MA CEAS - Applicants and Prospective Students

Study Programs

Coronavirus-related Information:

Classes in summer term 2022 are taking place almost entirely as on-site face-to-face classes in attendance with a few exceptions/single lectures taking place in hybrid or online settings. The university is monitoring the corona pandemic development closely and providing safety measures such as hand disinfectants at every building entrance and an on-campus test center with free tests.

Please refer to the central Corona-information website of the university for more information on current regulations and measures.

According to current plans, teaching and research at the University of Duisburg-Essen will also take place predominantly on-site face-to-face in winter term 2022/23 (starting in October). However, as we have seen that the pandemic situation usually turns more critical in fall/winter, based on federal state regulations or the university’s decisions, short-term changes to hybrid or online class formats are possible. We will inform our students and admitted applicants about any updates we receive. Please also check the link above for additional information, regulations and safety concepts.

Ms. Melanie KOGLER, M.A., Coordinator
Campus Duisburg
Office LE 602 in LE-building (access only with valid 3G-proof for COVID-19 vaccination, recovery or negative test)
Please contact us beforehand to set up an individual appointment.
General availability: Monday to Friday 9–14

Office hours in LE 602:
Mon, 13–15 · Tue, 8–10 · Thu, 9–11

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Concept of the MA CEAS Program

The Master’s in Contemporary East Asian Studies is an English-taught social science-based program with a contemporary and interdisciplinary profile. The program offers research-focused training for highly qualified graduates with a BA or similar in politics, international relations, sociology or economics. Depending on an applicant’s prior education and training, conditional admission may be granted requiring up to 30 ECTS credits in additional courses.

The principal focus of the MA program is the theoretical and problem-centered analysis of societies, politics and economies in East Asia (China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea) and includes intensive training in an East Asian language.

Its aim is to deepen and enrich the student's skills in assessing contemporary change, the challenges facing the East Asian region and the implications of such developments for Europe.

Career Prospects

Students completing the MA degree are qualified for further studies at the doctoral level, for high-level positions in multinational corporations, in politics (including political consulting), in governmental and non-governmental think tanks and institutions, and in international organizations where intensive knowledge of East Asia and language proficiency is in high demand.

Some of our alumni have gone on to further their academic training by pursuing a PhD degree. Local destinations for research-oriented graduates of our MA programs for example include the Alliance for Research on East Asia (AREA) Ruhr (in cooperation with the Faculty of East Asian Studies at Ruhr-University Bochum), supported by the Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR).

Program Structure

The two-year Master’s Program (MA CEAS) (equivalent to four semesters) offers Chinese, Japanese or Korean language and the choice of a discipline corresponding to the student’s previous degree (sociology, political science or economics). It combines intensive language training with interdisciplinary and discipline-specific modules focusing on Chinese, Japanese and Korean studies. Methodological training is integrated into the Advanced East Asian Studies modules.

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Semester 1: Three compulsory introductory modules help students to familiarise themselves with East Asian studies from different disciplinary perspectives. In addition, students start their training in the language of their choice (Chinese, Japanese or Korean native speakers are not allowed to choose their mother tongue).

Semester 2: There are 18 different modules on Advanced East Asian Studies (AEAS), with ten offered in the winter and eight in the summer term. These modules present problem-oriented and discipline-based perspectives on politics and the society or economy of China, Japan and Korea or the entire East Asian region. Students are expected to select two AEAS and one elective module after which they submit their choice to their advisor for approval.

Semester 3: Students complete their language training and select two additional AEAS and one elective module.

Semester 4: Students concentrate on writing their Master’s thesis. The thesis is an independent piece of research about a cutting-edge topic on contemporary East Asia. It is intended to provide evidence of the student’s newly acquired knowledge, theoretical and methodological skills in East Asian regional studies, and language proficiency.

Further details of the program and all modules and classes can be found in the Examination Regulations and Module Handbook in the Download section.

Application Deadlines

  • July 15 for non-EU citizens
  • September 15 for EU citizens

You are advised to apply as soon as possible and long before the deadlines expire. This is to ensure that you have enough time to obtain a visa (if you are from a non-EU country), take care of all necessary preparations and arrive in time for the start of the program in early October. Please see below for details according to your nationality.

EU applicants and BildungsinländerInnen: Early submission of your application is strongly recommended. We are permanently processing incoming applications, so early applicants will be informed – and successful ones admitted – irrespective of the deadlines. However, if you are close to finishing your BA degree, it might be most efficient to wait until you have your final cumulative grade point average (CGPA), if not your BA certificate. Please also see our FAQ “Can I apply now, even if I have not yet finished my BA?”)

Non-EU applicants: Starting from May 1st to July 15th, you can apply for starting our study program in October of the same year via the online application platform run by our International Office where you need to upload your application. Please use the instructions on our homepage to inform yourself about the profile of MA CEAS and about the required documents beforehand.

Application Procedure

As EU citizen or BildungsinländerIn, please send all your application documents except the recommendation letter in one single pdf file by E-mail:

As Non-EU citizen, please follow the steps outlined under “Application deadlines” and upload your application via the online platform of our International Office.

General Information:

We are looking for highly qualified international students with excellent skills and motivation to take on the challenges of our demanding study programs.

Successful applicants who meet the requirements receive an invitation for an interview to test their aptitude and motivation for the study program.

Candidates from abroad can be interviewed via video conference.

After the evaluation process, the most promising candidates are offered a place in our Master’s program.

Depending on an applicant’s prior education and training, conditional admission may be granted requiring up to 30 ECTS credits in additional courses. In this case, the student can also be admitted for the summer term. The additional classes are determined individually by the examination board of IN-EAST. We thus strongly recommend applying as early as possible if you are unsure about the sufficiency of your prior training.

Required Documents

The Letter of Recommendation needs to be issued by a university professor. He or she should send the completed form directly to us via E-mail.

In addition to the application for admission and the letter of recommendation, the documents listed below should be submitted, either in English or German. Diplomas, degree certificates, transcript of grades, evidence of language proficiency, etc. need to be scans of the originals or certified copies. If any documents are not already in German or English, you need to submit scans of certified translations into either English or German.

  • Proof of English language proficiency, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, CET, etc.
  • Complete and up-to-date CV showing your professional experience and education
  • Copy of BA degree certificate, including a transcript of grades showing an average grade of 2.5 or higher, based on the German grading system, and also including a transcript of any semesters spent abroad (Please use the so-called Bavarian Formular to calculate your CGPA in the German grading system)
  • Statement of reasons for applying for this program, including your interest in East Asia (1–2 pages)
  • APS Certificate (= Certificate of the ‘Akademische Prüfstelle’): relevant only for graduates from universities in China, Vietnamand Mongolia.

EU citizens: Please send all application documents in one single pdf file by E-mail, except for the letter of recommendation, which should be submitted by the writer. In order to merge several documents into one single pdf file, please use free software and programs, which you can easily find online. Please note that we do not accept any other file type but pdf for security reasons.
Non-EU-citizens: Please use the online platform of the International Office to hand in the application documents, except for the letter of recommendation, which should be submitted by the writer directly to us by E-mail.

FAQ and Downloads

  • Frequently asked questions
  • Module Handbook (English version, updated 2021. For an impression of the modules currently taught, check the LSF – switch to English, choose the term you want to look at, choose “Courses”, Click “Course Overview”, select “Ostasienwissenschaften/East Asian Studies” and then choose the specific study program)
  • Module Handbook (German version, updated 2021)


If you need further information or have open questions, please contact the Coordination Unit at
Ms. Melanie KOGLER, M.A., Coordinator
Campus Duisburg
Office LE 602 in LE-building (access only with valid 3G-proof for COVID-19 vaccination, recovery or negative test)
Please contact us beforehand to set up an individual appointment.
General availability: Monday to Friday 9–14
Office hours in LE 602:
Mon, 13–15  ·  Tue, 8–10  ·  Thu, 9–11


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