Heidelberg University and the Japanese partners, Kyoto University, Osaka University and Tohoku University have established student exchange programmes for undergraduate and graduate students.
With the support of the Baden-Württemberg Foundation, Heidelberg University and the three Japanese partners are also setting up a doctoral exchange programme in order to cooperate even more closely in educating junior researchers. Doctoral candidates from Heidelberg are eligible for scholarship funding for three to ten months to study in Japan, and likewise, candidates from the universities in Kyoto, Osaka and Tohoku can receive funding for study at Heidelberg University.
In July 2012, in accordance with the existing agreement on academic exchange between Heidelberg University and Tohoku University, Heidelberg University established a joint doctoral programme between the Graduate School of Law at Tohoku University and the Faculty of Philosophy at Heidelberg University.
The first joint summer school for consortium doctoral students was held in September of 2012 to open up new pathways of cross-disciplinary cooperation to talented young researchers. Renowned researchers from various disciplines shared how they forged beyond disciplinary boundaries and succeeded in building trans-disciplinary networks to tackle research problems.