Contemporary Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Asia and the Middle East are two of the most fascinating and rapidly developing regions of the world, creating challenges and offering opportunities for the 21st century. By 2050:

  • close to 60% of the world’s consumers will live in the region;
  • China will be a real superpower;
  • Hindi, Urdu, and Arabic will dominate much of the world business;
  • Islam will change and diversify due to its contact with modernity
  • and global migration will continue to pressure Europe and the Middle East.

Join our English-taught master’s programme in Contemporary Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Tartu. We provide:

  • a comprehensive curriculum in Asian and Middle Eastern economies, politics, cultures, societies and languages (e.g. Japanese, Chinese, Korean);
  • opportunities to study different languages (e.g. Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Arabic);
  • and a multinational study environment.

The base module focuses on Asian and Middle Eastern civilisations and mindsets, economic developments, and demographics. Participating in active discussions gives you a comparative perspective on understanding developments in Asia and the Middle East. The elective module enables you to choose courses of your interest with a regional and/or disciplinary focus.

You can study in Europe, but the programme offers diverse opportunities to conduct your fieldwork at partner universities in East Asia or the Middle East. The recommended timeframe for mobility is during the third semester (second year).

The programme finishes with a master´s thesis in your specific field (economics, politics, international relations, religion, etc.), focusing on either Asia or the Middle East (depending on your interests and upon the availability of supervisors). The master´s thesis shows your ability to conduct independent work and apply theoretical concepts and methodology to analyse a specific scientific question.

The CAMES programme collaborates closely with the Asia Centre and the historical Centre for Oriental Studies at the University of Tartu. Students are welcome to attend visiting lectures and regular events organised by the Asia Centre and Centre for Oriental Studies and use the library at the Centre for Oriental Studies.

Level of study: Master’s
Study language: English
Duration and credits: 2 years, 120 ECTS
Form of study: Regular study
Location: Tartu
Student places: 16
Tuition fee: 2100 EUR/semester
Tuition waivers: There are no tuition waiver study places. MFA offers two tuition waivers for Estonian applicants
Admission 2023: Jan 2 – 15 Mar 2023

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