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 AreasJapanese 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 StructureThe research focus at the Institute for Japanese Studies at Heidelberg University is on:
- Society and history of ideas in Japan
- Japanese literature and culture
- History, in particular as of 1868
- 24 months
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DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies View 84 other Masters in Area & Cultural Studies in Germany
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
- 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
International3000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1500 EUR per semester during 24 months.
EU/EEAFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 EUR per semester during 24 months.
Living costs for Heidelberg
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