Mini Minor in Asian Studies (min. 10 ECTS )

Before you apply:
Read this page and the Study Guide (below) carefully before filling out the application form.



The Mini Minor is designed for students who prefer to include a small minor in Asian Studies in their degree. It provides a possibility to gain advanced knowledge of a specific theme or region.

To get the Mini Minor, choose one of the themes below, start with the basic course (courses from the Asian Programme) and then deepen your knowledge with advanced Master’s level courses to get at least 10 credits in total. In order to get the Mini Minor degree you have to choose all the courses of the minor from the same thematic area (see below).


Mini Minor Themes:

I Contemporary East Asia

BASIC COURSE: Contemporary East Asia (6 ECTS)
ADVANCED COURSES (choose one or more):

II Contemporary South Asia

BASIC COURSE: Contemporary South Asia (5 ECTS)

III Contemporary Southeast Asia

BASIC COURSE: Contemporary Southeast Asia (5 ECTS)
ADVANCED COURSE: (choose one or more)

IV Culture in East and Southeast Asia

BASIC COURSE: Culture in East and Southeast Asia (6 ECTS)
ADVANCED COURSES (choose one or more):

V Business in East and Southeast Asia

BASIC COURSE: Business in East and Southeast Asia (6 ECTS)
ADVANCED COURSES: (choose one or more)

When to apply?

Application period to the Mini Minor is organised twice a year. Next application period for all courses (autumn 2016 and spring 2017) is 1–30 September 2016. Additional application period for spring 2017 courses is 10–27 November 2016.

Who can apply?

1. University students who hold a valid study right in one of the University Network’s member universities can apply to courses and take them for free.

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

2. University of Applied Sciences students can take courses of this Programme for free if their school endorses the study fee (€350). These students can take min. 10 ECTS and max. 16 ECTS as part of one Mini Minor. First read these instructions. Then fill in the application form on the Asianet website.

3. Others who are interested in Asian Studies (including students from non-member universities and students from universities of applied sciences whose school did agree to pay the study fee). Other persons can apply to the programme as self-paying independent students. The study fee for self-paying students in Mini Minor is €250 / 10–16 ECTS.
With regard to non-Finnish citizens who apply to the Programme as self-paying students, the Network Board makes the decisions on admission case by case.
To apply, read carefully instructions for self-paying students in our Study Guide under “Mini Minor” -> “How to apply”.

Before applying to the courses the students should check with their own home department that the courses can be accepted as part of their degree in their own university.