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Asian Studies - India and South Asia Studies

Master (2 years) of Asian Studies, 120 ECTS
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts

Institution Aarhus University (AU)
Campus Aarhus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 4000 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


South Asia is one of Asia’s most dynamic regions. It is home to 25 per cent of the world’s population, to the world’s largest democracy, and to rising new ‘development star’ economies like Bangladesh. The region’s nuclear powers are asserting themselves more and more on the global stage. The MA programme in Asian Studies – India and South Asia Studies offers an in-depth but interdisciplinary understanding of the rapidly transforming society and culture of India and South Asia, its increasing interactions with Asia, and its entangled history with the West.

The programme offers three components: a distinctive focus on India and South Asia, a broader Asian perspective, and a chance to specialise in either language-based or international skills. Firstly, courses draw on the insights offered by disciplines such as anthropology, history and political science and apply them in Indian and South Asian contexts. These insights are deepened during a study semester abroad. Secondly, students interact closely with China and Japan specialists within the larger MA in Asian Studies so as to situate India in a larger Asian framework. Thirdly, in order to understand the complex and often contradictory social and cultural realities, students choose between learning Hindi (India’s most common language) on an advanced level in the language track, or acquiring the skills to deal with the Indian subcontinent in an increasingly globalised and interconnected world in the international/non-language track.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the programme will have acquired not only first-hand experience of the region, but the crucial cross-cultural competencies that are required for working as part of a team in international or Danish companies and organisations that are expanding their work with and inside Asia. Graduates will find work not only in government agencies but in consultancy firms, media houses and the tourism industry. Those planning to pursue a career in academia through PhD research can apply to the Graduate School, Arts, either after the first year or after completing the MA.


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In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level. 
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To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact Aarhus University directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education →

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside EU/EAA/Switzerland. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition

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Application date
Mar 15
Start date
Sep 01


Application date
Jan 15
Start date
Sep 01


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