Modern East Asian Studies (Master of Arts)

Special regulations (due to COVID19) for applications to the Master's programmes

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas

The departments for cultural studies, economics, law and social sciences of Goethe University have joined their forces to offer an interdisciplinary M.A. program in Modern East Asian Studies (MEAS). In a truly interdisciplinary sense, the biennial M.A. program accommodates both students with a B.A. degree in Asia related cultural studies, and students with a B.A. degree in economics, law, history or social sciences.

In the first two semesters, students will attend beginners’ or advanced language courses in Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Indonesian. Moreover, all students are required to jointly participate in a core program and in a variety of elective courses in which they learn to apply their methodological and theoretical knowledge and their language skills to social, legal and economic problems encountered in contemporary East Asia. In the third semester, the program offers three different tracks to choose from: 1) the Research Track to concentrate on empirical research and to facilitate a subsequent Ph.D. study; 2) the Language Track to refine one’s language skills in the respective Asian country; 3) the Professional Track to reflect and extend the academic knowhow in an Asia-related professional environment via internship. During two years of intensive studies in the MEAS program, students will not only mature to experts on modern Asia, but also develop methodological, theoretical as well as soft skills in interdisciplinary team work. With its structure of three tracks, the MEAS M.A. title qualifies for an academic career as well as a professional career in international enterprises and organizations.

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 Prof. Dr. Storz 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 Vietnam and PR of China (original)
Deadline for applications

15.03. - 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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