On June 27, 2017, the Kyoto University Graduate School of Letters received the authorization from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to establish a “Joint Degree Master of Arts Program in Transcultural Studies” with its partner, the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) at Heidelberg University, Germany. Complementing the accreditation of an international variant of the HCTS Master in Transcultural Studies (MATS), this new major was opened in October 2017 to enroll its first cohort of students in April 2018.  The new Master program with Heidelberg University is the first joint degree established by Kyoto University and the very first such program in the humanities and social science with an international partner in all of Japan.

Building on the strengths of both institutions, this jointly conducted English-language graduate program offers students access to an interdisciplinary field in the humanities and social sciences to study and research transcultural dynamics between and within Asia and Europe in a global context. After a basic introduction into the theories and concepts of a transcultural approach, students will choose one of three study foci “Knowledge, Belief and Religion” (KBR), “Society, Economy and Governance” (SEG), or “Visual, Media and Material Culture” (VMC). Students enrolled in this program will spend one year at their home institution, the university where they enrolled in first, and one year at the partner university, while being supervised by academic staff from both institutions. The program completes with the successful submission of a master thesis in English in accordance with international academic standards.

For details, please visit the program website.

Interested students are invited to an orientation on November 18, 2017 (Sat), 13:30-15:30, at the Kyoto University Tokyo Office.

They will learn about the new Transcultural Studies major and how to apply for a position in the joint degree program. Please find the orientation poster here.


Place: Kyoto University Tokyo Office

Tokyo, Chiyoda, Marunouchi 1-5-1, Shin-Marunouchi Bldg., 10th floor

Time: 13:30 to 15:30

Language: English and Japanese

Please register until November 12 via info[a]


For details, please visit here.