Ute Franke-Vogt studied Near Eastern Archaeology, Iranistian Studies, and Cultural Anthropology in Goettingen, Munich and Berlin, Germany. Having widely travelled and excavated in Iraq and Iran, she wrote her MA thesis on the Islamic tiles from Taht-e Soleyman, Iran.
In 1981, she turned to Pakistan and worked with the German Research Project Mohenjo Daro, Aachen University, until the end of the project in 1987. Her Ph.D. thesis was devoted to the inscribed objects from Mohenjo Daro. Being also interested in the trade between Mesopotamia and the Indus, she visited the Gulf countries and worked on prehistoric and Islamic sites in the United Arab Emirates between 1986 and 1995.