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The MA programme in Asian Studies at Leiden University offers students an outstanding qualification from one of the leading centres for Asian studies in Europe.

Choose from eight specialisations

The Asian Studies master's programme offers one-year specialisations in East Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia and two-year specialisations in China, Japan, Korea.

Learn from internationally-acclaimed scholars

Expertise on Asia at Leiden University is internationally renowned and spans the whole of Asia. Learn from some of Europe's best scholars in the field. Small classes give you direct and regular contact with your lecturers, many of whom are at the leading edge of Asia-related research. All programmes make the most of Leiden University's world-class resources, including its famous collections of original Asian artifacts.

Customise your degree

With an expansive curriculum and flexible programme formats, you have the scope to tailor your qualification to reflect your interests or career ambitions. Choose to focus on a language and a single country, or on a specific discipline and region.

Develop your language fluency

An important goal of many programmes is developing your fluency in a classical or modern language. You also have the option of taking an intensive modern Indonesian language course.

Benefit from our unique resources

All of the Asian Studies programmes make the most of Leiden University's world-class resources, including its famous collections of Asian artifacts.

* Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 25th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.


Visit the MA Asian Studies (2 years) page on the Leiden University website for more details!

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