funded by the German Research Foundation, Heidelberg is the ideal location for the study of Classical Archaeology

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Eligibility Criteria


There are no admission restrictions

Language requirements: main course: Latinum and Graecum certificates or an equivalent level of proficiency in Latin and Greek
Language of instruction: German/English

International Students

International applicants are offered a preparatory course in the summer semester before the course proper begins.
Special arrangements apply for applicants from other countries. Information is available from the International Relations Office of Heidelberg University.Admission requirements for Heidelberg University’s undergraduate study programmes are a higher-education entrance qualification as well as very good German-language knowledge. Additional qualifications may be required for individual study programs. Detailed information on the special requirements in a given study programme can be found in the rules and regulations of admission.If your higher-education entrance qualification is not fully equivalent to the German “Abitur”, you will be required to pass an assessment test before you can begin your studies at Heidelberg University. The university’s “Studienkolleg” offers preparatory courses for this test.

Students who have been granted admission to one of these programmes are only allowed to matriculate if they can substantiate proficiency in German by one of the following certificates within the matriculation period given in the letter of admission:

  • DSH examination passed at a German university with a mark of “2.9” or better (old marking system) or at least 78% (new tiered system)
  • “Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom” of the Goethe Institute with a mark of “2.9” or better
  • “Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom” of the Goethe Institute with a mark of “bestanden” or better
  • “Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung” of the Goethe Institute with an overall mark of “2.9” or better
  • Goethe-Zertifikat C1 of the Goethe-Institut with an overall mark of “2.9” or better (issued from 01.01.2012)
  • Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom of the Goethe-Institut (issued from 01.01.2012) with a mark of “bestanden” or better
  • “Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz – Zweite Stufe” with an overall mark of “2.9” or better
  • TestDaF examination at TestDaF level (TDN) “5” in “Schriftlicher Ausdruck” and “Leseverstehen”, and at least TestDaF level “4” in “Mündlicher Ausdruck” and “Hörverstehen”
  • written examination in the subject “German” attested in the school leaving certificate after the secondary level with a mark of “2.9” or better, if there is a respective bilateral treaty with the other country
  • written examination in the subject “German” passed with a mark of “2.9” or better in the “Prüfung zur Feststellung der Eignung ausländischer Studienbewerber für die Aufnahme eines Studiums an den Hochschulen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland” (so-called “Feststellungsprüfung”)

If a student has successfully completed a German Language and Literature programme of at least four years at a university abroad, he or she may request exemption from the DSH examination; the decision on whether exempt status is granted will be taken by the International Relations Office in agreement with the responsible commission of the Institute for German as a Foreign Language at Heidelberg University.

If none of the documents / certificates concerning the proficiency in German mentioned above is furnished, the applicant will be required to complete the DSH examination at Heidelberg University with the results / markings stipulated above prior to the beginning of his or her academic studies.

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Course Modules

The B.A. course in Classical Archaeology can be studied as a main subject (75%), a first main subject (50%), a second main subject (50%) and as a subsidiary subject (25%). New students can embark on the programme in the winter or the summer semester. German students can enrol without any restrictions on admission, i.e. they can matriculate online via the Studentensekretariat of the University. However, evidence of proficiency in English, one other modern foreign language and Latin or Greek must be furnished by the time students give official notification of embarking on their B.A. thesis. Latin or Greek (the latter is particularly important for students contemplating an M.A. in Classical Archaeology) can be learned in the framework of the language module. There are no language requirements for students taking the course as a subsidiary subject (25%).

The course is modular in structure. The Basic Module (BM) and the Foundational Modules (GM-G and GM-R) provide an overview of central monuments, finds and object genres and introduce students to the fundamentals (including methodology) of Greek and Roman Archaeology. In the in-depth modules (VM), which require attendance of two advanced seminars, students have the opportunity to follow their own inclinations and choose between Topography/Settlement Archaeology, Image Studies and Cultural Studies. The practical modules (PM), which involve participation in an excursion, practical coursework and projects, are geared to the initial stages of archaeological practice.

Graduates from the B.A. course in Classical Archaeology as a main or joint-main course (75%, 50%) can go on to pursue their studies further by taking the M.A. programme and later a doctoral course. A doctorate (PhD) is normally a prerequisite for a career in Classical Archaeology.

Main research interests
When we say that Classical Archaeology investigates the material and artistic testimonies of the Greek, Etruscan and Roman civilisations, we take this to include:

settlements and environment
buildings and tombs with their accoutrements
objects of social life and religious cults
works of art
In the 18th century and thereafter, the great monuments and the history of ancient art were the central concern of Classical Archaeology. More recently, archaeologists have increasingly homed in on social life contexts and phenomena and issues connected with cultural history.

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How to Apply

Our admission process is designed to discover a talented, distinguished, diverse undergraduate population. Although test scores and GPAs are important, we look beyond statistics and grades to identify enthusiastic students who demand immersive and unique learning opportunities.

As you are completing the Online Application for Admission remember to send us your high school transcripts and your ACT or SAT scores. Additionally, while Heidelberg considers ACT/SAT scores and high school GPA in the admission decision, other factors such as letters of recommendation and personal statement essays are taken into account.


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