University of Heidelberg



The program will start again in October 2022. The application period for international students runs from April 15th to June 10th. German students can enroll until the start of the winter semester. Successful applicants should hold a Bachelor’s degree in a health-oriented discipline, a social science subject, or in cultural or regional studies. Candidates not fully meeting these criteria may nevertheless be considered. Students whose first language is not English must have IELTS of at least 6.5 or an equivalent TOEFL score (570 paper-based or 230 computer-based or 80 internet-based TOEFL points). We encourage South Asian students to apply.

Due to the current situation regarding COVID-19, we are accepting online applications.
Please note that for online applications, the deadline for international applicants is 10th June, 2022.

If you want to apply online, please ensure that:
  • You send us only one PDF which must include all the necessary documents.

  • You send the application with the PDF directly to the MAHASSA email address:

After receiving the complete application, we will print it and forward it to the admissions office.

Please note that if you are accepted, the admissions office will require you to provide certified copies of certain documents (e.g. degree certificates) after your arrival in Germany.

For administrative reasons, we ask students not to inquire about their applications until September. The staff of the Admissions Office for International Students are responsible for processing your submitted application dossiers. We ask prospective students to direct inquiries to the appropriate person.
For inquiries please contact the MAHASSA team: Phone:
+ 49 (0) 6221 54-15232
+ 49 (0) 6221 54-15232

Program Coordinators:

Pallabi Roy, M.Phil.

South Asia Institute
[R 130.02.18]
Department of Anthropology
Heidelberg University
Voßstraße 2/Building 4130
69115 Heidelberg

International Students

Please Note: All international students from non-EU/non-EEA countries are required to pay tuition fees of 1.500 Euros per semester. Students meeting specific requirements can be exempted from tuition fees upon application. For more information click here.

International applicants are to submit a written application in due time and form to Heidelberg University in order to participate in the application and selection procedure. Applicants must apply for admission using the application form (available here).
Additionally, you are required to submit a written statement to Heidelberg University regarding the financial provisions in connection with your studies. (available here).

Please complete the application form and submit all additional documents according to the instructions on the form.

These include:
  • Certified / attested copy of your higher education entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur, Highschool Diploma). A certified / attested translation into English or German is required for any relevant document written in another language

  • Certified / attested copies of all higher education diplomas (university, college, etc.), including a list of grades per semester / term (Transcript of Records) and your universities grading system. A certified / attested translation into English or German is required for any relevant document written in another language

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Letter detailing your motivation and reasons for applying

  • 2 academic letters of reference

  • Copy of your passport (identity page)

  • Your IELTS or equivalent TOEFL score as proof of your English language proficiency. This requirement is not applicable for individuals who are from native English speaking countries (such as Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and United States of America) or who have completed a University degree taught in English in one of these countries. In case you cannot submit your IELTS or TOEFL test score on time, you can also send us your results via email until the second week of July to
    Please note that there are online versions of the tests, too. For example, you can find the "at home" TOEFL test here.
    For more information on the required English language tests and test scores, please see the relevant section below.

If the bachelor's degree has not been awarded yet at the time of the application deadline, you have to submit a provisional certificate issued by your current higher education institution, certifying the study achievements completed so far (Transcript of Records). Your higher education institution must also certify that your current study program is expected to be completed by the beginning of the semester you are applying for at Heidelberg University. Please note that for administrative reasons late applications will not be considered.

The application form for admission including additional documents should be sent to the Akademisches Auslandsamt of Heidelberg University:

Akademisches Auslandsamt - Universität Heidelberg
Zulassungsstelle Masterprogramme
Seminarstrasse 2
69117 Heidelberg

German Students

German applicants must make an appointment with the course coordinator in September or beginning of October and show the following documents: B.A. certificate, higher education entrance qualification (Abitur), and an English language test score. Students will then receive a matriculation confirmation from the MAHASSA office, with which they can enrol at the Central Student Advisory Office.

Please note: German nationals who have obtained their B.A. degree outside of Germany should make an appointment with the course coordinator at least 8 weeks before the semester starts and provide certified copies of their diploma since the Akademisches Auslandsamt has to verify such certificates.

Admission Regulations (in German)

Notification of Admission or Rejection

Four to eight weeks after the close of the application period, all candidates will receive one of the following letters informing them of the results of their application:

Letter of Admission

All students will be notified by letter as to the results of the admission procedure four to six weeks after the final application deadline. The letters of admission contain all necessary information regarding the formalities of study, deadlines for registration as well as a declaration of acceptance on the part of the applicant which must be returned immediately.

Letter of Rejection

Letters of rejection, including the reasons for the rejection, are sent out within 8 weeks after the conclusion of the application period.

For administrative reasons, we ask students not to inquire about their submitted applications until September.

English Language Test

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The IELTS examination is organized by the British Council at least once a month upon request. Students are required to have a score of at least 6.5 in order to be admitted into the programme. Students should contact the nearest British Council centre in their home country to register for this test as soon as possible. For more information please visit

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

TOEFL is organized by the ETS (Educational Testing Service). It exists as a paper-based test (PBT) and as an online test (TOEFL iBT test). The format depends on the respective test center. For admission into the MAHASSA programme, the minimum TOEFL test scores required are 80 (internet-based TOEFL), 570 (paper-based TOEFL), or 230 (computer-based TOEFL) respectively. For more information please visit

Last modified 25th August, 2022

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