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The award
MA

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 11500

All study options

About East Asian Studies at University of Groningen

East Asia is booming. Or is it? How have some East Asian countries achieved such economic growth and global prominence in so little time? What are the global implications of the rise of East Asia?

East Asia is the foremost dynamic region in the world. ThisMaster's track is organized around the achievements, opportunitiesand challenges facing East Asia. Taught by international staffaffiliated with the Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen thisInternational Relations Master's track focuses on the politicaleconomy and international relations of China, Japan and Korea.

The programme takes a multidisciplinary approach. Lectures andseminars are taught by experts in international relations, history,economy or law. You will gain knowledge on the top-three economiesin East Asia and develop oral, writing and research skills toanalyze developments from a local and global perspective. Workplacement and study abroad are optional.

 

East Asia is booming. Or is it? How have some East Asian countries achieved such economic growth and global prominence in so little time? What are the global implications of the rise of East Asia?

East Asia is the foremost dynamic region in the world. ThisMaster's track is organized around the achievements, opportunitiesand challenges facing East Asia. Taught by international staffaffiliated with the Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen thisInternational Relations Master's programme focuses on the politicaleconomy and international relations of China, Japan and Korea.

The track takes a multidisciplinary approach. Lectures andseminars are taught by experts in international relations, history,economy or law. You will gain knowledge on the top-three economiesin East Asia and develop oral, writing and research skills toanalyse developments from a local and global perspective. Workplacement and study abroad are optional.

 

After your studies

Job prospects

This Master's track has been designed for students who aspire toa career related to East Asia in international business,international cooperation, diplomacy, media and academia.

The Masterprogramme in International Relations prepares its students forprofessions and research careers where knowledge ofinternational-political developments and the ability to analyse andassess complex issues and to form grounded judgements arerelevant.

Alumniof the East Asian Studies track work at:

Government:

Business:

Researchand education:

Alumni Network Mitrany| Wewould also like to direct you to the IR Alumni Network or a surveythey conducted amongst IR alumni.

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.

The Masterprogramme in International Relations prepares its students forprofessions and research careers where knowledge ofinternational-political developments and the ability to analyse andassess complex issues and to form grounded judgements arerelevant.

Alumniof the East Asian Studies track work at:

Government:

Business:

Researchand education:

Alumni Network Mitrany| Wewould also like to direct you to the IR Alumni Network or a surveythey conducted amongst IR alumni.

Job examples

  • Business consultant
  • Manager
  • Lobbyist
  • Diplomat
  • Policy advisor
  • Researcher
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  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 11500

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

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Admission requirements

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language test

The English language proficiency requirement will be met bypassing an examination in English at the level of the Dutch VWOfinal exam (mark 6 or higher), or by passing the internet-basedTOEFL test with a score of at least 90 (with a minimum of 21 for all items), IELTS Academic Module with a minimum score of 6.5 (witha minimum score of 6.0 for all items) or a certificate from theUniversity of Groningen Language Centre, at least B2, CEFR.

previous education

Students with either a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences(including - but not limited to - Economics, Political Science,Development Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Social Geography), oran internationally oriented Bachelor's degree such as InternationalRelations, Regional Studies, European/International Law, or(Modern) History can submit an application to the IR AdmissionsBoard.

Please use this step-by-step guide for more informationregarding your eligibility and your specific application procedure:http://www.rug.nl/let/how-to-apply-MA

After you complete your application, the IR Admissions Boardwill assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, and will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades you have obtained.

The Admissions Board will then determine whether:

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

The English language proficiency requirement will be met bypassing an examination in English at the level of the Dutch VWOfinal exam (mark 6 or higher), or by passing the internet-basedTOEFL test with a score of at least 90 (with a minimum of 21 for all items), IELTS Academic Module with a minimum score of 6.5 (witha minimum score of 6.0 for all items) or a certificate from theUniversity of Groningen Language Centre, at least B2, CEFR.

previous education

University of Groningen: For students with a University ofGroningen Bachelor's degree in American Studies, Communication andInformation Studies, European Languages and Cultures (ProfilePolitics and Society), History, International and European Law,International Business, Media Studies, Middle Eastern Studies,Minorities and Multilingualism, Psychology and Sociology a standardPre-Master programme applies. Please use this step-by-step guidefor your specific application procedure: http://www.rug.nl/let/how-to-apply-MA

Other universities and degree programmes: Students with either aBachelor's Degree in Social Sciences (including - but not limitedto - Economics, Political Science, Development Studies, Psychology,Sociology, Social Geography), or an internationally orientedBachelor's degree such as International Relations, RegionalStudies, European/International Law, or (Modern) History can submitan application to the IR Admissions Board. Please use thisstep-by-step guide for more information regarding your eligibilityand your specific application procedure: http://www.rug.nl/let/how-to-apply-MA

After you complete your application, the IR Admissions Boardwill assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, and will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades you have obtained.

The Admissions Board will then determine whether:

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