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Ibero-American Studies

Degree Master of Arts
Application required access-restricted
Course commences winter semester (recommended) and summer semester
Standard course duration 4 semesters
Format options full-time / part-time
Language requirements English level B1, Spanish level C1 (at application)
German A2 (foreign students, when handing in their Master’s thesis)
Language of instruction Spanish (in parts German or English)

Faculty of Modern Languages


Course outline

This academic programme is based on a holistic understanding of the Iberian and Latin American cultural areas, which include Spain, Portugal, Hispanic America and Brazil. Consequently, the degree programme focusses on these linguistic and cultural interweavings across Ibero-America as well as literary traditions.

It is thus concerned with contact phenomena that arise within a linguistic and cultural regions across territorial, ethnic, political or religious boundaries.  The focus lies on those areas of Hispanic and Lusitanian Literary and Cultural Studies, Linguistics, and Transcultural Studies that share a connection with transcultural contact phenomena in Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula, and between Europe and Latin America.

The successful completion of a B.A. in a philological or cultural subject is a prerequisite for this degree programme. The programme itself is concerned with the literary, linguistic and cultural phenomena. Beginners re not expected to have any knowledge of Portuguese.

Course structure

Master Iberoamerikanische Studien Modulübersicht Hauptfach
Master Iberoamerikanische Studien Modulübersicht Hauptfach+Praktikum

Remarks and explanations (especially regarding the abbreviations used) can be found in the module handbook.

Subsidiary (minor) subject

The Master’s degree programme Ibero-American Studies. Contact – Theories and Methods may also be studied as a minor subject accounting for 20 CP.

Master Iberoamerikanische Studien Modulübersicht Begleitfach

Main research interests

The degree programme is research-oriented and centres on transcultural interdependencies as a starting point for an encompassing theory-based evaluation of these processes. Their understanding as dynamic and ever-changing phenomena forms the basis for their ongoing timeliness and relevance for a scholarly debate.

Students will be provided with well-founded knowledge of major theories on the modern-day era, which will serve them as a basis for further specific and in-depth research. The focus will mainly be placed on identity theories, the constitution of subject and alterity, on transculturality and nation building as well as basic concepts to adequately describe phenomena of complex language contact situations. The subsequent target is to discuss terminologies, typologies and concepts bringing together different perspectives such as aesthetics, linguistics, social and cultural studies, in order to stimulate a dialogue across national, subject and paradigm boundaries.


Formal requirements



Access to the course is restricted, please consult the  Admission Regulations here.
To find out, which documents need to be presented for admission, please consult our information sheet (German, Spanish).Adobe

Prospective students from Germany

Prospective students from Germany can enrol without prior application at the Central University Administration building by the beginning of the lecture period. To matriculate , they are required to show a written statement of admission issued by the representative of the Master’s programme they wish to attend, confirming that the requirements set out in the Admission Regulations have been met. Please apply to the Department of Romanic Languages and Literature for further information on how to proceed.

International prospective students

Prospective students from other countries must apply in writing, so that their previous academic record can be verified. The deadline for international applicants is 15 June. Applications must be addressed directly to the International Relations Office. Please use the application form for admission to the Master’s programme provided here and enclose the necessary documents.

Further information

Current information on procedure


Study and examination regulations

Examination rules and regulations for the Master’s Degree Programme Ibero-American Studies (dated 15 April 2016)

Module Handbook

Please click here to find the latest Module Handbook.

Examinations board

Issues arising in connection with examinations, credit transfer and academic credential recognition are dealt with by the relevant examinations board/office. For more information, consult the academic advisor(s) indicated below.


Tuition fees at Heidelberg University are payable at the beginning of each semester.


Academic Advisors

Dr. Fernando Nina
Room 314
Tel:  +49 (0)6221 54-2768
Office hours can be found here.


Department of Romance Studies
Seminarstraße 3
D-69117 Heidelberg

Secretaries' office

Office 103
phone: +49 (0)6221 542731
fax: +49 (0)6221 543153


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