M.A. Asian Studies

  • On Campus
  • 15 months
  • EUR700 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR700 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • French ( Find a course )
Geneva - University of Geneva | Geneva, Switzerland
The Master in Asian Studies offers multidisciplinary (culture, language, history, society, economics, politics, external relations, development cooperation) and intellectual training. The aim of instruction is to give students a well-rounded knowledge of Asian countries, both as such and in their relations with the rest of the world. It is unique in combining theory and practice, and thus offers the most complete preparation possible for dealing with Asia in various professions.



This specialised Master’s degree 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, Hindi1and Korean.

Career opportunities

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.

1This course is part of the Religious Studies programme at the University of Lausanne.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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    General deadline, applies to everyone.

Tuition fee
  • EUR 700 per year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR 700 per year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.


500 CHF / semester

During the online application process, applicants with a foreign degree will be charged an administrative fee of 65 CHF, to be deducted from the first-semester tuition fees.

Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS

3 semesters (max. 4 semesters), 90 ECTS credits

Courses, 60 credits

5 modules

  • Beginner or more advanced levels: Chinese, Japanese, Hindi1, Korean
  • Required courses and electives: History, Literature, International relations, Social sciences and development studies

Research, 30 credits

Possibility of a internship either in an Asian country or related to Asia; thematic research and dissertation.

Duration full-time 15 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

English Language Requirements

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the French language. Find French courses on Language Learning Portal.


1. candidates for the Faculty must meet the University's general enrolment conditions
2. they must also hold a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, referred to below as BA, or a degree considered equivalent by the Dean of the Faculty
3. candidates who hold a diploma or degree equivalent to at least 180 credits from another Faculty of arts or university may be admitted to the Faculty for an MA programme; they may request that their additional credits be treated as equivalents
4. candidates for a Master of Arts/MA in disciplines requiring specific expertise for a BA may be required to do supplementary studies before being admitted.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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