How to Apply to and Study Master’s level courses?


Master’s level online courses offer advanced knowledge on Asia. Courses focus on political, social, cultural and economic issues of Asian countries. The Master’s level courses are aimed for students who have already acquired some knowledge about Asia or on the specialty of the particular course.

Structure of the Studies:

Master’s level courses are organised at different times throughout the year. Check the exact times from the page of each course.

You can apply to one or several courses. If you apply to more than one course, be realistic about the amount of credits you can take during one term. Completing an online course requires much self-discipline and active learning.

The Master’s level courses offered by the Asia Network do not constitute a study programme alone and therefore it is not possible to receive a minor degree by taking only Master’s level courses.

If you want to complete a minor, you can combine Master’s level courses with Bachelor level courses offered by the Asia Network to complete either the “Mini Minor in Asian Studies” (10-16 ECTS), or the ”Asian Programme” (at least 25 ECTS).

How to apply?

Most of the master’s level courses have a maximum intake of 60 students. Students are selected in the order of application. The places are divided evenly between the member universities.

Some universities may define quotas on the number of students who can take courses offered by the Asia Network.  Information about the quotas is published before the application periods start.

1. Students of the Asia Network’s member universities

Students who hold a valid study right at one of the University Network’s member universities can apply to courses and take them for free. This applies to degree students and registered exchange students. You have to be registered as an attending student at the time of application as well as throughout the duration of the studies.

The member universities are:
Aalto University
University of Helsinki
University of Jyväskylä
University of Tampere
University of Turku
University of Vaasa
Åbo Akademi University

2. Other students

Some of the courses are also offered through selected Open Universities against payment.  Persons who are not registered students at member universities can apply to those courses using the Open University channel. Please check the availability of this study channel on the web page of the course that you are interested in.

When to apply?

  • Master’s level courses provided during the autumn term: August 26 – September 15, 2019.
  • Master’s level courses provided during the spring term: November 4-24, 2019.
  • For courses provided during the summer term: March 3 – April 14, 2020.

Before applying to the courses, students should check if they are able to include these studies in their degree at their home university.