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MATS APPLICATION FAQ

The Programme

1. Is this the right programme for me?

2. How long is the MATS Programme?

3. When does the MATS start?

4. Can I do part-time studies?

5. Is it possible to choose a second major or a minor subject in addition to Transcultural Studies?

6. Is it possible to choose Transcultural Studies as a minor subject?

7. What courses are taught in the MATS?

8. Do I have to pay tuition fees?

9. Are there scholarships available?


Admission Requirements and Application

10. Am I eligible to apply to the MATS?

11. Does my BA degree qualify as relevant?

12. What are the requirements for admission into the programme?

13. I am an international applicant, how do I apply for the programme?

14. I am a German applicant, how do I apply for the programme?

15. What documents do I have to provide for my application?

16. I am an international applicant, where do I send my documents?

17. I am a German applicant, where do I send my documents? Can I send a pdf?

18. I have not yet finished my BA/received my diploma, what do I do?

19. How do I prove my English language skills / what language certificates do you accept?

20. How do I prove my skills in the additional two languages?

21. I am bilingual, do I still have to provide certificates for both languages?

22. What is meant by “certified/notarized” copies?

23. Do I have to provide letters of reference?

24. I do not fulfill all the requirements listed, can I apply anyway?

25. When should I submit my application? Is there a start date for submitting applications?


After the application

26. Will I be notified when my application has been received?

27. How long does it take until I receive the result of my application?

28. How will I be notified about the result of my application?



The Programme

1. Is this the right programme for me?

The MA Transcultural Studies is a research-oriented programme, which aims at preparing students for a future career in academia. Students should also have a keen research interest in the regions of Europe and Asia. As such, the MA Transcultural Studies relies heavily on theory-driven work and only to a very limited extend on applied and/or practical sciences. For almost all courses, students are required to give oral presentations, write term papers and prepare extensive reading materials before class.

What this programme is not about:

In order to avoid misunderstandings or failed expectations, we would like to clearly state that the MA in Transcultural Studies is not concerned with studies in Intercultural Communication, International Relations and Diplomacy, all aspects of applied economics (such as banking, marketing, management and business administration), linguistics and translation studies.

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2. How long is the MATS Programme?

The study plan for the MATS stipulates two years of studies (i.e. four semesters), in which students have to earn a total of 120 credit points.

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3. When does the MATS start?

The MATS only starts each winter term. You cannot begin your studies during the summer term.

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4. Can I do part-time studies?

No. The MATS is a full-time study programme (app. 40 hrs. of work per week).

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5. Is it possible to choose a second major or a minor subject in addition to Transcultural Studies?

No. The MA Transcultural Studies is a 100% major programme.

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6. Is it possible to choose Transcultural Studies as a minor subject?

Yes. You can choose transcultural Studies as a minor, in which case you have to earn a total of 20 credit points (see study plan for details).

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7. What courses are taught in the MATS?

For a complete list of course currently taught within the MATS you can consult the university’s online information system (LSF).

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8. Do I have to pay tuition fees?

No. There are no tuition fees for the MATS. However, an administrative fee is imposed by the university of currently 142,30 Euros per semester.

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9. Are there scholarships available?

No. Unfortunately, the MATS cannot offer students scholarships. However, Heidelberg University as compiled an extensive list of external scholarship opportunities you can consult.

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Admission Requirements and Application

10. Am I eligible to apply to the MATS?

Generally, if you hold a BA degree from a relevant discipline of the humanities, cultural or social sciences and fulfill our formal admission and language requirements (see below for details) you can apply for a place in the MATS.

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11. Does my BA degree qualify as relevant?

Our Terms and Regulations of Admission (official document in German only) require candidates to hold a BA degree in a discipline of the humanities, cultural or social sciences. However, our programme is a research-oriented Master, which means that your BA degree had to be research-oriented as well. Degrees in applied sciences like Business Administration, Management, Marketing, Communication etc. generally do not qualify as relevant degrees for our programme.

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12. What are the requirements for admission into the programme?

Please refer to our website for a detailed list of admission requirements.

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13. I am an international applicant, how do I apply for the programme?

All international applicants have to send their application package by post to the International Relations Office (IRO) of Heidelberg University. The deadline by which applications have to arrive at the IRO is 15 June of each year.

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14. I am a German applicant, how do I apply for the programme?

There is no official application deadline for German applicants (other than the enrolment deadline of Heidelberg University). However, to ensure your timely enrolment, your application should reach us no later than the beginning of September. German citizens can send their application directly to our office.

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15. What documents do I have to provide for my application?

Please refer to our website for a list of required documents. IMPORTANT NOTE: all official documents have to be translated into German, English or French!

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16. I am an international applicant, where do I send my documents?

Please send your application in one posting to

University of Heidelberg
International Relations Office
Seminarstraße 2
69117 Heidelberg
Germany

IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure to send your application early enough! Applications arriving after 15 June will be automatically rejected!

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17. I am a German applicant, where do I send my documents? Can I send a pdf?

We do not accept electronic applications. German applicants have to send their application in one posting to

Universität Heidelberg
Exzellenzcluster “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”
MATS Office
Jule Nowoitnick
Karl Jaspers Centre
Voßstr. 2, Gebäude 4400
69115 Heidelberg
Germany

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18. I have not yet finished my BA/received my diploma, what do I do?

If you have not yet finished your degree or have not yet received your final diploma, you have to provide an official letter from your programme coordinator, stating your current average grade and affirming that you are expected to finish your studies by the beginning of the winter term in Heidelberg (keep in mind that you will have to present your final diploma upon enrolment at Heidelberg University).

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19. How do I prove my English language skills / what language certificates do you accept?

You do not have to prove your English language proficiency if a) English is your mother tongue or b) you have earned your BA degree from a university in an English speaking country. In all other cases, you have to provide one of the certificates listed on our website.

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20. How do I prove my skills in the additional two languages?

Keep in mind that your mother tongue is counted as one of the additional two languages (unless it is English) and you do not have to provide proof for it.

Official language tests are the easiest way to prove your proficiency level of at least B1 according to CEFR (e.g. TestDaf for German, DELF/DALF for French, JLPT for Japanese). We also accept certificates from respective language departments of your university or proof through your transcript in case language studies were part of your BA programme (language course have to amount to 28 ECTS or 20% of your BA). Under certain circumstances, your High School diploma can also be accepted as proof (especially, if the language of instruction was not your mother tongue).

IMPORTANT NOTE: We do not accept language certificates that are older than four years!

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21. I am bilingual, do I still have to provide certificates for both languages?

Applicants have to provide a certificate for at least one of the additional languages.

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22. What is meant by “certified/notarized” copies?

This means that you cannot include simple copies in your application package. All copies have to be officially sealed/stamped/signed by the competent authority of your country in order to proof that they are in accordance with the original documents.

Please inform yourself about the official regulations for certifying/notarizing documents in your respective country!

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23. Do I have to provide letters of reference?

No. You do not have to provide letters of reference and the admission board is not taking any letters of reference in their consideration.

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24. I do not fulfill all the requirements listed, can I apply anyway?

Be advised that your chances of success are minimal to non-existent if you do not fulfill our formal admission requirements. However, you can always apply even if you do not fulfill all the requirements.

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25. When should I submit my application? Is there a start date for submitting applications?

We recommend to submit applications in March or April (take into consideration the shipping duration of your respective postal services). Earlier submissions are possible, but will not affect the processing or result of your application.

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After the application

26. Will I be notified when my application has been received?

No. The International Relations Office does not send out confirmations upon receipt of applications. Please also note that the MA TS coordination office cannot provide you with that information. If you want to make sure your application has reached Heidelberg University, you should chose a posting method with which you can track your shipment.

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27. How long does it take until I receive the result of my application?

After the application deadline has passed, it usually takes between six and eight weeks before all applications have been handled by the International Relations Office and evaluated by the MA Transcultural Studies admission board (depending on the number of applications).

IMPORTANT NOTE: We cannot answer any questions pertaining to individual applications until all decisions have been finalized by the admission board!

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28. How will I be notified about the result of my application?

All applicants that were not initially rejected by the International Relations Office will be unofficially notified by the MATS coordination office via email.

The official letters of admission or rejection are sent out by the International Relations Office by post. Please be aware that only the official letter of admission is the legally relevant document, entitling you to enroll at Heidelberg University.

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