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Study Exchange Programme with Japan

Jun 10, 2015

The Cluster/HCTS has established a cooperation with the Universities of Tokyo and Kyoto in Japan. It offers an exchange programme with scholarship options for master and doctoral students, especially from the Asian studies, economics, and political sciences. This winter semester, the second round of students is going to Tokyo and Kyoto.

Each year, a group of students can participate in the exchange programme with the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) of Tokyo University, and the Kyoto University Asian Studies Unit (KUASU). The students are exempt from tuition fee. In addition, they can receive scholarships either within the International Study Partnership (ISAP) with Kyoto or by the Japan Student Services Organisation (JASSO). The first is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and includes 1200 euro per month for a duration of six months. The latter JASSO scholarship is granted for up to one year and provided by the Japanese government for the Heidelberg-Kyoto exchange.

The exchange programme attracts mainly students from the M.A. Transcultural Studies. The master programme starts every October and encourages students to go abroad in the third semester. It welcomes applications by international students until June 15 each year.

The exchange programme has been initiated by Prof. Harald Fuess, Chair of Cultural Economic History and ERASMUS coordinator for the Cluster/HCTS and East Asian Studies. Japan is becoming the most important exchange partner country of Heidelberg University with around 50 exchange students going to Japan from Heidelberg each year.

The Kyoto University Asian Studies Unit (KUASU) was founded in 2012. It is an interdisciplinary academic centre for integrated Asian Studies aiming to open "a new window on Asia" by providing researchers and students from around the world with the opportunity to connect and to collaborate.

The Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) is situated at the University of Tokyo. The GraSPP offers a Master of Public Policy (MPP) aiming to train students in this field in view of today’s globalized world.

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  • The first round of students who studied in Japan

  • Design marks of the Universities of Kyoto and Tokyo