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Japanese Studies

Heidelberg University

24 months
3000 EUR/year
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The Master’s degree programme in Japanese Studies from Heidelberg University provides comprehensive insights into the manifold topics associated with Japanese Studies and places special emphasis on acquisition of scientific methods and their application. 


The research focus is on Japanese culture and history in the context of its embeddedness in historical and current development in East Asia. 

The degree programme takes the East Asian context into consideration as well as the diverse relationships with the West. The focus of this Japanese Studies programme from Heidelberg University is therefore the examination of specific Japan-related topics on the basis of knowledge of the entire region.

The scientific questions that the students address are derived from cultural and literary studies as well as social sciences and history but are specifically formulated for Japanese Studies.  


The aim of the degree programme is to turn the graduates into specialists for Japan and to provide them with an understanding of Japanese culture that takes holistic, transcultural comparisons into account and simultaneously help them achieve the status of specialist in useful areas of application.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Demographic and Cultural Change
  • Effects of Environmental Change
  • Urbanisation and Migration
  • Religion
  • Media
  • Literature

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


Partially taught in German, Partially taught in English, Partially taught in Japanese
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120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Personal statement
  • Proof of language proficiency
  • Certificate of the undergraduate degree programme
  • Certificate of enrolment from the most-recently attended university
  • Students applying for a transfer or change of institution from a non-German university must also submit: a certificate of transferable grades from the relevant subject area
  • Proof of sufficient financing for completion of the course of study. This does not apply for applications from EU/EEA member states and applicants with a German university entrance qualification

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1500 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA- Fees and contributions: 171.80 € / Semester

Living costs for Heidelberg

922 - 1397 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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