East Asia Region Studies

The postgraduate programme of East Asia Region Studies (EARS) is the first and only graduate programme in Lithuania and Baltic States that offers English courses in the field of East Asian contemporary politics and society. The programme is mainly concentrated on modern political, economic, social and cultural issues of East Asian countries, i.e. Korea, Japan and China, but also provides possibility for students to study region’s history, traditions and religions. The best and most motivated students will be encouraged to study at least one semester abroad at one of VMU’s partner universities in East Asia.

Feedback of lecturers and students

“This programme is especially good for people who come from various backgrounds. You have the freedom within the programme to study various topics about East Asia by using a kaleidoscope of approaches that engage students in a rigorous way. Also, the programme provides plenty of opportunities for exchanges – not only to study in countries of the region but also meet guests and speakers who come our way“.
Assoc. Prof. J. D. Mininger

Competencies acquired

  • Knowledge of contemporary politics, economics and society of China, Japan and Korea.
  • Ability to critically analyse East Asian and international political and economic processes.
  • Understanding of changes and development trends of East Asian countries.
  • Effective communication skills across East Asian cultures and audiences at a personal and professional level.
  • Ability to use research, communication and evaluation methods and tools in educational, informational, consultation and other activities.


Career opportunities

Master’s degree program in East Asia Region Studies is aimed at preparing qualified specialists to work in diplomatic structures, governmental and non-governmental institutions, business organizations, academic institutions, as well as European and East Asian diplomatic institutions that have demand for East Asian region experts. Graduates of the program possess adequate knowledge of East Asian region’s political, economic, cultural processes in the context of globalization, are able to recognize specific characteristics of the region, to analyse global events and apply this experience to Lithuania, as well as have knowledge of communicational characteristics of the region.

Graduates of East Asia Region Studies program have a possibility to continue their studies at PhD level in the field of political science, as well as in other PhD programs within the area of social science in national and international institutions.


Faculty of Humanities (inquiries regarding study programme)
Programme coordinator Dr. Linas Didvalis, Linas.Didvalis@vdu.lt; phone +370 37 331 323
Administrator Ms Alisija Rupšienė, Alisija.Rupsiene@vdu.lt
Address V. Putvinskio str. 23, LT-44243 Kaunas, Lithuania
Website www.hmf.vdu.lt/en


International Cooperation Department (inquiries regarding application and admission)
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  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities
  • Group of Fields of Study Social Sciences
  • Lenght of Programme 2 academic years
  • ECTS credits 120
  • Name of Qualification Master of Social Sciences