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Contemporary Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

University of Tartu

24 months
3800 EUR/year
3800 EUR/year
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Come join our English-taught master’s programme in Contemporary Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Tartu. 


In the base module focuses on Asian and Middle Eastern civilizations and mindsets, on economic developments and demographics in the region. Participating in active discussions you get an comparative perspective on understanding developments in Asia and Middle East. The elective module enables you to choose courses of your interest with a regional and/ or disciplinary focus.

An internship is mandatory in the Contemporary Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Tartu, which prepares you for your future career and enables you to further develop your practical skills as well as extend your professional networks. For your internship you can access, for example, start-ups and companies or organizations and develop your skills and expertise in Asian or Middle Eastern cultures in a practical context.


Our graduates have the skills and knowhow to work in with refugees at the UNHCR or become diplomats, provide area-specific expertise to new businesses or create their own NGO. You can engage with a vast range of topics from international relations and business to demographic trends and human rights management. 

Whatever you choose, you can be sure that the need for experts in Asian and Middle Eastern studies is increasing both in public and private sector. We will do our very best to support your progress and future employment. 

Programme Structure

Extra-curricular activities

  • The master’s programme takes good care of its students’ free time and offers multiple options for extra-curricular activities. Student life in Tartu is very lively.

  • The University of Tartu hosts many student societies and region-specific academic organisations. It is home for the Asia Centre, the International Relations Society, the Estonian Academic Oriental Society, and many other clubs and organisations.
  • Students of the programme can participate and be part of the organising team of the biggest Asia-topic conference in the Scandinavian and Baltic region Asia Update. Asia Update 2020 brings together local, regional and international experts, business people and decision-makers who engage with Asia to share ideas and build networks for future growth and development. 


Dr. Eva Liias, Programme Director

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • 15 May for non-EU applicants
  • 30 June for EU/EEA/Swiss/UK applicants


120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification (must be obtained by the end of July)
  • English language proficiency 
  • the score of the motivation letter (yields 70% of the final score)
  • the average grade of the previous study level (yields 30% of the final score)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3800 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 3800 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3800 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 3800 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Tartu

300 - 600 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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