Leiden University

Leiden University

MA Asian Studies


Rapenburg 70

PO Box 9500

Leiden, Zuid-Holla 2311 EZ



+31 71 527 1111

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA in Asian Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

You will be able to focus on acquiring in-depth knowledge of the history, language and culture of Asian societies, or the contemporary developments in the world’s most dynamic and fastest-growing region. In your course you will benefit from the breadth and depth of Asian studies research in Leiden, which is unparalleled in the Netherlands and combines the very best of Asia-related research in North-West Europe. The different specialisations offered within this programme cater for students both with and without prior proficiency in one or more Asian languages. Students with ambitions to pursue a PhD position or a career as a researcher outside academia should consider the two-year Research Master’s in Asian Studies. Both the two-year and one-year MA programmes in Asian Studies offer further specialisation in a country, region, or aspect of Asia. This structure allows us to accommodate students with diverse undergraduate backgrounds, objectives and expectations.


Accredited by the NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation)

Facts & Figures

Classification: Non-U.S. Higher Ed. Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Small City

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