Contemporary East and Southest Asia (Asie orientale contemporaine, ASIOC)

European and International Studies
Open to :
  • Applicants holding an undergraduate degree (Bachelor)
  • EU/EEA students
  • Non-European students
Language proficency requirements :
  • French: B2
  • English: B2
Year of study :
  • Master's degree (1st year)
  • Master's degree (2nd year)

    The Master's degree in European and International Studies aims to train through research in social sciences, in an approach of areal studies, specialists in contemporary issues from three major regional areas: East Asia (China, Japan, Korea and South-East Asia); Europe; the North Africa and Middle East region. These three regional areas are considered as much in their own dynamics as in the recompositions of a globalized world. In addition to research methods in the social sciences and deepening in real studies, the mention is also based on the mastery at a high level of languages of the regional area studied. 

    The Contemporary East and Southest Asia (Asie orientale contemporaine, ASIOC) course is dedicated to the study of East and Southeast Asia from an international perspective.  The course aims to understand the specific dynamics of East and Southeast Asia and the interactions maintained with other regional areas in an interdisciplinary framework that relies on the approach and contributions of research, particularly in anthropology, economics, geopolitics, history and sociology.

    The ASIOC course is based on the learning and application of the methodologies and tools of research and the study of Asia in the social sciences. The Master’s 1st year is devoted to the acquisition of fundamental knowledge about the Asian regional area in a multidisciplinary approach in the social sciences and to the mastery of methods and techniques of qualitative and quantitative analysis usable in the social sciences. Master’s 2nd year is devoted to the in-depth study of thematic knowledge and to a specialization in the professions of study and research.

    This social science training is combined with the development of Chinese or Japanese language skills in intensive courses during the first three semesters and international mobility, preferably to an academic institution in Asia, during the fourth semester during which a research dissertation is written using sources in Western languages and in one or more Asian languages. 

    At the end of this course, the students received a demanding training through research in the social sciences leading to research professions, but also to those of the senior public administration as well as expertise, consulting and project management.


    Language of teaching

    Around 85% in French and 15% in English (up to 70% in French and 30% in English at the end of the contract);

    Teaching Chinese and Japanese languages partly in French and partly in these languages (these language teachings represent 6 out of 30 ETCS in semesters 1, 2 and 3, which corresponds to 20% of the share of teaching). 

    Career opportunities after this course

    • Research professions, in France or abroad
    • High rank civil servants in the French or European public administration 
    • Expertise and project management in France or abroad (public or private think tanks, NGOs with an international activity)
    • Consulting professions (international organizations, private companies specialized in consulting)
    • Management professions of private commercial and industrial companies with an international activity

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