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Asian and Transcultural Studies with VeniceDouble Doctoral Degree Program

The Faculty of Philosophy at Heidelberg University and the Department of Asian and North African Studies at Ca' Foscari University of Venice jointly conduct the Double Doctoral Degree Program in Asian and Transcultural Studies for up to ten excellent doctoral candidates. Candidates will be co-supervised by one professor at Heidelberg University and Ca' Foscari University, respectively. Upon successful completion of their doctoral studies, they will receive a doctoral degree diploma from both universities that refers to the double degree program and the partner university.

Aims and Structure

The three-year Doctoral Degree Program in Asian and Transcultural Studies focuses on Eurasia and/or the Mediterranean. The program employs a transcultural approach to study these regions in a way that transcends notions of historically fixed geographical, ethnic or linguistic borders. By instead focusing on processes of cultural exchange, it challenges the limitations imposed by such boundaries and the institutions that reproduce them.

Candidates have access to a large and vibrant international academic community being trained at two of Europe’s top universities. They spend a minimum of one year at each university. Generally, the second year will be spent doing fieldwork or at the partner university. In addition, they participate in regular joint graduate student workshops.

The program combines the European model of individualized doctoral studies with structured guidance by both institutions. Students will be assigned one advisor from each university.

Program website at Ca' Foscari


Interested candidates can apply to either partner university as their home institution. However, they have to meet the formal requirements and fulfill the respective process at both, Ca' Foscari and Heidelberg University.

Details on application