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Italy in Contact – Literature, Arts, Languages, Cultures

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

Faculty of Modern Languages


Course outline

This degree programme mainly focuses on those core areas of Italian literature and culture studies as well as linguistics that share a connection with transcultural contact phenomena in the field of Italian-Romance cultures. An emphasis is given to contact phenomena from a linguistic, literary or cultural background, for example in a territorial, ethnic, political or religious context.

With a separate specialisation, this degree programme integrates cross-disciplinary related subjects that are of special relevance for the Italian language and the corresponding cultural area. To do so, the compulsory elective components in the programme are partially offered through cooperations. Students may choose to take European art history, history, music(ology) or Transcultural Studies. This way, interdependencies of Italian language and cultural dynamics will be researched from a cross-disciplinary perspective with related subjects.

The successful completion of a B.A. in a philological or cultural subject is a prerequisite for this Master’s degree programme.

Course structure

Master Italien im Kontakt Modulübersicht Hauptfach

Master Italien im Kontakt 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 Italy in contact – Literature, arts, languages and culture may also be studied as a minor subject accounting for 20 CP.

Master Italien im Kontakt 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 and to interlace perspectives from an aesthetics, linguistics, social and cultural studies point of view, in order to stimulate a dialogue across national, subject and paradigm borders.


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:

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 Master’s Italy in contact – Literature, arts, languages and cultures (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. Till Stellino
Room 310
Tel:  +49 (0)6221 54-2762
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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