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Master of Arts in American Studies

The Master of Arts in American Studies (MAS) at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) is a preeminent interdisciplinary program aimed at talented and ambitious graduate students from around the world. The MAS is a three semester program, however, a performance-related fast track option (two semesters) is available.
The program offers exemplary and interdisciplinary teaching that provides students with in-depth cultural knowledge about the United States of America, combined with a unique outside perspective. The curriculum includes a selection of courses from economics, geography, history, law, literature, political science, religious studies, and sociology. MAS students will benefit both from excellent academic teaching by internationally renowned scholars and from an interdisciplinary approach that meets the needs of future leaders. The MAS program is taught in English.

Application deadline is March 31st.

Study at a world-class research university
Become part of a premier institute for interdisciplinary research at Germany‘s oldest university; an ideal combination of innovation and tradition. Heidelberg was recently declared one of Germany‘s elite institutions of higher learning.

Enjoy our beautiful campus
The University is spread across the 800-year-old historic city center and a newer campus area north of the Neckar River. The HCA is located in a 300-year-old baroque townhouse just steps away from the University Library and the main lecture halls. This setting offers perfect working conditions as well as a welcoming atmosphere for students, scholars, and the public.

Join an international learning community
Heidelberg is home to over 30,000 full-time students, including more than 6,000 international students. Students from almost 44 countries have participated in the MAS program over the past four years. Heidelberg University also attracts aound 250 international scholars as Visiting Professors each academic year.

Benefit from faculty expertise
First-class academics from various disciplines teach in the MAS. You will have access to distinguished scholars from the departments of English and American Literature, Geography, History, Law, Philosophy, Political Science, Theology, and Religious Studies, as well as their departmental libraries.

Enjoy a first-rate library
Along with 6.2 million books, 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 more than 3,000 databases.

Access outstanding research facilities
Our students conduct research at globally renowned institutions such as the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, a United Nations depository library, and the Schurman Library for American History.

Experience Heidelberg
There is no better place to spend your year abroad! Set in the picturesque Neckar Valley Heidelberg’s beautiful historic center offers a romantic small town atmosphere with a cosmopolitan appeal. Enjoy easy access to the nearby cultural and recreational offerings such as the Black Forest and spectacular castles. With the new express train, Paris is only three hours away. A trip to Strasbourg and the Alsace takes less than an hour. Switzerland and the Alps are a mere two hours to the south.

For further information on the MAS program and the application procedure, please check out website: http://www.hca.uni-heidelberg.de/ma/index_en.html

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