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Tuition Fees for non-EU/EEA citizens

As of winter semester 2017/18 international students from non-EU or non-EEA countries enrolled in undergraduate degree programmes and consecutive Master's degree programmes at institutions of higher education in Baden-Württemberg are subject to tuition fees. Tuition fees must also be paid by all German and international students studying for a second degree.


Please make sure that you have read the MATS APPLICATION FAQ before you apply for a place in the MA Transcultural Studies or contact the MATS coordination office.

Admission Requirements

Applications can only be submitted for the winter term of each year and must contain the following documents:

  1. Certified copy of the BA degree (or equivalent)
  2. Certified copy of the transcript of records
  3. Certified copies of language certificates (English plus two additional languages)
  4. Letter of motivation (in English; max. 900 words)
  5. CV (in English; max. two pages)
  6. A formal statement confirming that you wrote the letter of motivation by yourself without the help of others and properly indicated the use of all ideas from additional sources.

Additional documents required from international applicants

1. + 2.) Applicants for the M.A. Transcultural Studies must hold a B.A. or equivalent (at least three years of study) in a discipline of the humanities, cultural or social sciences with an above average grade.

3.) Applicants need to prove very good proficiency in English, i.e. at least level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), by means of either one of the following tests:

  • a minimum score of 100 in the internet-based or 600 in the paper-based TOEFL
  • a minimum score of 7.0 in the IELTS
  • a minimum score of 785 in the TOEIC
  • a CAE

Alternatively, a certificate from your university’s language department stating your proficiency level of at least C1 according to CEFR will also be accepted.

Furthermore, good knowledge of two more languages (at least level B1 according to the CEFRL), including the respective mother tongue, is mandatory.

Language certificates should not be older than four years. A certificate for one's first mother tongue is not required.

4.) The letter of motivation must convincingly explain the specific motivation to apply for the M.A. Transcultural Studies based upon the applicant’s thematic and regional areas of interest. How do your interests relate to the programme’s contents and aims? What study focus would you like to choose and why? In addition, the letter must detail the language and methodological qualifications of the applicant that will equip them for the M.A. Transcultural Studies. How do you want to build on and possibly expand these qualifications in your studies?

For further information please refer to the MATS APPLICATION FAQ!

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Application procedure for international applicants

For non-German applicants, the general regulations and deadlines of Heidelberg University for international students apply. They have to submit a formal application (including the “Application form for Admission in a Master programme”) in print and in one posting

by June 15th

to the International Relations Office.

Please note, that the International Relations Office will not notify you upon receipt of your documents!

The International Relations Office administers the application process and provides information on the application in general. Please direct all questions related to the posting and receipt of your application to

Keep in mind that international students must also include the filled-in "Application form for Admission in a Master programme" (PDF) in their application package.

Due to the current situation regarding SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19), the MATS admission board made the decision to give applicants the opportunity to hand in the required language certificates by September 30th, 2020. However, the application deadline of June 15th, 2020 still applies to all other application documents! The admission board will decide on a (provisional) admission of applicants based on the documents they have handed in by that date (June 15th, 2020).

Please be aware that an admission to and thus study in the MATS programme will not be possible without the required certification by September 30th, 2020.


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Application procedure for German applicants

German applicants have to send their application documents directly to the programme coordinator:

Universität Heidelberg

Exzellenzcluster “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”

MATS Office

Takuma Melber
Karl Jaspers Centre
Voßstr. 2, Gebäude 4400
69115 Heidelberg


While there is no fixed application deadline, German applicants should make sure that their documents reach us by mid-September at the latest in order to insure their timely enrolment.

All applicants will be notified via email after the admission board has finalized its decisions!

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