Registration calendar

Applications for the Master’s degree in Human and Social Sciences (Paris, France), “Asian Studies” are open from February 26th to March 24th. The Master’s degree in Asian Studies is a multidisciplinary training at M1-M2 level, organized around two tracks of study:

  • Track 1: “History and social sciences: fields, texts and images” (EPHE-EFEO)

Download the Admission procedure 2024 2025.

Apply online through the student portal at EHESS

Contact: etudesasiatiques@ehess.fr

  • Track 2: “History, philology and religions” (EPHE/PSL-EFEO)

Apply online through the student portal at EPHE                          

Contact: Johannes.Houben@ephe.psl.eu

Oriented towards research in the field of human and social sciences, this specialized training offer is unique in France. It offers integrated training where each identified cultural area is addressed through a methodology specific to each discipline. The MA Asian Studies educational team encourages students to expand their reflection beyond a single cultural or linguistic area and to embrace a multidisciplinary and comparative approach to their subject of study. The MA Asian Studies also pays particular great attention to field mobility in Asia. Funding is secured by its partner institutions (EHESS, EFEO, EPHE-PSL) for student’s fieldwork in order to adequately prepare the M2 dissertation.

The MA Asian Studies (M1 and M2) is directed to graduate students in the field of human and social sciences. It may, however, concern professionals (journalists, librarians, consultants, etc.) wishing to enhance their knowledge of Asian societies. In addition to the compulsory knowledge of French and English, a partial or total fluency of an Asian vernacular language is recommended, and sometimes depending in on their research projects. Language training can be carried out during the MA, through a double curriculum.

Note that most of the courses are taught in French language. See the Admission procedure 2024 2025 for more details.

Application items

  • Cover letter
  • Research project (Master’s Year 2 only)
  • Résumé
  • Copies of degrees earned (Bachelor’s, etc.). Degrees earned outside France must be translated into French.
  • Copies of academic transcripts (baccalaureate, Bachelor’s degree, etc.). International transcripts must be translated into French.
  • List of Bachelor’s level coursework or official program of courses taken abroad.
  • Approval of the future academic tutor
  • For international applicants, a copy of the certification or degree in French language study may be attached (optional).
  • Non-French-speaking applicants must have at least a B2 level of proficiency on the DALF/DELF. Students who are unable to provide official proof of their French language proficiency may be assessed during an interview and will be required to take a placement test before courses begin.

All the information relating to this master’s degree offer and the terms and conditions of registration are available on this website:

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