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Modern East Asian Studies

University of Duisburg-Essen

12 months
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The Master’s in Modern East Asian Studies at University of Duisburg-Essen is an English-taught degree program on contemporary East Asia for graduates with a BA in East Asian regional studies and outstanding knowledge of an East Asian language.  


The Modern East Asian Studies program at University of Duisburg-Essen aims to train students in the theoretical and problem-centered analysis of East Asian societies, politics and economies.

The program’s objective is to deepen and enrich students’ skills in assessing contemporary change, the challenges facing the East Asian region and the implications of such developments for Europe, doing so on the basis of strong language skills (in Chinese, Japanese or Korean) and a sound knowledge of discipline-specific methods and theories.

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.

Programme Structure

  • The MA program offers Chinese, Japanese or Korean language and a choice of a discipline (sociology, political science or economics). 
  • The program combines acquired language skills with interdisciplinary and discipline-specific modules focusing on Chinese, Japanese and Korean studies. 
  • Methodological training is integrated into the Advanced East Asian modules.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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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.
  • Proof of advanced East Asian language proficiency (Chinese, Japanese or Korean), equaling at least 60 credits or equivalent certification, e.g. HSK, JLPT, TOPIK, 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

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Living costs for Duisburg

640 - 880 EUR /month
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