East Asia Region Studies (Online)

The program is designed to respond to the realities and needs of the students, many of whom are already involved in pursuing their careers:

- There is flexibility to attend the courses from anywhere in the world because the majority of them are conducted remotely. Many university resources, such as academic databases subscribed by the library, can be accessed online in a digital format.

- Academic advisors offer online consultations that can be adapted to students’ schedules.

- Courses taught in-person are conducted in intensive format which is easier to match with other responsibilities. Furthermore, such courses allow to establish closer ties with professors and other students of the program.

"The Asian century is set to begin” – declared Financial Times in 2019 by crunching statistical data and summarizing research done by leading political scientists and economists. With this world-changing trend in mind, VMU launched the master’s degree programme of East Asia Region Studies (EARS) in 2007 making it the first and only graduate programme in the Baltic States that is taught in English and focused on East Asian contemporary politics and society.

In addition to providing core knowledge about modern political, economic and social developments of East Asian countries, i.e. Korea, Japan and China, the programme also creates an encouraging environment for students to design their own study plan according to their research ambitions. As a result, students can further expand their knowledge in region’s history, languages, culture or other fields. In addition, motivated students have a possibility to study at least one semester abroad not only in other European countries but also at one of many VMU’s partner universities in East Asia.

Feedback of lecturers and students

“Thanks to these studies I found new friends in East Asia, had unforgettable experiences and gained valuable knowledge, encompassing both theory and practice. I encourage everyone who will be studying in this programme after me to use all the opportunities it provides.”
Julija Vasilenko, programme alumna, Coordinator for International Relations at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences

“I am glad to see that year after year this programme acts as a meeting spot for young ambitious people with different backgrounds to exchange ideas, learn new things, and then continue their life journeys building ties with China, Japan or Korea in the business sector, academia, public institutions or other areas. I think I can speak on behalf of all professors teaching in the programme that working with such a diverse pool of students is a rewarding experience.”
Asst. Prof. Dr. Linas Didvalis, lecturer of international relations in East Asia and contemporary Japanese politics

Competencies acquired

  • Knowledge of contemporary politics, economics and society of China, Japan and Korea.
  • Ability to critically analyse East Asian political, economic and social processes in the domestic and international context.
  • Understanding of development trends in East Asian countries and changing region’s role in the world.
  • Effective communication skills across East Asian cultures and audiences at a personal and professional level.
  • Ability to use research, communication and evaluation skills in diverse career fields.


Exchange Studies

Master Degree students have a possibility to take part in various exchange programmes (bilateral exchange, Erasmus+) for studies and internships and get monthly scholarships. VMU has more than 50 partner universities in East Asian countries, including such top-ranked universities as Korea University, Waseda University, Beijing Normal University, Akita International University, Seoul National University and others.

Career opportunities

The programme is aimed at preparing qualified specialists to work in:

  • the private sector that seeks to develop business relations with East Asian countries;
  • governmental institutions (including diplomatic missions and international governmental organisations, such as EU or UN) that have departments managing relations with China, Japan or Korea;
  • think tanks conducting East Asia related analytical work;
  • education institutions of all levels that require teachers or administrators with specialized regional knowledge;
  • civil society organisations seeking to build ties or conduct activities in East Asia.

In addition, acquiring master’s degree allows graduates of the programme to continue their studies at PhD level in the field of social sciences both in Lithuanian and foreign universities.


Department of Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities (inquiries regarding study programme)
Contact person Dr. Linas Didvalis linas.didvalis@vdu.lt
Address V. Putvinskio str. 23-418, LT-44243 Kaunas, Lithuania
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  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities
  • Group of Fields of Study Social Sciences (J)
  • Lenght of Programme 2 academic years
  • Tuition fee per year: 4096 Eur
  • ECTS credits 120
  • Name of Qualification Master of Social Sciences