Modern East Asian Studies (Master of Arts)

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas

During the course of this two-year MA programme, students will become experts on modern East Asia, its historical roots, and the economic, legal, political and social issues encountered in this dynamic region.

They will also improve their language skills: the programme itself is taught in English and students take beginners' or advanced language classes in either Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese or Korean.

Along the way they will develop their methodological and theoretical skills as they attend lectures and take electives on a range of core disciplines, including history, law, management and political sciences.

MEAS is affiliated with Goethe University's Interdisciplinary Centre for East Asian Studies (IZO). It is a collaborative programme created by four different university faculties: Economics and Business; Law; Linguistics, Cultures and Arts; and Social Sciences.

This interdisciplinary, research-orientated MA programme will prepare students for doing their PhD and pursuing an academic career relating to East Asia – or for a professional career in this field, working in an international enterprise or organisation.

Detailed information

Information from the department
Study regulations 


Master of Arts in Modern East Asian Studies 


The standard length of study for the Master of Arts degree is 4 semesters. 

Language of instruction


Start of the programme

The programme starts at the beginning of the winter semester.

Student advisory service

For further information, please click here or contact

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Conditions of admission

Admission requirements
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences, political science, economics, business administration, law, history, anthropology or related areas, or a Bachelor’s Degree in cultural studies with focus on China, Japan, Korea or South East Asia.
  • English proficiency (level C1) proven by:
    - TOEFL test result of at least 95 (internet based), 
    - IELTS 7,0
    - TOEIC 945 
    - or an equivalent certificate.
  • Comprehensive academic CV (in English)
  • A convincing motivation letter (a formal letter addressed to the academic director of the MEAS programme with a length of 500 to 600 words in English), naming at least one university professor as a reference.
  • Research proposal (800-2.000 words, excluding bibliography) on a topic related to the regions and disciplines covered by the MEAS program (in English)

For more information (e.g. Application guidelines) please click here.

Provisional admission

No regulations 

Mode of admission

Admission is not restricted. Students will be directly admitted if the admission requirements are met in full.

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Documents to be submitted
  • if you are not already enrolled at Goethe-University Frankfurt: copy of the university entrance qualification (e.g. A-Levels)

  • (certified) copy of Bachelor’s degree certificate

  • if the Bachelor's degree has not yet been completed: a transcript of records or equivalent document listing the content of the study programme and average grade

  • proof of English language skills

  • CV (in English)

  • letter of motivation (in English) 

  • a research proposal (in English)

    you may need to submit other documents depending on your country of origin and your previous education; please see the general information about applying for a Master’s degree.
  • APS certificate for applicants from India, Vietnam and PR of China (original)
Application period

01.04. - 15.08. 

We encourage students who have to apply for visa to submit their application before July 15th.

Address for applications

Online application portal for Master's study programmes

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