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

  • FAQ
  • Study Guide
  • Next round of applications is for courses provided during the spring term 2021: November 2–22, 2020


Master’s level online courses offer advanced knowledge on Asia. Courses focus on political, social, cultural and economic issues of Asian countries. The 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:

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.

Until the end of the year 2020 member universities are:
Aalto University
University of Helsinki
University of Jyväskylä
Tampere University
University of Turku
University of Vaasa
Åbo Akademi University

Starting from 2021:

This list is updated continuously as we receive information from universities about their decisions.

Confirmed members:

University of Turku
University of Jyväskylä
Tampere 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. Open Universities have their own application procedures.

Please note that from autumn 2019 onwards it is now longer possible to study Asianet courses as a self-paying UTU non-degree student. If you have recently registered and paid non-degree status at UTU, you can study as long as your paid study right is valid. Please check the study right from UTU Nettiopsu. See instructions on how to activate your UTU Nettiopsu access from our Study Guide under “credit registration and transfer”. In addition, studying with an endorsement from a University of Applied Sciences is no longer possible as of autumn 2019. Students from Universities of Applied Sciences can take the selected courses through the Open University channel (above).

When to apply?

  • Master’s level courses provided during the autumn term 2020: August 24–September 13, 2020.
  • Master’s level courses provided during the spring term 2021: November 2–22, 2020
  • Master’s level courses provided during summer term 2021: March 29–April 25, 2021.


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