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Asian Studies (MA)

The Master’s in Asian Studies at Leiden University is your opportunity to earn a specialised qualification from one of the leading centres for Asian studies in Europe.

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Why study Asian Studies at Leiden University?

The Asian Studies master's programme offers one-year specialisations in East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the History, Arts and Culture of Asia, and the Politics, Society and Economy of Asia, as well as two-year specialisations in China, Japan*, Korea.

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Learn from internationally-acclaimed scholars

Expertise on Asia at Leiden University is internationally renowned and spans the whole of Asia. Small classes give you direct and regular contact with your lecturers, many of whom are at the leading edge of Asia-related research worldwide.

Admission and Application

Do you want to find out if you are eligible for this Master's Programme?

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Customise your degree

With an expansive curriculum and flexible programme format, the MA in Asian Studies allows you to tailor your degree to reflect your interests or career ambitions. Choose to focus on a language and a single country, or on a specific discipline and region, with access to an unmatched range of diverse electives.

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Develop your language fluency

During your studies you have the opportunity to develop your fluency in a classical or modern language. You also have the option to take an intensive modern Indonesian language course.

Benefit from our unique resources

All Asian Studies programmes make the most of Leiden University's world-class resources, including its famous and unique collections of Asian artifacts.

*For students considering to apply for the MA Asian Studies 120 EC specialisation Japanese Studies: 

Please be aware of the fact that due to Covid-19 the study abroad period in Japan will be postponed until September 2022. As a result of this, the structure of the programme will be different from what has been communicated on our website and may cause study delay. We therefore strongly advise students to consider applying for the MA Asian Studies 60 EC - track East Asian Studies instead. 

Asian Studies degree

Asian 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). 

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