Languages and cultures of East Asia

... looks into questions such as ...

  • What changes have East Asian societies undergone historically?
  • What forms did cultural transfer take between the different regions of East Asia?
  • What are the distinctive features of East Asian literature?
  • What is the image of East Asia in the West, and how has it changed over the past 150 years?
  • How does Buddhism differ in China, Japan, and Korea?

Degree programmes


Languages and cultures of East Asia, Bachelor 1 subject


Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Start: Winter semester
Duration: 8 semesters
Classroom language: German, English

Detailed information for international applicants

What's it all about?

This degree programme is unique, because ...

​...the cultural region of East Asia is studied in its contexts, with a focus on one of the three sub-regions China, Japan or Korea.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields
  • Chinese, Japanese or Korean
  • Linguistics
  • History
  • Literature
  • Intellectual history
  • Religions of East Asia

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,


  • Talent for languages
  • Diligence
  • general education

has fun with:

  • Foreign languages
  • reading, learning and thinking
  • occupation with demanding texts

struggles through:

  • many vocabulary words
  • new writing systems
  • and a lot of technical literature

Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • in the media sector (journalism, publishing houses)
  • in cultural institutions (museums, libraries)
  • in companies with a connection to East Asia
  • in the public sector
  • in international organizations

And else?

An internship ...

is optional.

Studying abroad ...

is mandatory.

Where do I find help?

Contact students

Fachschaft Ostasienwissenschaften
Building, Room: Universitätsstraße 134, Raum 2.30
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-25033
Website Fachschaft