University of Duisburg-Essen

Contemporary East Asian Studies

M.A. (Master of Arts)
Subjects: Area Studies, Business and Economics
25 ~ 30
No. of places
English only
Winter semester:  15 Jul/15 Sep
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Winter semester)
Tuition fees (per semester)
Winter semester
Mode of admission:
without admission restriction
directly at University
Study mode:
On campus


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in social sciences or economics (e.g. sociology, politics, international relations, economics, business administration, anthropology, human geography). Students with degrees from other fields can apply but have to provide evidence in their application that they have a good knowledge of theories and methods in one of the above-mentioned disciplines.

Applicants not completely fulfilling the above-mentioned degree requirements may be conditionally admitted, but have to make up the deficits by taking additional classes for up to 30 ECTS credits.



German and European BA students studying at German higher education institutions in their final year can apply without the BA certificate. They should include a list of their grades in their application, along with a statement explaining which classes, etc. they still have to finish before graduating. For European students, the BA certificate will be necessary at the time of enrolment at our university (after being admitted).

Applicants studying their BA degree at non-German universities and non-European applicants irrespective of where they study their bachelor must at least be able to indicate their final CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) at the time of applying. The bachelor's degree certificate will be necessary at the time of enrolment at our university (after being admitted).

GPA Rate 2.50
GPA Comment

An average grade of 2.5 or higher, based on the German grading system.

Language Requirements

The following certificates are recognised as proof of your language proficience.

min 6.5
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Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? no information provided by university

Additional information:
Students who are native speakers or have completed a prior degree in an English-taught program do not need to provide separate proof of their proficiency but should note so on their application. Other kinds of certification need to be checked by the admission committee and might be rejected. Chinese students can provide the CET (CET6) as English language proof.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Applications are open from:
Winter semester: May 01 (Non EU)
Summer semester:

Special Deadline Case:
Winter semester: The university is permanently processing incoming applications all-year round for EU applicants.
Summer semester:

Application Procedure & Selection

Mode of admission:
without admission restriction
Admission test/interview:
No. of places available:
25 ~ 30
directly at University
Application Fee:

Application Documents

The letter of recommendation needs to be issued by a university professor. He or she should send the completed form directly to the university via e-mail.

In addition to the application for admission and the letter of recommendation, the following documents should be submitted, either in English or German. Diplomas, degree certificates, transcript of grades, evidence of language proficiency, etc. need to be scans of the originals or certified copies. If any documents are not already in German or English, you need to submit scans of certified translations.

  1. Proof of English language proficiency (see language requirements).
  2. Complete and up-to-date CV showing your professional experience and education and including a color photo.
  3. Copy of high school diploma (for Germans: Zeugnis der Hochschulreife).
  4. Copy of BA degree certificate, including a transcript of grades showing an average grade of 2.5 or higher, based on the German grading system, and also including a transcript of any semesters spent abroad (please use the so-called Bavarian Formular to calculate your CGPA in the German grading system).
  5. Statement of reasons for applying for this program, including your interest in East Asia (1–2 pages).
  6. APS Certificate (Certificate of the ‘Akademische Prüfstelle’): relevant only for graduates from universities in China, Vietnam, and Mongolia.

Please send all application documents in one single pdf file by e-mail, except for the letter of recommendation, which should be submitted by the writer. In order to merge several documents into one single pdf file, please use free software and programs, which you can easily find online. Please note that the university does not accept any other file type but pdf for security reasons.


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