Degree Programmes

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African Studies(?)

At the Institute of African Studies we approach ‘Africa’ from various perspectives. Our broad curriculum offers a unique combination of language, society, politics and history.

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Warum Afrikastudien an der Universität Leipzig studieren?
Why study African Studies?

Why study African Studies?

Opening weeks

Welcome to the Institute of African Studies in Leipzig!
Click here for the preliminary program of our two opening weeks that will give us all the chance to get to know each other.

We are looking forward to meeting – virtually and/or live – all of you very soon.

Current students

You are already studying at our institute? Find here all important documents for your ongoing studies.

Afrikastudien in Leipzig - Eine Einstiegshilfe für Erstis und solche, die es werden wollen
A starting aid for first-time users and those who want to become one

A starting aid for first-time users and those who want to become one


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An internship provides initial orientation regarding future career opportunities and offers some initial professional experience. Sometimes internships can also be the beginning of a particular career.

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studies abroad

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studies abroad

The Bachelor African Studies includes an optional semester of studying abroad.

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