Asian Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Semester)
    Tuition (Semester)
  • French
The Master in Asian Studies is a joint programme of the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences (SES) and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. The courses broach all aspects of society, from culture to history, economics, politics and international relations. The programme allows students to begin or continue learning an Asian language, such as Chinese, Japanese, Hindi and Korean.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Master’s students are encouraged to go on exchange, if possible for a single semester, given the duration of the programme. Students may go on exchange regardless of how many credits they have completed at the Faculty. Under regulations, students may earn no more than 24 credits (or 2 out of 5 modules in the Master of Arts) while on exchange. The dissertation cannot be substituted.

Unlike other fields of study, Arts degrees are not geared toward a specific career and graduates generally need to gain additional experience on the job.

Job opportunities may be found in the following areas: teaching, journalism, radio, television, publishing, libraries, documentation centres, archives, bookshops, museums, heritage protection organisations, international organisations, diplomacy, private companies, banks, administration, staff management, tourism, public relations, cultural activities, art dealerships, galleries and literary, linguistic and philosophical research and writing, etc.

Programme Structure

Courses (5 modules) (60 Credits):
  • Beginner or more advanced levels: Chinese, Japanese, Hindi1, Korean
  • Required courses and electives: History, Literature, International relations, Social sciences and development studies, etc.
Research (30 Credits):
  • Possibility of a internship either in an Asian country or related to Asia; thematic research and dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Partnership
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Academic Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree from a Swiss university or an equivalent foreign degree. Merit-based admission.

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 460 International
  • EUR 460 EU/EEA
  • Tuition fee is 500 CHF per semester


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