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 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.

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 includes both degree students and exchange students. Fill in the application form (above).

Starting from  2021 the members of the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies are:

University of Turku
University of Jyväskylä
Tampere University

Also students from the following universities of applied sciences can study Asianet courses free of charge because of the bilateral institutional agreements of between TAY and TAMK, and JYU and JAMK.

Tampere University of Applied Sciences (through the agreement with Tampere University)
JAMK University of Applied Sciences (through the agreement with 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 2) as an external self-paying student of the University of Turku (see the point 2 below)

2. Other students

Courses are offered against payment through

a) the Open University at the University of Turku.
Courses arranged by the Center for East Asian Studies can be taken via the Open University.

The Open University has an own, separate application processes.
Information about the application criteria and study fees is available on these web sites
In Finnish:
In English:

b) as an external self-paying student of the University of Turku.

You can sign up as an external non-degree student at UTU and have the possibility to take courses and a full minor for the fee of 250 euros. Please fill out the application form now. The approved students pay the study fee before the courses start.

When to apply?

    • Summer term 2021: application period March 29–April 25, 2021
    • Autumn term 2021 application period: August 23 – September 14, 2021.
    • Spring term 2022 application period: November 1 – 21, 2021.
    • Summer term 2022: application period March 28 – April 24, 2022.


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