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Transcultural Studies. Literature and language contact within the francophone area

Studienabschluss: Master of Arts
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Studienbeginn: winter semester (recommended) and summer semester
Regelstudienzeit: 4
Studienform: full-time / part-time
Sprachnachweise: English level B1, French level C1 (at application);
German A2 (foreign students, when handing in their Master’s thesis)
Lehrsprache: French, in parts German or English

Faculty of Modern Languages

Course outline

From a literature and culture studies perspective, this degree programme analyses phenomena arising from contact across territorial, ethnic, political and religious boundaries within the francophone linguistic and cultural area.

The focus is placed on the respective interdependencies of the francophone linguistic and cultural areas and their literary traditions. The degree programme takes an integral perspective on the entire francophone area of the world, from France via the francophone parts of Africa to Québec. During the course of study, an emphasis is placed on those aspects of francophone literature and culture Studies and linguistics as well as Transcultural Studies that show the interweavings of transcultural contact phenomena within the francophone area.

During the course students will obtain in-depth-knowledge and skills in literature and culture studies as well as linguistics. During the 3rd semester of the programme, they will have the opportunity to individually strengthen these skills during their academic semester at a partner university abroad. As an alternative, the third semester may be used for a work placement with a close correlation to the programme contents or an academic approach to some of the partial aspects in the programme.

The successful completion of a B.A. in a philological or cultural subject is a prerequisite for this degree programme. During the degree programme, students will strengthen their French language proficiency and will gain language skills in an additional Romance language.

Course structure

Master Transkulturelle Studien Modulübersicht Hauptfach

Master Transkulturelle Studien Modulübersicht Hauptfach+Praktikum

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

Minor subject

The Master's degree programme Transcultural studies. Literature and language contact within the francophone area may be studied as a minor subject accounting for 20 credits.

Master Transkulturelle 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 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 Transcultural Studies Literature and language contacts within the francophone area (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 advisor

Prof. Dr. Sybille Große
Room 110
Tel:  +49 (0)6221 54-2747
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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