Asia and the Middle East are two of the most fascinating and rapidly developing regions of the World, creating challenges and offering opportunities for the 21st century. By 2050, close to 60% of world’s consumers will live in the region, China will be an indisputable superpower, Hindi, Bengali and Urdu will dominate much of the world business, Islam will change and diversify due to its contact with modernity, and migrantion will continue to put pressure on the Middle East.
Come join our English-taught master’s programme in Contemporary Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Tartu. We provide a comprehensive curriculum in Asian and Middle Eastern economies, politics, languages and societies, a flexible and personalised study plan, and a multinational study environment. The programme creates tailor-made study packages at our partner universities across Asia and the Middle East, and values the need to fine-tune your practical skills through internships (included in the program) in private companies, state organisations and NGOs.
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The tuition fee for fee-paying students on this programme is 3400 euros per year. Note that tuition fees can only be paid once the new semester officially begins.
Information about the rules and conditions for tuition fee payments is given here.
Information about scholarships is available here.
The master’s programme takes good care of its students’ free time and offers multiple options for extra-curricular activities. Student life in Tartu is very lively.
The University of Tartu hosts many student societies and region-specific academic organisations. It is home for the Asia Centre, the International Relations Society, the Estonian Academic Oriental Society, and many other clubs and organisations.
Some institutes of the university have an established Stammtisch tradition where students and teachers gather for discussions once every month. This is where you get to know also our team. Feel free to voice your thoughts about the program or just talk about life, weather and politics.
Our graduates have the skills and knowhow to work in with refugees at the UNHCR or become diplomats, provide area-specific expertise to new businesses or create their own NGO for sustainable development. You can engage with a vast range of topics from international relations and business to demographic trends and human rights management.
Whatever you choose, you can be sure that the need for experts in Asian and Middle Eastern studies is increasing both in public and private sector. We will do our very best to support your progress and future employment.
The University of Tartu is organising an Asian studies summer university “Current Social Issues in East Asia: Ageing Societies and the Role of Women” in August 2019 (12-23.08). The summer university focuses on contemporary topics that are often overshadowed by other themes. Both ageing societies and the changing role of women are impacting East Asia societies and will be shaping the way the region looks like in the 21st century. Applications are accepted until 15.05.
Middle-East, politics and nations between them is something you can focus on during the studies. Here is an overview writteb by Heidi Maiberg with freelance journalist and researcher Hille Hanso about Kurds, Syrian conflict and Turkey.
Programme manager Urmas Hõbepappel wrote in Estonian biggest newspaper about Chinese growing economical and political influence and analyzed frequently misunderstood narratives about China.