International Programmes 2019/2020

Master of Arts in American Studies (MAS) Master of Arts in American Studies (MAS)

Universität Heidelberg • Heidelberg

Degree
Master of Arts in American Studies
Course location
Heidelberg
Teaching language
  • English
Languages

Courses are held in English (100%).

Programme duration
4 semesters
Beginning
Winter semester
Application deadline

International students: 15 June

German students: 30 September

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Varied
Additional information on tuition fees

Under state law, there are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union enrolled in so-called consecutive MA programmes at Heidelberg University.

For non-EU citizens, tuition is 1,500 EUR per semester, due prior to the beginning of each semester (15 July / 15 February).

Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
No
Joint degree / double degree programme
No
Description/content

The Master of Arts in American Studies (MAS) at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) is a distinguished interdisciplinary programme aimed at qualified graduate students from around the world. It offers inside knowledge combined with an outside perspective. MAS participants benefit from both excellent teaching by internationally renowned scholars and from an interdisciplinary approach that meets the needs of future leaders. The curriculum includes subjects ranging from American literature and culture to geography, history, law, political science, economics, and theology/religious studies.

The subject-specific component of the programme is divided into four parts:

  1. Main modules: Students choose two of the HCA’s offered disciplines as core disciplines in which they will develop and deepen their subject-specific knowledge and skills. Main modules in the chosen disciplines come with a minimum of one seminar that will be exclusively available to MA students, as well as an additional course (in either lecture or seminar format). Students can select their core disciplines freely. They may combine two fields from the humanities or from the social sciences, or they may choose to traverse academic disciplines. All combinations are possible.
  2. Research module: After finishing the main modules, students complete a research module in order to immerse themselves more fully in one of their two core disciplines. For the research module, students will participate in a seminar offered exclusively to MA students. In an “Independent Study” format, students will autonomously work through and discuss with their professor an assigned reading list. This will usually serve as preparation for writing the MA thesis.
  3. Flexibility module: In the flexibility module, students may choose 12 credits worth of courses from any discipline offered in the programme. For these elective credits, any combination of courses is allowed. Students can either choose to broaden their understanding of American Studies with classes outside of their core disciplines, or they can choose to focus more deeply on their primary areas of interest.
  4. Interdisciplinary module: The interdisciplinary module serves to promote an interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and demonstrate the synergistic potential of such an approach. Students will take part in an interdisciplinary seminar offered by instructors from two different disciplines, as well as a two-semester interdisciplinary colloquium in which variegated topics and approaches from the field of American Studies will be discussed.

The section of the programme on “comprehensive competencies” is divided into the following three parts:

  1. Methodology module: In this module, students will deepen their understanding of the theoretical and empirical methods of American Studies.
  2. Cross-cutting perspectives: In this module, students will take courses outside of the area of American Studies.
  3. Mobility window: The mobility window provides students with the opportunity for intensive and practical engagement with their degree in American Studies.
Course organisation

The MAS is a four-semester programme that starts each winter semester. 
Please check our website at http://www.hca.uni-heidelberg.de/ma/program.html for a detailed programme outline.

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International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
Integrated internships

The MAS programme's mobility window provides students with the opportunity for intensive and practical engagement with their degree in American Studies. Students can complete an internship in a relevant field, or can choose to study abroad in order to foster cultural understanding and strengthen intercultural competencies. For students interested in pursuing an academic career, completion of a teaching assignment can also be counted toward this module, provided the assignment does not concern a constituent curricular component of the HCA’s BA or MA programmes.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
No
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
No
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Varied
Additional information on tuition fees

Under state law, there are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union enrolled in so-called consecutive MA programmes at Heidelberg University.

For non-EU citizens, tuition is 1,500 EUR per semester, due prior to the beginning of each semester (15 July / 15 February).

Semester contribution
Approx. 150 EUR
Funding opportunities within the university
No
Academic Admission Requirements
  • Academic admission requirements include an above-average Bachelor's degree in American studies, English studies, geography, history, political science, religious studies/history, theology/church history, or a related field. The degree programme should award 180 European credit points (CP) or have a length of at least three years of study.
  • Proof of your English language proficiency is required.
Language requirements

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Good level and better (overall grade with a minimum of 7.0 with at least 6.5 in each of the subsections)
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Internet-based version with a minimum score of 90 with at least 22 points in each of the subsections
Cambridge English Tests: 185 points on the Cambridge English Scale (C1/Proficient User)
High school diploma or a degree from an institution of higher education in an English-speaking country (Australia, Canada, Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, UK, USA)

Application deadline

International students: 15 June

German students: 30 September

Submit application to

International students:

Universität Heidelberg
International Relations Office
Seminarstr. 2
69117 Heidelberg
Germany

German students:

Heidelberg Center for American Studies
Curt und Heidemarie Engelhorn Palais
Hauptstr. 120
69117 Heidelberg
Germany

Accommodation

Students can apply to the "Studentenwerk" (student services) for a room in one of the university's student residences. Rent for a single room in a student residence ranges from approx. 168 to 577 EUR. Student services can be found at:
http://www.studentenwerk.uni-heidelberg.de/
Accommodation resources at the university are limited. Therefore, it is important that students look for alternative accommodation as soon as possible. A compilation of Heidelberg's most popular private housing websites can be found at: http://www.uni-heidelberg.de/university/life/living.html.

Universität Heidelberg

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View of the Old Bridge and Heidelberg Castle
  • Study at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA), a premier institute for interdisciplinary research at Germany's oldest university: an ideal combination of innovation and tradition
  • Study at a world-class research university: Heidelberg University is one of eleven German Universities of Excellence and the country's highest ranked university in the 2015 Shanghai Ranking. The university is spread across the 800-year-old historic town and the Neuenheimer Feld. The HCA's Curt and Heidemarie Engelhorn Palais is located just a step away from the university library and the main lecture halls. This 300-year-old baroque town house offers perfect working conditions as well as a welcoming atmosphere for students, scholars, and the public.
  • Study in an international learning community: Heidelberg is home to more than 30,000 full-time students, of which almost 6,000 are foreign students. Heidelberg University also attracts around 250 international visiting professors each year. Students from almost 50 different countries have participated in the MAS since its inception in 2004.
  • Enjoy faculty expertise: Accomplished scholars from numerous disciplines teach in the MAS programme. Students have access to the departments of English and American Literature, Geography, History, Law, Political Science, Theology, and Religious Studies, including their departmental libraries.
  • Enjoy a first-class library: Along with 6.2 million volumes, the university library system boasts over 8,000 journals in print, more than 100,000 electronic journals, almost 400,000 e-books, more than 900,000 dissertations, and offers access to more than 3,000 databases.
  • Enjoy superior access to the university's outstanding research facilities: our students conduct research at, amongst others, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Public Law (a United Nations depository library) and the Schurman Library for American History.

University Location

The Heidelberg Experience: there is no better place to spend your time abroad! Set in the picturesque Neckar Valley, Heidelberg's beautiful historic centre offers a romantic small town atmosphere with a cosmopolitan appeal. Cherish a safe and serene urbanity with bustling restaurants, cafés, and shops only a step away from a placid stroll or leisurely bike ride along the Neckar's shoreline. Youthful vigour abounds in this town that is home to Germany's oldest university.
Enjoy easy access to the cultural and recreational offerings of south-western Germany. Munich can be reached by train in three hours. Berlin is a mere five-hour train ride.
Set in the heart of Europe, Heidelberg is three hours away from Paris via ICE (Intercity Express Train). A trip to Strasbourg and the Alsace takes less than an hour. Switzerland and the Alps are two hours to the south. Furthermore, the proximity to Frankfurt and Stuttgart airports provides ideal opportunities for weekend trips to other European metropolises such as London, Madrid, or Rome.