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Japanese Studies

Heidelberg University

24 months
3000 EUR/year
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Japanese studies in University of Heidelberg focuses on past and current Japanese culture and society.


The Master’s degree programme in Japanese Studies at the University of Heidelberg 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 Master’s degree programme 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.

Occupational Areas

Japanese Studies does not directly train students for a specific career. Graduates of the subject can enter into professions that are associated with Japan by applying their specific skills and aiding with an enhanced and refined understanding of general questions and issues thanks to their various encounters with Japan, its culture and society.

Programme Structure

The research focus at the Institute for Japanese Studies at Heidelberg University is on:  
  • Politics 
  • Society and history of ideas in Japan 
  • Japanese literature and culture 
  • History, in particular as of 1868 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


Partially taught in German, Partially taught in English


120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application for enrollment (available in the service portal )
  • acceptance letter
  • the originals of school certificates relevant for admission and, where applicable, university certificates
  • 1 passport photo

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.

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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