Master in East Asian Studies

University of Groningen

Program Description

Master in East Asian Studies

University of Groningen

East Asia is the foremost dynamic region in the world. The University of Groningen offers a new International Relations Master's programme, focusing on East Asian states and markets, politics and economics, nationalism and internationalism. All studied from a contemporary perspective. How can we explain the dynamism and growth of East Asia? What are the opportunities and impediments for trade and investment? What could be said about national attitudes towards international cooperation, integration and globalization?

The master's programme East Asian Studies (one year, 60 ECTS) is a specialization within the Master's Degree in International Relations. It focuses on the political economy of contemporary East Asia, in particular the political economies of China, Japan and Korea. Students will be able to participate in courses taught by historians, economists, experts in international relations or law, and guest-speakers. They will gain knowledge on the top-three economies in East Asia and develop oral, written and research skills to analyze developments from a regional and global perspective.

Study abroad

  • For an average of 10 weeks
  • Maximum of 10 EC

The University of Groningen has study centers in Beijing, Shanghai and Osaka and offers multi-faculty exchange programmes with various partner universities in China, Korea and Japan (max. 10 ECTS). Students can also propose a work placement in this programme (10 ECTS or approximately 2 months), for instance in a private sector company, international organization, embassy or NGO related to, or situated in East Asia.

Previous Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in International Relations and International Organization (University of Groningen) ( direct admission)
  • Relevant other Bachelor's Degree:Students with either a university Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences (including - but not limited to - Economics, Political Science, Development Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Social Geography), or an internationally oriented university Bachelor's degree such as International Relations, Regional Studies, European/International Law, or (Modern) History are eligible to apply.

All students with a non-Dutch degree must at first apply online. In addition to the standard required documents, the IRIO Admissions Board also requires:

  • a copy of an English language test result. All students, except native speakers, must have a minimum TOEFL score of 92-93 (internet-based), IELTS: a minimum score of 6.5 per category, or a minimum Cambridge score of C1/B2. The only exception could be made for the students with a BA/MA diploma from a University in an officially English speaking country.
  • a copy of your Bachelor Thesis or another sample of academic writing (about 15 to 20 pages). In case your BA Thesis or essay is written in another language than English (or Dutch), please send us a 5-10 pages summary of it in English, translated by yourself.

Job perspectives

This degree has been designed for students who aspire to a career related to East Asia in international business, international cooperation, diplomacy, media and academia.

Job examples

  • Business consultant
  • Manager
  • Lobbyist
  • Diplomat
  • Policy advisor
  • Researcher
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 22, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 4, 2017
1 year
Full time
2,006 EUR
May 1, 2017
EU and Non-EU
Start date Sept. 4, 2017
Netherlands Groningen
Application deadline May 1, 2017
EU and Non-EU
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 2,006 EUR
EU - 11.400 EUR Non-EU