The Modern East Asian Studies program from the 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.
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.
Students completing the MA degree will be prepared for further studies at doctoral level, for high-level positions in multinational corporations, in politics (including political consulting), in governmental and non-governmental think-tanks, and in international organizations where intensive knowledge of East Asia and language proficiency are in high demand.
Internal Accreditation (the University of Duisburg-Essen is system-accredited)
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- During the first semester of the one-year (two-semester) MA program, MEAS students deepen their Chinese, Japanese and Korean language skills by focusing on advanced reading of essays and newspaper articles. Additionally, students choose three out of eight Advanced East Asian Studies (AEAS) modules, complemented by one elective module.
- During the second and last semester of the MA MEAS, students concentrate on writing their Master’s thesis. The thesis is an independent piece of research about a cutting-edge topic on contemporary East Asia. It is intended to provide evidence of the student’s newly acquired knowledge, theoretical and methodological skills in East Asian regional studies, and language proficiency.
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Deadline passed, EEA/EU
- Deadline passed, National
- Deadline passed, Local
Due to the corona crisis, the start of lectures in winter term 2020 has been pushed back to Nov. 2nd.
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graduates with a BA in East Asian regional studies and outstanding knowledge of an East Asian language
- motivation and interest for a study program focussed on East Asia
Successful applicants who meet the requirements are strongly recommended to accept the invitation for an interview to test their aptitude and motivation for the study program.
Candidates from abroad can be interviewed via video conference
- For the application procedure and required documents, see here: https://www.uni-due.de/in-east/study_programs/ma_meas/prospective_students.php#procedure
InternationalFreeTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEAFreeTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
All students are, however, subject to a student body and social contribution fee.
2nd year students can apply for the Deutschland-Stipendium/UDE Stipendium.
Students may also apply to other stipends and scholarships.
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