Application period is open for Asianet courses in spring 2021! EXTENDED to 24.11.2020!!

Study Asia online!

Application period for spring 2021 Asianet online course is now open!



Breakdance in Asia - Jukka Aukia
By Jukka Aukia

Asianet online courses give you a chance to study the most dynamic region in the world. You can study business, societies and cultures of East, Southeast and South Asia in our versatile courses. Whether your career or study plans relate to Asia or you are interested in international affairs in general, take these courses to learn about Asia and the individual countries both at introductory as well as advanced level.

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 includes both degree students and exchange students.

Other students can participate either as self-paying external students or through the Open University at the University of Turku.

Starting from  2021 the members of the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies are: University of Turku,  University of Jyväskylä and Tampere University. In addition students from Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) and JAMK University of  Applied Sciences can study these courses free of charge through their local institutional agreements with Tampere University and University of Jyväskylä.

If your university discontinued its membership in the Asia Network, you can complete the Asian Programme as a self-paying student either 1) through the Open University at the University of Turku, or  2) as an external self-paying student of the University of Turku.

Read more from our website.


In Spring 2021 we offer the following courses:

Visit the course sites to read more about the contents and to access the application form.

Asian Programme Asian Programme courses provide students with a good introduction to contemporary Asia with interdisciplinary basic level courses. You can take individual courses or the whole Asian Programme, which is a 25 ECTS minor degree.

  • Business in East and Southeast Asia (4 or 6 ECTS) 
    The course aims to give insight into East and Southeast Asia as a macro region with increasing integration into the global economy. The course focuses on the interplay between the international, national, and sub-national systems in Asia Pacific. Economic and political institutions as well as business environments are discussed leading to an analysis of the region as an operational environment for multinational enterprise
  • Contemporary South Asia (3 or 5 ECTS)
    The course aims to construct a holistic view of the societies and cultures of South Asia with a special focus on globalisation. Other topics include politics, religion, gender, development and urbanisation.
  • Contemporary Southeast Asia (3 or 5 ECTS) 
    This course aims to give students an insight into the rapid economic, political and environmental change in contemporary Southeast Asia. Students will study the situational characteristics of the environmental change and state formation processes in the region.


Mini Minor in Asian Studies 

Combine Bachelor level courses (above) with Master’s level courses (below) to create a Mini Minor in Asian Studies (10 ECTS). The Mini Minor is designed for students who prefer to include a small minor in Asian Studies in their degree. It provides the possibility to gain advanced knowledge of a specific theme or region. 

Advanced Master’s level online courses in spring 2021

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.