Kyoto-Heidelberg joint master's program to open in April 2018 (27 June 2017)

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On 27 June, the joint master's program in transcultural studies organized by Kyoto University's Graduate School of Letters and Heidelberg University's Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) received accreditation from Japan's education ministry MEXT, putting it on track for an April 2018 launch.

As a joint-degree program, it will be the first to be available from Kyoto U, and the first in Japan to be offered in a humanities/social sciences field.

Built on the two universities' unique strengths, and held in both Asia and Europe, the two-year English-taught program aims to prepare students for success in a global academic environment by equipping them with abilities to integrate knowledge from various humanities/social sciences disciplines and to effectively present to international audiences.

Students will choose one of three subjects -- "Knowledge, Belief, and Religion", "Society, Economy, and Governance", or "Visual, Media, and Material Culture" -- and study it for two semesters each in Japan and Germany. Finally, they will write a thesis in English under joint international guidance.

Guidelines for applying for the April 2018 program from Japan will be announced in early October.

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