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The MA programme in Asian Studies at Leiden University offers students an outstanding qualification from one of the leading centres for Asian studies in Europe.

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typeregulier, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track
The Asian Studies master's programme offers one-year specialisations in East Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia and two-year specialisations in China, Japan, Korea.

Expertise on Asia at Leiden University is internationally renowned and spans the whole of Asia. Learn from some of Europe's best scholars in the field. Small classes give you direct and regular contact with your lecturers, many of whom are at the leading edge of Asia-related research. All programmes make the most of Leiden University's world-class resources, including its famous collections of original Asian artifacts.

With an expansive curriculum and flexible programme formats, you have the scope to tailor your qualification to reflect your interests or career ambitions. Choose to focus on a language and a single country, or on a specific discipline and region.

An important goal of many programmes is developing your fluency in a classical or modern language. You also have the option of taking an intensive modern Indonesian language course.

  • Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 25th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.

Waarom aan de Universiteit Leiden?

Leiden University offers ambitious students the latest knowledge and the freedom to develop their own area of expertise.
  • Leiden University's Humanities Faculty recently ranked 17th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking. You learn from scholars who are at the leading edge of Asia-related research in Europe, as well as experts from our many international partner institutions. At Leiden, we develop your intellectual potential so you can make a difference in your future career.
  • Leiden University is one of Europe's top research universities and an international centre of expertise. During your studies you get access to the unique resources of Leiden University, including its world-famous library and renowned collections of Asian artefacts, as well as a wider choice of courses from which to explore your areas of interest.
  • Our reputation as a centre of excellence means that your qualification is respected by organisations worldwide. Our graduates enjoy successful careers thanks to their mix of relevant professional abilities, specialised and in-depth knowledge, and critical-thinking skills.


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specialisatie Chinese Studies

Taught by leading experts in the field, the Master's in Chinese Studies at Leiden University combines in-depth knowledge with advanced language proficiency.

Designed for ambitious and talented students, the MA in Chinese Studies brings you the best of Leiden's acclaimed faculty and resources, with a qualification that combines in-depth knowledge of China with advanced language skills.

Explore China from a broad range of perspectives and from a comparative and global viewpoint. Develop advanced skills in critical and analytical thinking, the ability independently conduct high-quality academic research, and an excellent command of Mandarin.

Expertise on Asia at Leiden University is internationally renowned. Learn from some of Europe's best scholars in the field. Small classes allow for direct contact with your lecturers, who offer insights from the leading edge of Asia-related research. Access Leiden University's famous sinological library, which contains one of Europe's largest collections of Chinese artifacts.

Two semesters of your degree are spent studying at the prestigious Shandong University in Jinan, China, offering you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in Chinese culture, language, and society.

  • Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 25th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.

specialisatie Japanese studies

This internationally-respected master's offers specialised knowledge into the most important aspects of modern and pre-modern Japan.

Taught by leading academics, the two-year Master's in Japanese Studies at Leiden University offers a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of East Asia and the region.

Leiden University has one of the oldest and most established centres of Japanese Studies in the Western world. A limited number of talented and highly-motivated students are accepted into this degree programme, ensuring each student receives a high-level of direct contact with lecturers, many of whom are top researchers in their fields. Your expertise will cover a comprehensive range of topics in modern and pre-modern Japan.

Japanese Studies is taught in an international classroom, where an outward-looking, interactive and stimulating approach to learning encourages students to become world citizens and first-class scholars.

You will develop important skills alongside your specialised knowledge, including sophisticated analytical and critical-thinking skills and the ability to independently conduct high-quality research.

  • Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 25th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.

specialisatie Korean studies

This master's offers specialised and in-depth knowledge on the cultural and societal issues of pre-modern and modern Korea.

The Master's in Korean Studies capitalises on Leiden University's position as Europe's leading centre of expertise on Korean studies.

Leiden University opened the first centre dedicated to Korean studies in Western Europe in 1947. During your studies, you learn from scholars at the leading edge of research on pre-modern and modern Korea.

Explore Korea from diverse disciplinary perspectives – at times using original source materials – from its religion and popular culture to its modern and contemporary history. Access the world-class resources of the Leiden University Library and its famous collection of Asian artifacts.

Small classes ensure you have direct and quality time both with your peers and with your lecturers, who are invested in helping you reach your full potential.

We encourage you to study part of your degree at one of our partner universities in Korea, such as the Seoul National University, Sungkyunkwan University or Yonsei University.

  • Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 25th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet15% zelfstudie
25% theorie
60% praktijk
excursion, group discussion, lecture, literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, research proposal, seminar, internship, tutorial
The objective of the Master's in Asian Studies is to equip ambitious students with the essential knowledge and skills to pursue a successful career in their chosen profession.

The development of in-depth knowledge and the ability to think critically and analytically are key goals of this programme. Opportunities are provided for students to broaden their world experience, develop fluency in a language, and gain professional skills in preparation for entering the job market.
study abroad
Students spend a year at a university in the relevant country, and write an MA thesis. Places in these Asian Studies specialisations are limited.
honours-/excellence program Leiden Leadership Programme

The Leiden Leadership Programme (LLP) is an honours programme of 15 ECs on top of the regular master's curriculum. The programme consists of training courses, seminars and a practical assignment.

Are you looking for an extra challenge in addition to your Leiden master's programme? Are you adventurous enough to look beyond the borders of your own master's programme? The Leiden Leadership Programme may be just what you are looking for.

The programme gives you the opportunity to develop your leadership skills. You will follow seminars and courses, as well as carrying out a practical assignment for a company or organisation as part of a small, multidisciplinary team. Your lecturers will be leading academics and experienced professionals from the business sector.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 17500

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2020
collegegeld nog niet bekend

These programmes require advanced proficiency in the relevant language. For more information, visit:

A bachelor's degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor's degree, in Humanities or Social Sciences.

studie kosten
bron: Universiteit Leiden
bedrag kostenpost
€ 10000levensonderhoudper jaar
inbegrepen in collegegeld

estimated monthly costs

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350kamerhuur in Leidenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1218totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven


67 studenten volgen deze opleiding
76% daarvan is vrouw
6 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
67% daarvan is vrouw
27713 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
59% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


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Op kamers in Leiden

31058studenten studerend
12630studenten woonachtig   
€ 350gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
20 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Robert Beers
Robert Beers - Student Testimonial Asian Studies Leiden University

After completing my BA in Japanese Studies, I was looking for a master's programme that would expand both my knowledge and my horizon. I chose the Asian Studies programme because it offered both, so it was a perfect fit.

Whichever track you choose within the programme, there is plenty of flexibility and freedom to pursue your own academic interests. I really enjoyed the diversity of the curriculum. My field of study being sociology, I wrote my thesis about the relationship between international fans and anti-fans in Korean popular music...
Another great asset is the option to do an internship. This is a great way to prepare you for your career.

Intercultural sensitivity
In my current job as an account manager, I can tell that this programme has brought me a lot of benefits. It improved my analytic skills, critical thinking and problem solving ability. Furthermore, my heightened intercultural sensitivity and communication skills help me every day when doing business with contacts from all over the world.

lees verder ...
Kasia Cwiertka
Prof. Kasia Cwiertka - Testimonial Asian Studies Leiden University

"We stimulate students to tailor their own path and exploit the opportunities provided by the programme for their own advantage, according to their interest and needs."


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1/4 Universiteit Leiden
Asian Studies (120EC)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
6 eerstejaars
66% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
2/4 Universiteit Leiden
Chinese Studies (120EC)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
6 eerstejaars
66% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
3/4 Universiteit Leiden
Japanese Studies (120EC)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
6 eerstejaars
66% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
4/4 Universiteit Leiden
Korean Studies (120EC)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
6 eerstejaars
66% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
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Feiten en / studie in cijfers


bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete
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De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2015 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Asian Studies (120EC) aan de Universiteit Leiden is beoordeeld door 15 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 3.7 uit 5.

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Leiden University's Humanities graduates do very well in the job market. A master's degree enhances the career prospects of all bachelor's graduates, as does relevant work experience during your studies and choosing your electives strategically.
As a graduate of the MA in Asian Studies, you are qualified to work within a variety of fields where there is a demand for expertise in Asia, including journalism and publishing, international trade and marketing, business, public relations, education and development aid, and in government, international organisations and NGOs.

Some of the occupations of our graduates include:

  • Account manager at a translation agency
  • Quality analyst at an IT consultancy agency
  • Project manager at a trading and consultancy company in India
  • Owner of a consultancy firm
  • Consultant at a defence and security company
  • Communications officer at an animation studio in Japan
  • Relations management officer at an organisation promoting internationalisation in education
  • Editor at an academic publishing house
  • Guest relations officer at a hospitality company
  • Content editor at a booking website

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