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EU code
14.6 - International Relations, European Studies, Area Studies
2 - Master
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Asian Studies
Contemporary Asian Studies – Initial Master (degree programme)
Language requirements
All students, applying to one of the English-taught programmes offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences, are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. This may be based on a TOEFL (minimum score: 88 internet test, 230 computer test, 570 paper test), IELTS (minimum score: 6.5), or Cambridge Examination (minimum scores: CAE, grade B, CPE, grade C)
Academic requirements
Applicants should have an academic Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in social sciences, humanities or economics, they are expected to have a solid basis in the field of Asian studies of at least (an equivalent of) 30 ECTS credits AND sufficient knowledge of social sciences in general evidenced by the completion of at least (an equivalent of) 10 ECTS credits earned during previous studies. Undergraduate studies grade average: at least B/3.0 (American system), second class, lower division Honours degree (British system), C (ECTS system), 7.0 (Dutch system) or equivalent.
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This one-year programme starts in September. It offers a range of region-oriented courses from which to choose, as well as thematic courses that focus on different perspectives on contemporary developments. In addition, the courses provide training in new approaches to the social sciences and to issues related to migration and identity. The MSc in Contemporary Asian Studies diploma is awarded upon completion of 60 ECTS credits, including all required courses in the curriculum and a written Master's thesis, which is based on an independent research project. The ambition is to create a dynamic, multifaceted institution marked by high academic standards, an international atmosphere, and a vibrant "academic commons" with multiple public events. The school fosters an open, engaged and international intellectual atmosphere where students at all levels, academic staff and international scholars engage each other in debates, in seminars and in the class rooms.
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12 months between Sep 1 2010 and Aug 31 2011
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Additional information
Available field for target 1, 2, 3 applicants. Before submitting an EMECW13 application, all candidates must: 1) Read and follow the instructions specified in => 'Incoming applicants' 2) Check the instructions for this master’s application as detailed in - There you will find a description of the supplementary documents that you need to submit with your EMECW13 application in order to apply for this master.