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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) – 2 field degree program - Major Field

If your interest in China is about more than fried noodles and Mulan, and you also enthusiastic about the culture, society and history of China, if you want to know about the role China is playing in contemporary and future politics, economics and the world, and if learning to read and write an entirely new language holds no fear for you, instead you are motivated by the challenge, then you should think about studying Sinology at Freiburg!

Besides learning the Chinese language, a Sinology degree at the University of Freiburg offers deep insight into the history, politics and society of China. With a wide-ranging education focusing especially on modern China, many up-to-date additional options, and the Institute of Sinology’s numerous cooperations with other China-related institutions, Sinology at Freiburg offers a unique learning environment in Germany and the optimal conditions for success in Sinology.

Academic calendar:

Winter Semester

Standard Period of Study:

6 semesters required for the full degree programme

ECTS points:


Admission: First semester:

without special prerequisites for admission (free admissions)

Higher semesters:

free admission

Application period: First semester: 1 July–22 October
Application: Apply now!
Faculty affiliation: Faculty of Humanities

Sinology is a philosophical-historical field that focuses on Chinese culture and its development in its intellectual, artistic, and material manifestations. The field is based on the study of primary written and material sources and thus cannot be studied without sufficient skills in the Chinese language and its various stages of development. The individual areas of Chinese culture the field investigates through the study of sources include the language itself as well as history, literature, philosophy, religion, law, economy, society, geography, and ethnology. All of these areas of Sinology are held together by the study of the Chinese language and the acquisition of basic skills in history, literature, and philosophy. Students of the major field program acquire fundamental knowledge of Chinese culture and in-depth knowledge in a selected area of Sinology. In addition, students are expected to develop the ability to conduct independent academic research and acquire basic competencies for a profession with a bearing on China. The goal of the program is to provide students with a solid linguistic and academic basis and thus prepare them for a career or a continuation of their studies in a master’s program.

An overview of all the subjects that can be taken in combination with subject Sinology by students who started their B.A. degree programme in the winter semester 2013/14 or later:

Archaeological Sciences | Business Administration | Educational Science and Education Management | German as a Second Language* | English and American Studies | Cultural and Social Anthropology | Cultural Anthropology and European Anthropology | French | Geography | German Studies: German Literature | History | Islamic Studies | Italian | Jewish Studies | Catalan | Catholic-Theological Studies | Classical and Christian Archaeology | Classical Philology | Cognitive Science | Art History | Medieval Latin Philology* | Musicology | Philosophy | Political Science | Portuguese | Psychology | Romanian* | Scandinavian Studies | Slavic studies | Sociology | Spanish | German Linguistics | Economics | Ancient Near Eastern Studies |

* Subjects marked with a star are no longer available for selection by students beginning their studies.

For information on subject combinations, see also the "Joint Committee of the Faculty of Philology, Philosophy, and Economics and Behavioural Sciences". Subject combinations for students who started their degree programme before the winter semester 2012/13 can also be found there. » more [de]

Please note:
In the summer semester 2020 and in the winter semester 2020/21 there may be deviations from individual regulations of the admission regulations, selection and entrance examination regulations as well as the study and examination regulations from the Corona Statutes [de].

The versions of statutes with relevance to teaching and learning provided on this page by the Department of Legal Affairs (in particular admission and selection regulations as well as subject and examination regulations) are primarily for information purposes. This means that all amendments subsequently agreed upon by the University Senate have been integrated into the respective text of the original statutes; in the case of the examination regulations for bachelor's and master's degree programmes, this generally relates to extracts of the respective examination regulations (framework examination regulations, subject-specific provisions, and appendices).
The greatest care has been taken in writing these versions. Nevertheless, it cannot be entirely ruled out that errors may have occurred. Consequently, it is solely the officially announced statutes and statute amendments that are legally binding, i.e. as published in the Amtlichen Bekanntmachungen der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau [de] or, up to the year 2000, in the official gazette of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.

Central Student Advising Office

The central student advisory service - the Central Student Advising Office (ZSB) provides information and advice on all questions that may arise prior to, at the beginning of, and during a course of study. If you are seeking subject-specific advice in addition to this, you can also contact the respective subject academic advisor.

Departmental Academic Advising

Dr. Lanfen Guo
Institut für Sinologie
Werthmannstraße 12
79098 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 203-67758

Examination Office

Werthmannstr.8/Rückgebäude, 79098 Freiburg
Fax: 0761 203-9267

Bachelor- und Masterstudiengang, Lehramtsstudiengang gemäß GymPO I
Dr. Tobie Walther
Tel. 203-3221
Raum 02 010/2. OG
Sprechstunde: Dienstag 10.15-12.30 Uhr, Donnerstag 14.00-16.00 Uhr

Magister- und Promotionsstudiengang, Lehramtsstudiengang gemäß WPO
Annette Ehinger
Tel. 203-2011
Raum 03 011/3. OG
Sprechstunde: Dienstag 10.15-12.30 Uhr, Donnerstag 14.00-16.00 Uhr

Achtung: In der vorlesungsfreien Zeit gelten gesonderte Sprechstunden, bitte informieren Sie sich rechtzeitig vor einem Besuch.