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Contemporary East Asian Studies

University of Duisburg-Essen

24 months
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The Master’s in Contemporary East Asian Studies at University of Duisburg-Essen is an English-taught social science-based program with a contemporary and interdisciplinary profile. 


The Contemporary East Asian Studies program at University of Duisburg-Essen offers research-focused training for highly qualified graduates with a BA or similar in politics, international relations, sociology or economics. Depending on an applicant’s prior education and training, conditional admission may be granted requiring up to 30 ECTS credits in additional courses.

The principal focus of the MA program is the theoretical and problem-centered analysis of societies, politics and economies in East Asia (China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea) and includes intensive training in an East Asian language.

Career Prospects

  • Students completing the MA degree are qualified for further studies at the doctoral level, for high-level positions in multinational corporations, in politics (including political consulting), in governmental and non-governmental think tanks and institutions, and in international organizations where intensive knowledge of East Asia and language proficiency is in high demand.
  • Some of our alumni have gone on to further their academic training by pursuing a PhD degree. 


Internal Accreditation (the University of Duisburg-Essen is system-accredited)

Programme Structure

  • The two-year Master’s Program (MA CEAS) (equivalent to four semesters) offers Chinese, Japanese or Korean language and the choice of a discipline corresponding to the student’s previous degree (sociology, political science or economics). 
  • It combines intensive language training with interdisciplinary and discipline-specific modules focusing on Chinese, Japanese and Korean studies. Methodological training is integrated into the Advanced East Asian Studies modules.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

We require a minimum grade of 2,5 (or better) on the German grading scale. Please use the Bavarian formula to transfer your grade.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Proof of English language proficiency, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, CET, etc.
  • Complete and up-to-date CV showing your professional experience and education
  • Copy of high school diploma (for Germans: Zeugnis der Hochschulreife)
  • Copy of BA degree certificate, including a transcript of grades showing an average grade of 2.5 or higher, based on the German grading system, and also including a transcript of any semesters spent abroad (Please use the so-called Bavarian Formular to calculate your CGPA in the German grading system)
  • Statement of reasons for applying for this program, including your interest in East Asia (1–2 pages)
  • APS Certificate (= Certificate of the ‘Akademische Prüfstelle’): relevant only for graduates from universities in China, Vietnamand Mongolia.

Tuition Fee

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    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.

All students are, however, subject to a student body and social contribution fee.

Living costs for Duisburg

640 - 880 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


2nd year students can apply for the Deutschland-Stipendium/UDE Stipendium.

Students may also apply to other stipends and scholarships.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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