Double Degree Kadir Has University Istanbul

The binational double degree program “Transcultural communication” offers a joint program between the MA Transcultural Studies at Bremen University and the MA Communication Sciences at Kadir Has University in Istanbul.

An international experience is integral to the program and enables the participants to directly practice and reflect upon inter- and transculturalism as part of their acedemic development.  

The two degrees are complimentary: in the Bremen MATS program, Anthropology, Religious Studies, and Literature are taught with a focus on migration, re-migration and transcultural relationships in contemporary and historical perspectives. In the Master of Communication Sciences in Istanbul, Cultural Studies, Media Art, and Social Sciences are taught with a strong practical orientation. A distinctive perspective on the situation in Turkey is developed against the background of a changing and interconnected world.

The goal of the double degree program is to qualify scientific experts for German-Turkish inter- and transcultural communication. The academic education based upon this international cooperation focuses on the development of an integrated international experience on equal terms. The result is a unique specialization in the field of Turkish-German communication in the areas of politics, economy, education and research. Graduates will have the ability to plan, evaluate, and conduct research on transcultural projects, and mediate and moderate transcultural collaborations. In Bremen these competencies are acquired through learning the practices of fieldwork and self-reflective positioning, and by engaging with the theory and practice of transculturalism through empirical research. In Istanbul, the focus lies on media research projects in the metropolis of Istanbul, on the analysis of German-Turkish cooperations and on the theories and practical applications of intercultural communication. Finally, the multilingual character of the program offers further opportunities for intercultural learning and communication.

Outcome: The graduates of the DAAD program gain experiences in the German-Turkish or Turkish-German dialogue in theory and practice that allow them to make important contributions to the Europeanization of German-Turkish relationships, by (1) theoretically understanding transcultural situations, (2) analyzing specific international activities, (3) intervening in transcultural negotiations as moderators, and (4) being able to reflect on their individual roles. Students are trained for careers in research and consulting in organizations, the media, developmental aid, technical and transcultural cooperations, tourism, and cultural work. They are qualified to shape bi-national and international projects. Through particular language skills and international experiences, the students are qualified for a career in intercultural communication and interaction in political and cultural fields.


1. The first term takes place at the students’ home universities and focuses on introducing the local MA program. Participants for the double degree are chosen and getting prepared for spending time abroad. At both universities, the disciplines are introduced with foundational courses on cultural theories, media and transcultural theories, and language courses: “Religious Dimensions of Transculturality” in Bremen and “Comparative Research Methodologies” in Istanbul. Additionally, the program offers specific preparation for the double degree and the international experience: mentoring, group meetings, and an introduction to the program by Turkish as well as German professors. In Istanbul, a similar program is offered.

2. The second term takes place in Bremen for all participants. In the beginning, introductory group meetings are organized for all participants to become acquainted, and contact persons are assigned to each student who answer questions, organize field trips into the city and the like. During this semester, mentoring, group meetings, and language courses take place continously.
Students take a closer look at anthropological research methods in the module “Methods of Anthropological Research” and through short research projects focusing on transcultural contexts in and around Bremen. A deeper understanding of text analysis is also developed with students learning various methods for the interpretation and analysis of written documents.

3. The third term takes place in Istanbul. Similar to the Bremen term, the students are introduced to the university via introductory group meetings and are offered continous mentoring and language courses.
In the module “Introduction to Media Theories and Intercultural Communication” students learn media theory and intercultural approaches, which they then apply to a research project focusing on Istanbul (for example in the module “City in the East – City in the West”). Additionally, two elective courses can be chosen for this term.

4. The purpose of the fourth term is to write the Master thesis. The thesis can either build on previous empricial work or have a more theoretical focus. During this term students from Bremen University will stay at the partner university in Instanbul, and the Istanbul students will stay at Bremen University. Each student must take part in a MA thesis colloquium throughout the term, and can choose additional courses on a voluntary base. The MA thesis is supervised by two advisors, either both from the home university or one from each country.


Those MATS students who are interested in the double degree can apply for it during the first term, once they have been registered in the Master Transcultural Studies. The application deadline is the 31.01.2018 and the application forms must be handed in at the Department of Anthropology and Cultural Research at Bremen University. Applicants will be informed about whether or not they are accepted into the Double Degree Program and also whether they receive a full scholarship by February 5th.

Application Requirements

  • Transcript of Records which documents 180 CP from the Bachelor’s degree on the basis of which the student was admitted into the MATS program,
  • Bachelor’s diploma with good or excellent Bachelor results (final BA grade of 2.3 or better; BA thesis with a grade of 2.0 or better)
  • Proofs of language competency: English at level B2 under the Common European Framework, a second language at level A2, as well as the motivation to learn Turkish up to A1 level by the 3rd term
  • 2-page letter of motivation in English language
  • short CV

We recommend that students interested in the program consult with Prof. Dr. Dracklé, or Dr. Oliver Hinkelbein before submitting their application.
The application must be usually submitted in mid December at the secretariat in SFG 4270. Please check the website for the actual deadline.