Southeast Asian Studies (Master of Arts)

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas 

The Master's in Southeast Asian Studies offers prospective students, who have a good working knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia or Bahasa Malaysia and who are acquainted with the region, the opportunity to pursue advanced studies on the languages, cultures and societies of Southeast Asia with a special focus on the Malay World (Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore and East Timor). A philological cultural studies approach to area studies is combined with individual freedom to draw on the various excellent resources of different departments present at Goethe University of Frankfurt in order to encourage interdisciplinary and innovative research for the Master's thesis in Southeast Asian Studies.

Students can choose between two versions of the study programme, one with and one without a semester abroad. The curriculum consists of a set of four mandatory core modules for all students and three elective modules including the option to take a Studium Generale and freely choose a number of courses from different faculties for students who study version one (without a semester abroad).

For students, who study version one (without a semester abroad), here are three suggested specialisations outlined in the curriculum:

  • a focus on classical philology and history,
  • a focus on modern languages and society, and
  • a focus on culture and economy
Detailed information

Information from the department
Subject-specific regulations


Master of Arts Southeast Asian Studies

Duration The standard length of study for the Master of Arts is 4 semesters.
Languages of instruction

Englisch and Indonesian or respectively Malayian; German (only in the beginner classes of Vietnamese and Thai)

Start of the programme The study programme starts at the beginning of the winter semester.
Student advisory service

Patrick Keilbart

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Conditions of admission

Admission requirements

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Southeast Asian Studies or equivalent. BA degrees from other disciplines in the humanities or social sciences may also be accepted if the applicant has a good command of Bahasa Indonesia or Bahasa Malaysia (minimum of 200 hours of language instruction at University level or equivalent) and knowledge of Southeast Asia.

  • English language skills:
    TOEFL test result of at least 87 (internet-based), or equivalent results from other officially recognized tests of English capability, such as IELTS or the Cambridge Proficiency examination or UNIcert II

  • a good command of Bahasa Indonesia or Bahasa Malaysia (minimum of 200 hours of language instruction at the university level or equivalent)

  • a convincing CV in English

  • a convincing motivation letter in English
Provisional admission

If the university entrance qualification for the consecutive Master’s programme (namely the Bachelor’s degree) has not yet been completed, you can apply for the programme with a transcript of records on the basis of at least 80% of the required CP for the bachelor's degree. This provisional certificate must be issued by an office authorised to award grades or issue certificates. If a student is admitted, this will be on a provisional basis. Provisional admission is valid until the end of the first semester of the master’s program. The bachelor’s degree must thus be handed in by March 31 (winter intake) or September 30 (summer intake) the latest.

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:
    a university entrance qualification (e.g. A-Levels)
  • 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
  • proof of Indonesian or respectively Malayian language skills
  • CV (in English)
  • motivation letter (in English)
  • APS certificate for applicants from Vietnam and PR of China (original)
Application period 01.05. - 31.07.
Address for applications

Online application portal for Master's study programmes

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