Master "Southeast Asian Studies" (SEAS)
General information on the programme
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), here are three suggested specialisations outlined in the curriculum:
- focus on classical philology and history,
- focus on modern languages and society, and
- focus on culture and economy.
The Master's programme comprises four semesters (2 years). The programme accounts for a total of 120 Credit Points. 90 Credit Points are earned by coursework in seven modules (a module usually consists of 2-3 courses) and 30 Credit Points are earned through the MA thesis.
Four core modules:
- Modern languages and cultures ofSoutheast Asia (12 CP)
- Theories and methods (15 CP)
- Current issues and research (12 CP)
- Media, politics and economy in modernSoutheast Asia(15 CP)
Three elective modules
(only for students without a semester abroad), chosen from e.g. the following:
- Classical languages and history (12 CP)
- Applied Indonesian / Malay (12 CP)
- Regional expertise (12 CP)
- Introduction to Asian economics and law (12 CP)
- Studium generale / free choice studies (12 CP)
Additional elective modules will be offered depending on availability. Students with sufficient German language skills may also choose Southest Asia related courses at other departments such as Cultural Anthropology or Islamic Studies.
The last semester is reserved for writing a Master's thesis.
Information for applicants
Start and Duration of Programme
The Master’s programme comprises four semesters (2 years), and starts each winter semester. It is not possible to start the programme in summer.
Languages of instruction are English and Bahasa Indonesia (or Bahasa Malaysia). The programme is open to students who do not speak German.
The basic prerequisites are as follows:
- A Bachelor’s Degree in Southeast Asian Studies or equivalent and a good command of Bahasa Indonesia or Bahasa Malaysia (minimum of 200 hours of language instruction at University level or equivalent)
- BA degrees from other disciplines in the humanities or social sciences may also be accepted if the applicant has a good knowledge of Southeast Asia and the required 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 (6,5) or the Cambridge Proficiency examination
- A convincing motivation letter and CV in English
How to apply
For general information on the application process and current deadlines please visit the international Master’s programme portal of Goethe University: http://www.uni-frankfurt.de/35791924?
Please read also the FAQ for Master on Application, Admission, Enrolment!
All applications must be sent directly to uni-assist:
c/o uni-assist e.V.
The application process usually runs from May until July. Students from abroad should submit their application as soon as possible to ensure that they still have enough time to organize their stay in Frankfurt (visa, accommodation, insurance, etc.) before the winter term starts!
Studying in Germany
For general information on studying in Germany you may visit Germany’s official and multilingual website for international qualified professionals: https://www.make-it-in-germany.com/en/for-qualified-professionals/training-learning/study
Another source of information is the International Office of Goethe University which provides all information you need as an international student: http://www.goethe-university-frankfurt.de/44386867/infos_studienbewerber . Here you find both general information concerning the application and enrolment process and helpful further information for your stay in Germany, amongst others for example information on accommodation, health insurance, or opening a bank account (turn to the “Get here & settle in” section).
The International Office of Goethe University also offers broad information on costs of living and studying in Frankfurt: https://www.goethe-university-frankfurt.de/65204616/050-Cost-of-living. Here you can also find information on funding your stay in Germany, e.g. possibilities to work during your studies (https://www.goethe-university-frankfurt.de/62902558/100_Working-in-Germany) or scholarships that are available for international students (https://www.goethe-university-frankfurt.de/62902584/200_Scholarships).
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A brochure with the most relevant information can be downloaded here:
(Valid for all students, who started the Master’s programme in Southeast Asian Studies as of winter semester 2017/18!)
- Rahmenordnung für gestufte und modularisierte Studiengänge der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main vom 30. April 2014 (general regulations for consecutive and modulised programmes at Goethe University Frankfurt)
- Ordnung für die Masterstudiengänge des Fachbereichs Sprach-und Kulturwissenschaften an der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main mit dem Abschluss „Masterof Arts“ (M.A.) vom 17. Dezember 2014 (general regulations for Master’s programmes in the Faculty of Linguistics and Cultural Studies)
Earlier versions of the regulations
(Only valid for students, who started the Master’s programme in Southeast Asian Studies up to winter semester 2016/17!)
List of module coordinators ("Modulbeauftragte")
Documents and forms on the website of the faculty's examination office ("Philprom")
- Formular "Zulassung zur Masterprüfung" (before 2017/18)
- Formular "Anmeldung zur Masterarbeit" (before 2017/18)
- "Modulscheine" / Module certificates for SEAS (before 2017/18)