Deze opleiding

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.


typeregulier, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig Engels
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.
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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

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

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

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
excursie, groepsdiscussie, hoorcollege, literatuurstudie, mondelinge presentatie, onderzoek, onderzoeksproject, onderzoeksvoorstel, seminar, stage, werkcollege
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.

Students can apply who have:

  • Good study results in the bachelor's programme;
  • The ambition and motivation to develop leadership qualities;
  • A broad and interdisciplinary span of interest.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2020
wettelijk tarief : € 2143 (€1072 in het eerste jaar)
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 18300

1 september 2021

aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2021
collegegeld nog niet bekend


Good academic writing skills should be demonstrated by a Writing Sample. You should submit a 1,250 word essay as part of the admission process. See for more information

Good grades comparable with an average mark of at least 7.0 (Dutch grading system) for the entire bachelor's programme, and a grade for the bachelor's thesis of a 7.0 or higher (Dutch grading system

Good grades comparable with an average mark of at least 7.0 (Dutch grading system) for the entire bachelor's programme, and a grade for the bachelor's thesis of a 7.0 or higher (Dutch grading system


  • Knowledge of the nature and role of as well as the ability to analyse and report on academic inquiry in the humanities or social sciences; and
  • Fundamental knowledge of pre-modern and modern China, Japan or Korea;
  • Knowledge of sinological, japanological or Koreanist traditions and understanding of disciplinary-methodological issues.
  • Sufficient command of Chinese, Japanese or Korean.

See for more information.

A bachelor's degree from a research university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic Bachelor's degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree. Prior education must include completed components at the bachelor's level (which may include the thesis) equivalent to at least 30 credits on at least three out of these six disciplines: history, art, culture, politics, society or economy of one or more East Asian countries or regions. For more information, see

Your motivation should be demonstrated by a well-argued and structured motivation letter in which the applicant indicates why he/she wants to follow the MA programme, and shows clear understanding of the content of the study programme, specifically listing two courses of the current study programme (from the e-Prospectus) and explaining why these appeal to the applicant. The statement should be between 700 and 1,500 words.

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

Inschatting maandelijkse studiekosten

bron: Nibud
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
Kasia Cwiertka


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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
Japanese Studies (120EC)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
6 eerstejaars
66% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
3/4 Universiteit Leiden
Chinese 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


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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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