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This master's offers an exceptional range of courses in the field of East Asian Studies combined with advanced language training.

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typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track
The one-year Master's in East Asian Studies at Leiden University offers focused study of either China, Japan or Korea.

Study the country of your choice from different disciplinary perspectives including history, literature, art, art history, sociology, anthropology, media and cultural studies, religious studies, philosophy, economics, development studies, linguistics, or politics and international relations.

A flexible programme format gives you the scope to customise your degree to reflect your interests. Focus on a language and a single country, or a specific discipline and region.

Expertise on Asia at Leiden University is internationally renowned. Learn from some of Europe's best scholars in the field, many of whom are at the leading edge of Asia-related research in Europe. Small classes ensure you receive a high level of individual attention and support from your lecturers.

A key focus of this specialisation is on language training and developing your fluency in an East Asian language.

  • 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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The Master's in East Asian Studies is divided into two semesters and has a modular structure. Elective courses are offered in both semesters as well as an MA thesis on a topic of your choice, giving you a considerable degree of freedom for individual specialisation.
An important part of the programme (about one-third) consists of advanced language training in modern and/or classical Chinese, Japanese or Korean. The first semester consists of the core course Approaches to Asia, which is compulsory for all specialisations within the MA Asian Studies. You will also take advanced language courses, and one or two elective courses, which introduce the issues, debates and methodologies of a discipline in relation to your chosen countries or region of Asia. A thesis research seminar class will also be taken that is linked to one of your electives. The second semester combines language courses and further elective courses. You will write your thesis in conjunction with one of these electives. You are expected to use primary materials in Chinese, Japanese or Korean when writing your MA thesis.

A detailed outline of the curriculum for the Master's in East Asian Studies is available on the e-Prospectus: Please note that this guide applies to the current academic year.

Introduction to Asian Studies
5 EC
Language courses of your specialisation
10 EC
10 EC
Thesis & Methods Classes
5 EC
MA Thesis
15 EC
Language courses of your specialisation
10 EC
5 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet30% zelfstudie
45% theorie
25% praktijk
group discussion, lecture, individual assignment, literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, research proposal, seminar, internship, tutorial, self study
The objective of the Master's in East 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 language fluency, in-depth knowledge, and the ability to think critically and analytically are key goals of this master's programme. Opportunities are provided for students to broaden their world experience and professional skills to ensure they excel early in their chosen career.
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 2021

aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2021
collegegeld nog niet bekend


You should have sufficient command of either Chinese, Japanese or Korean:

  • Chinese: at least level 4 (HSK New Style) or level 3 (TOCFL). Please note that because an important distinguishing aspect of the programme is advanced language acquisition in Chinese, this specialisation is not suitable for native speakers, or for persons with a level 6 (HSK New Style) or equivalent level 6 (TOCFL).
  • Japanese: at JLTP 2 level, with a maximum of level JLTP 1. Please note that because an important distinguishing aspect of the programme is advanced language acquisition in Japanese, this specialisation is not suitable for native speakers, and persons with near-native fluency and a BA or MA degree from a Japanese university.
  • Korean: at level TOPIK 4. Please note that because an important distinguishing aspect of the programme is advanced language acquisition in Korean; this specialisation is not suitable for native speakers, and for students with a higher TOPIK level.

You should have 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.

A bachelor's degree from a Dutch research university with specialisation: Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies or Korean Studies. Or a bachelor's degree in the field of humanities or social sciences, with components at the bachelor's level (which may include the thesis) equivalent to at least 30 credits on the history, art, culture, politics, society and/or economy of one or more East Asian countries or regions.

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

estimated monthly costs

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.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


135 studenten volgen deze opleiding
60% daarvan is vrouw
23 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
74% daarvan is vrouw
27713 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
59% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

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 ...
Ethan Mark


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1/6 Universiteit Leiden
East Asian Studies (60EC)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
23 eerstejaars
73% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
2/6 Universiteit Leiden
History, Arts and Culture of Asia (60EC)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
23 eerstejaars
73% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
3/6 Universiteit Leiden
Politics, Society and Economy of Asia (60EC)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
23 eerstejaars
73% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
4/6 Universiteit Leiden
South Asian Studies (60EC)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
23 eerstejaars
73% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
5/6 Universiteit Leiden
Southeast Asian Studies (60EC)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
23 eerstejaars
73% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
6/6 Universiteit Leiden
Asian Studies (60EC)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
23 eerstejaars
73% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

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: East Asian Studies (60EC) aan de Universiteit Leiden is beoordeeld door 42 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 3.6 uit 5.

Na de studie

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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
  • Customer service coordinator at a European rail travel company
  • Editor at an academic publishing house
  • Guest relations officer at a hospitality company
  • Content editor at a booking website


Studielijn Universiteit Leiden
T: +31 (071)5271111
Coordinator Of Studies Asian Studies

Coordinator Of Studies Asian Studies MA

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