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Study Exchange to Japan

The Cluster has established two study exchange programmes with two of the most prestigious universities of Japan. Both exchange agreements are tailored to students of the M.A. Transcultural Studies but are open to students from partner institutes as well. Please refer to the individual descriptions for more detail.

Kyoto University, Asian Studies Unit

The Kyoto University Asian Studies Unit (KUASU) was founded in 2012 at Kyoto University, the second oldest and one of the major national universities of Japan with about 22,000 students. The KUASU 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 language of instruction is English or Japanese.

The Faculty of Letters and the Faculty of Economics offer up to five spots at the KUASU for 1-2 semesters. Students from the M.A. Transcultural Studies and from partner institutes of the Cluster, including undergraduate as well as doctoral students, are welcome to apply. The deadline for application is March 15.

Financial support

- Exchange students will be exempt from tuition.

and

- The three top ranked students can receive a scholarship of 1.225,- € per month for one winter term plus air fare (875,- €) via the DAAD programme International Study Partnership (ISAP).

- Further promising participants may receive a JASSO scholarship depending on the availability of funds.

or

- You can apply for the PROMOS scholarship via the International Office at Heidelberg University. You can find the details here.
Application deadline: 15 April

or

-  The application for a "Baden Württemberg Stipendium" is open to all students. Please see the call for applications here.
Application deadline: 31 March


Application
To apply for the exchange, please send the following documents in due time to Ms. Christina Pietsch, administrative assistant to the Chair of Cultural Economic History:

sent directly by the lecturer:
-    letter of recommendation from a university lecturer

and all in one pdf-file:
-    letter of motivation, including the reason for choosing the partner university
     and planned topic of the master thesis
-    CV
-    university certificates and transcripts of records
-    proof of English proficiency (TOEFL: min. 90 in the internet-based,
     230 in the computer-based, or 575 in the paper-based; IELTS: min 6.5)
-    knowledge of Japanese advantageous

All application material, including the letter of recommendation, has to be in English.

FAQ:
- Do I have to apply for the scholarship separately?
  Depending on the availability of funds, the application for the Jasso
  scholarship will happen automatically if your application for the exchange   
  was successful. We will then let you know which forms need to be filled out.
  An application for the "PROMOS scholarship" or the "Baden Württemberg
  Stipendium" must be done separately. Please see the details above.
- Do you accept other English language certificates than TOEFL or IELTS?
  This is a requirement from Kyoto University and in general they do not accept
  other tests.
- Are there reports by former students?
  To learn about a first-hand experience of one of our graduate students,
  please read her Report on a Research Trip to Japan.

Tokyo University, Graduate School of Public Policy

The Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) is situated at the University of Tokyo, Japan’s first national university and one of the leading research universities. The GraSPP offers a Master of Public Policy (MPP) aiming to train students in this field in view of today’s globalized world.
The GraSPP offers up to two spots for 1-2 semesters.
These are open to master students from the M.A. Transcultural Studies and from partner institutes of the Cluster. The deadline for application is March 15.

Financial support:
- Exchange students will be exempt from tuition.

and

- Especially promising participants may receive a JASSO scholarship depending
  on the availability of funds.

or

- You can apply for the PROMOS scholarship via the International Office at Heidelberg University. You can find the details here.
Application deadline: 15 April

or

-  The application for a "Baden Württemberg Stipendium" is open to all students. Please see the call for applications here.
Application deadline: 31 March

Application
To apply for the exchange, please send the following documents in due time to Ms. Christina Pietsch, administrative assistant to the Chair of Cultural Economic History:

sent directly by the lecturer:
-    letter of recommendation from a university lecturer

and all in one pdf-file:
-    letter of motivation, including the reason for choosing the partner university
     and planned topic of the master thesis
-    CV
-    university certificates and transcripts of records
-    proof of English proficiency (TOEFL: min. 90 in the internet-based,
     230 in the computer-based, or 575 in the paper-based; IELTS: min 6.5)
-    knowledge of Japanese advantageous

All application material, including the letter of recommendation, has to be in English.

FAQ:
- Do I have to apply for the scholarship separately?
  Depending on the availability of funds, the application for the Jasso
  scholarship will happen automatically if your application for the exchange   
  was successful. We will then let you know which forms need to be filled out.
  An application for the "PROMOS scholarship" or the "Baden Württemberg
  Stipendium" must be done separately. Please see the details above.
- Do you accept other English language certificates than TOEFL or IELTS?
  This is a requirement from Tokyo University and in general they do not accept
  other tests.

In case of further questions regarding these exchange programmes, please contact Ms. Pietsch.

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