The master’s program reveals what role communication plays in Ibero-American societies. With advanced knowledge from a variety of disciplines from the humanities and social sciences such as communication studies, political science, sociology, geography, linguistics, literature, cultural studies, and history, you will develop a holistic understanding of Ibero-America. You will gain an understanding of how languages and socio-cognitive factors shape the political and economic spaces of this macro-region, how social and communication dynamics interact in them, and which effects they have on the Ibero-American cultures, peoples, and their natural environments.

Basic Information

- Full-time Master's program

- 120 ECTS

- 2 years

- English and Spanish language study program

- Integrated research stays or internships abroad

- Study location: Heidelberg University, Germany

- Lectures begin in October


Students of the master’s program Communication and Society in Ibero-America have the possibility to develop their own individual profiles for professional fields in and outside academia. The knowledge and competencies you acquire prepare you for professional activity in research institutions to tackle current questions related to communication and society in Ibero-America from an interdisciplinary perspective. Outside academia, you are able to apply your knowledge of communication and society and your professional skills in working environments like communications departments of public institutions, NGOs, public relations, or press and media. A stay abroad within the course of study further promotes the building of your individual profile and will provide you with an opportunity for hands-on experience in future professional fields. The master’s program is closely tied to the HCIAS’ research program meaning the subject matter reflects current research on, in, and with Ibero-America. Learn from and with researchers at the HCIAS of Heidelberg University and abroad and become involved in their research projects.

Welcome Message from the Director of the HCIAS


Satomi Tanikawa

I decided to join the master’s program at the HCIAS because I believe that Latin America is a crucial region in the 21st century, and studying it from different social science angles, at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, will provide me with great opportunities in the future. The fact that the course is in English and Spanish is also helpful for non-Spanish native speakers like myself.

Satomi Tanikawa, Japan - Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature

Contact and Support


Martha Rudka, M.A.
Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies - HCIAS
Brunnengasse 1, 69117 Heidelberg
Tel.: +49 (0)6221 54-19334
E-Mail: martha.rudka(at)uni-heidelberg.de


  • Online or at the HCIAS (Brunnengasse 1), room 105
  • Advice in English, Spanish, or German
  • Please register via email: martha.rudka(at)uni-heidelberg.de
Martha Rudka