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Immense Interest in the M.A. Transcultural Studies

Nov 17, 2014

About 90 students from all over the world have been accepted this year to the M.A. Transcultural Studies. The MATS programme coordinated by Prof. Harald Fuess is the most popular study programme of Heidelberg University among international students. This academic year it will offer about 60 courses in areas such as history, religion and visual culture.

The first year MATS course introducing the field of Transcultural Studies, co-taught by Prof. Monica Juneja, Prof. Joachim Kurtz and Dr. Martin Dusinberre, attracts the largest number of students including many coming from other disciplines. Other courses this semester cover topics such as "Global Legal Issues in a Comparative Perspective (Prof. Christian Förster), "Global Economic History" (Prof. Harald Fuess), "Migration" (Dr. Steven Ivings), "Museums of Art, Ethnography and Industry in Japan, India und Europe" (Prof. Monica Juneja and Prof. Melanie Trede) and "Tibet in the 20th Century" (Dr. Markus Viehbeck).

The M.A. Transcultural Studies is a two-year full-time course of study. The students select one of the following study foci: "Society, Economy and Governance", "Knowledge, Belief and Religion", or "Visual, Media and Material Culture". In the first two semesters, they attend seminars and lectures which introduces them to the methods and theories of Transcultural Studies. The third semester may be used as a mobility window where students can obtain scholarships to study at MATS partner universities such as Kyoto, Hyderabad, SOAS London, Inalco Paris, or Leiden to name just a few, while the fourth semester is reserved for the MATS Thesis Colloquium and writing the master thesis.

Since the M.A. Transcultural Studies was started by the Cluster in 2011, it has attracted growing interest from around the world. This has resulted in about 160 applications from Germany and abroad this year. The new students come from about 20 countries such as China, Russia, Finland, Portugal, Korea, or Iran. Graduates usually secure jobs in international organizations or multi-national corporations while others are accepted into the Ph.D. degree programmes of various disciplines of leading international research universities.


Visit the programme website for more information.


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