Faculty of PhilosophyJapanese Studies – Bachelor 25%

Japanese studies in Heidelberg focuses on past and current Japanese culture and society.

Please note

The Bachelor of Arts 25% programme in Japanese Studies may only be pursued as a minor subject in conjunction with a major in the Bachelor’s 75% degree programme in East Asian Studies.

Facts & Formalities

DegreeBachelor of Arts
Type of programmeUndergraduate
Start of programmeWinter and summer semester
Standard period of study6 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman, English and Japanese
Fees and contributions171.75 € / Semester
Application procedureSubjects with no admission restrictions
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.

course content

The Bachelor’s degree programme in Japanese Studies is a specialisation in the degree programme in East Asian Studies. The BA in Japanese Studies enables students to learn about Japan and its historical, cultural, political and economic interrelationships with other East Asian nations at a very early stage of their academic programme. Courses in the department are designed in such a way so as to develop a specific understanding of Japan that is ultimately required to formulate and answer general related questions. The aim of this rather practical orientation is to scientifically deconstruct individual phenomena associated with Japanese culture and society and to integrate insights into generalised scientific discourse.

course structure

In the first four semesters, students complete an intensive language course (on average 15 contact hours per week) in which they acquire the linguistic foundations required for the programme. At the same time, they acquire fundamental geographical, historical and cultural knowledge of East Asia and, in particular, of Japan in various preparatory seminars. In the advanced, or specialised, studies component of the programme, and depending on their personal interests, they are given the opportunity to specialise in areas related to cultural studies, social sciences or history.