Study Guide

This Study Guide covers the Asian Programme, the Mini Minor, and the Master’s level courses.



University Students:

When a student is accepted to the Asianet courses, they are automatically registered to the courses they applied for in the application form. If the particular course has an intake limit and the number of applicants exceeds it, it is possible that the student will not be accepted to the course. The student will be informed of this decision before the course start.

University of Applied Sciences Students:

When a student is accepted to the Asianet courses, they are automatically registered to the courses that their institution has endorsed. If the particular course has an intake limit and the number of applicants exceeds it, it is possible that the student will not be accepted to the course. The student will be informed of this decision before the course start.

If you wish to change your course selection, you have to seek approval first from your own unit/department. If you want to take more courses, a new confirmation letter from your unit/department is required. Such requests must be made immediately to the Network Coordination Unit with details of those changes. Please also make sure that your institution sends the new confirmation letter to the Coordination Unit immediately.


University Students:

Students are asked to inform the Coordination Unit in case they are unable to take the courses they have been accepted to.

University of Applied Sciences Students:

The students are asked to inform the Coordination Unit and their own unit/department in case they are unable to take the courses they have been accepted to. Please note that Universities of Applied Sciences are obligated to pay courses that are not completed.


Students must seek approval for the credit transfer or course exemption at their home university prior to the enrollment to the courses. The university where the student is registered decides on the transfer of the credits as well as possible course exemptions.

Credits are not automatically transferred to the registers of the students’ universities. The students are responsible for transferring the credits at their own university/department.

Students should go through their transcripts as soon as they receive them and check the information thoroughly. If there are any mistakes they should contact the Network Coordination Unit immediately.

Students track and transfer their credits by themselves. First, the credits can be tracked in the Nettiopsu Credit registry of the University of Turku. All Asianet students get the required UTU user account, which can be activated via this website. Instructions on how to activate your UTU user account in Finnish and in English.

Exchange students who do not have online banking credentials can ask for the transcript at

Use the “Puro” service to transfer credits to your home university.
This system is not yet in use at the University of Helsinki, University of Jyväskylä and Åbo Akademi University.

Puro-instructions in Finnish
Puro-instructions in English
Puro-instructions in Swedish

Students of the Universities of Helsinki, Jyväskylä and Åbo Akademi can produce their credit transcript in the Nettiopsu system of the University of Turku, and then bring it to their own university’s students services to transfer the credits.

The University Network’s coordination unit will apply for a local student number when necessary. This will not incur any expenses to the student.

Although the main register is held at the Coordination Unit, some of the courses are also registered at the departments which organise them. This is because of bureaucratic reasons and does not incur any difficulties for the students. Also the credits will not be registered double.

Those students from the University of Turku who wish to complete the so called Integrated Minor in East Asian Studies (combining both the Asian Programme and the CEAS Minor in East Asian Studies), please contact the Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Turku.


The courses consist of various online learning tasks. More detailed course descriptions are available on the course pages.


Lectures for all courses are only available on the online Moodle learning environment.

Most of the lecture videos are on Echo360, which can be viewed with a web browser on a computer, laptop, tablet or other mobile device.

Most of the computers available in the university computer labs are adequate for viewing lecture videos.

If you cannot find a suitable computer or encounter any problems please contact your local IT support at your home university.

It is advisable to bring your own headphones if you use computers in a computer lab. If you are not sure where to plug in the headphones, again, please contact your local IT support. (Usually headphones are plugged in either to the speaker or to the headset/output socket located on the rear of the CPU).


Instructions for essays are given on each courses own Moodle site.


All exams are so-called home exams (explained in more detail later).

Lecture and book exams are organised three times, and the student may choose the most suitable date. Students do not need to sign up for the exam if not stated otherwise in the course instructions.

Students are not required to take all three exams, one passed exam is enough. However, if the first examination fails, it is possible to take the exam on an other given exam date.

The same applies if the student wishes to improve her/his grade.

If the student does not pass any of the three examinations, s/he can redo the whole course again the next time it is available.

Please check each courses own Moodle site for more detailed information about the examinations and how they are arranged.

“Home Exam”

In the home exams, the questions are available in the morning of the examination date  (Finnish time) on the course’s own Moodle site.

The examination can be taken wherever and whenever the student finds appropriate within the time period stated in the examination instructions.

Students submit their answers using the upload tool on the courses Moodle site.

Answers arriving late are failed automatically.

Examinations are done individually; any cooperation is strictly prohibited if not otherwise mentioned in the instructions of the specified course. Copying and plagiarising is strictly prohibited and when discovered leads to failing automatically.



All the courses are graded from 1 to 5, where

0 = failed
1 = fair
2 = satisfactory
3 = good
4 = very good
5 = excellent

A Grade Point Average (GPA) is given to those students who have completed the whole Programme (minimum 25 ECTS).

There is no GPA for the separate courses.



Asia Network’s Policy on Plagiarism

(from the CEAS/UTU Writing and Research Guide )

Derived from the Latin word plagiarius (”kidnapper”), plagiarism refers to the act of presenting another author’s work as your own. Although some plagiarism is intentional cheating (e.g., copying text from the internet and presenting it as your own work), some is unintentional and a result of poor documentation and citation practices.

The easiest way to make sure you do not commit plagiarism is to follow the established citation practices. […] When you feel that a phrase used by another scholar is significant enough to be repeated verbatim, you can do so by quoting it directly and referencing it appropriately. Make sure that you don’t overuse quotations in your text, though.

As a general rule, you don’t need to reference facts that are common knowledge or widely shared cultural references. But if you are discussing particular interpretations of such material, you should document your sources.

Rules applied when plagiarism is suspected

        • If a teacher suspects plagiarism in a student’s work he or she will show it to a colleague for a second opinion. If they feel that plagiarism has occurred, the teacher will contact the student.
        • The student will not be given a grade for the exam/work in question, unless he/she can show that it is properly cited, or represents his/her own ideas.
        • In the case of grave or repeated plagiarism, the teacher may take other punitive measures in accordance with the rules of his or her Faculty. The usual punishment is a failed grade for the whole course.


Most of the study materials are available on the course’s Moodle site. Study materials may also include books, and articles which are available in library databases.


Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences have been asked to acquire all required examination books mentioned in Asian Programme course requirements. For other courses materials are selected so that students should be able to access the materials without problems. However, please bear in mind that all books might not be readily available in all libraries.

If you cannot find a specific book in your local university, check the availability in other university libraries. It is possible to borrow books through interlibrary services.

Very often you can also buy the books for an affordable price from second hand online bookstores.


Other study materials, for example lecture outlines, are distributed to students either through e-mail or the course’s own Moodle site.


The courses  are free for all the network member university students and for those University of Applied Sciences students whose institution endorses their fees. It is very important that these students ask their school to confirm the endorsement of their studies before the end of the application period.

Those University of Applied Sciences students whose school does not pay the study fee can participate in the Programme as self-paying students.

Others who are interested in Asian studies can take courses as self-paying independent students.

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.


This study guide is only available through the internet at, and can be printed from here. No other kind of study guide will be provided. It is recommended that the students print their own copies.


The coordination unit of the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies is located at the Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Turku .

Mailing Address: 
Finnish University Network for Asian Studies
c/o Centre for East Asian Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences
20014 Turun yliopisto

Executive Administrator Ulla Morelli
tel. +358 29 450 3108

University Teacher Silja Keva
tel. +358 29 450 3055

Director Outi Luova
tel.+358 29 450 3058