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, Urdu and Arabic will dominate much of the world business, Islam will change and diversify due to its contact with modernity, and global migration will continue to put pressure on Europe and 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
You can study in Europe, but the programme offers multiple opportunities to do your fieldwork in East Asia and the Middle East. In addition, you can fine-tune your practical skills through internships (included in the program) in private companies, state organisations and NGOs.
Write your master’s thesis on a topic of your own design, whatever on Japanese business and demography; comparative Asian religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam); China’s rise, its business and economy; Middle Eastern societies in relation to refugee management; or globalization as part of international relations, law and diplomacy.
The tuition fee on this programme is 3,800 euros per year. Altogether 16 study places are available on the programme.
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 Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers two scholarships to Estonian citizens for the nominal study period together with an internship opportunity. (For more information please contact the Ministry: Evelin.Loman [ät] mfa.ee, 6377182.)
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.
Students of the programme can participate and be part of the organising team of the biggest Asia-topic conference in the Scandinavian and Baltic region Asia Update. Asia Update 2020 brings together local, regional and international experts, business people and decision-makers who engage with Asia to share ideas and build networks for future growth and development. The conference focuses on discussing both the challenges and opportunities in today’s society caused by the conflicts between different stakeholders, environmental and societal problems, challenges between countries, differences in perceptions between Asia and the West, and the shifting of the world order.
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 “Open and Closed Societies: The Example of Japan” in August 2020 (10-16.08). The summer university addresses questions about openness and closedness of a state by using the example of Japan. At the same time, we encourage students in seminars and discussions to reflect on their own countries’ examples. Applications are accepted until 17.06.20.
Middle-East, politics and nations between them is something you can focus on during the studies. Here is an overview written by Heidi Maiberg with freelance journalist and researcher Hille Hanso about Kurds, Syrian conflict and Turkey
Programme director Urmas Hõbepappel writes in Estonian biggest newspaper about Chinese growing economical and political influence and analyses frequently misunderstood narratives about China.
See another article by the programme director about China and orientalism in Estonian media.
"When I did my research, I looked into all the programmes I might be interested in, this programme caught my eyes. The structure of the programme is really interesting. It covers globalization, Asia and Middle Eastern civilization, mindset, business and politics. I would like to learn more about business related topics in this programme. Business is not an individual topic, it’s related with culture and politcs. So I think this programme helps me to learn more about how to make business with Asia and Middle East region from western perspective.
I wanted to study in Europe, but Estonia was new to me. I didn’t really know about Estonia’s history before. I looked it up, and I could feel the opportunities in this beautiful small country. There is a lot of forest here, lovely nature life. Maybe it’s a new independent country, so people here are more open to new ideas, technologies and a new start."
Bing, International Student Ambassador from China
Contact International Student Ambassadors to ask about the programme or life in Tartu or read their blog.