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The HCTS welcomes new MATS students

05. Dez. 2019

A new generation of Master students has arrived at the Heidelberg centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) to pursue the Master’s in Transcultural Studies (MATS). Orientation days took place on October 9-10 at the Karl Jaspers Centre, introducing students to the structure, regulations and study foci of the programme.

In 2019, the Master´s in Transcultural Studies of Heidelberg University received 70 applications from more than 15 countries. 33 students out of 46 applicants admitted to the programme eventually enrolled in the MATS. They were welcomed and introduced to the MATS programme in the course of two orientation days, which took place on October 9-10 at the Karls Jaspers Centre.

The event started with a welcome address by administrative manager Dr. Oliver Lamers. Then Dr. Takuma Melber, coordinator of the MATS, gave the students a general introduction to the HCTS and the recently established Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS). Afterwards, the new MATS students introduced themselves, and study focus advisor Dr. Martin Hofmann informed them about the aims, structure, and regulations of the programme. He also provided them with an overview of their first semester and an outlook for their two years of study in Heidelberg. At the end of the first day, students had the opportunity to get in touch with representatives of the MATS student body, the MATS-Fachschaft.

On the following day, the HCTS professors introduced the students to their respective professorships and research, while Charlotte von Knobelsdorff gave information about Heidelberg University’s Equal Opportunities Office. The event was closed by a Q&A session with the programme’s study focus advisors Dr. Cathrine Bublatzky, Dr. Martin Hofmann, Dr. Franziska Koch, and Dr. Takahiro Yamamoto.

The M.A. Transcultural Studies is a two-year full-time programme. At the end of their first semester, students choose one of the following three study foci for specialization: "Knowledge, Belief and Religion," "Society, Economy and Governance," or "Visual, Media and Material Culture." During their first year of studies, students attend seminars and lectures that introduce them to the methods and theories of Transcultural Studies as well as to specific topics within their respective study focus. The third semester may be used as a mobility window (e.g. study exchange or research internship) or for further specialization in various research fields, while the fourth semester is spent writing the master thesis.

Since the M.A. in Transcultural Studies was started in 2011, it has attracted high interest from around the world, resulting in consistently high numbers of applications from Germany and abroad.

You can find more information on the M.A. Transcultural Studies website.


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