Leiden University has one of the oldest and most established centres for Japanese Studies in the Western world – building on the country’s long and intimate relations with Japan. The two-year MA Japanese Studies programme, a specialisation of the MA Asian Studies, capitalises on this expertise in every way. Join a state-of-the-art and multidisciplinary programme taught by some of the leading academics in the field.
Japanese Studies at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a master’s degree in Asian Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).
Career prospectsSome of the occupations of our graduates include:
- Account Manager at Asahi Intecc, a Japanese company that develops metal wire for medical applications
- Analytics Assistant at Reed Elsevier, a provider of information services
- Area Manager Asia at the Netherlands Council for Trade Promotionn
- Marketing Trainee at Wakibi microcredit, a provider of microcredit
- Service Management Consultant at a company developing software
- Junior Project Manager at Concorde Group BV, a translation agency
- Coordinator, International Relations at Mima City Hall
- Consular Officer at the Dutch Embassy in Japan
- Translator and Product Developer at Kobe Bussan, a business supermarket
- Corporate Banking Assistant at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
More informationVisit official programme website
The first semester of the programme is held at Leiden and consists of the following courses:
- The core course Introduction to Asian Studies that explores the place of Asian Studies in the larger field of Area Studies and among the many disciplines represented in Asian Studies;
- A Thesis Class for a first grounding in the specific methodological and disciplinary approach most relevant to your expected thesis topic;
- Electives with a focus on Japan;
- Advanced Japanese language courses.
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- A copy of a valid passport or ID card
- A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
- CV (résumé)
- Language proficiency (if applicable)
- Copies of diplomas and transcripts
- Letters of recommendation
- Requirements for and how to submit letters of recommendation
- Japanese language proficiency
International18300 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 18300 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
EU/EEA2143 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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