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In the modern world that is gradually becoming more integrated both politically and economically, we cannot think of Asian and Middle Eastern countries and societies as of something remote and exotic: their influence is detectable in every sphere of our lives. Due to this, researching Asian and Middle Eastern societies, helps us to understand better the history, culture, economy and politics of these different countries.

The area of Asian Studies in the Tallinn University School of Humanities is unique in Estonia. Our distinguished specialists provide the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge of the culture and societies of different countries in East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. In order to research Asian and Middle Eastern culture good language skills are demanded, therefore our curricula have language acquisition as a vital component. During studies a student must acquire skills in either Japanese, Chinese or Arabic, which then helps to conduct independent research. In addition to the main language our students are given the opportunity to learn either Korean or Turkish.

Our study area coordinates exchange programmes with different Japanese universities (Waseda, Gakushuin Joshidaigaku, Tsukuba, Yamagata) where every year some of our Japanese major students are studying. Our students specialising in Chinese have been able to study in the Beijing Language and Culture University and in the National Taiwan University. Students specialising in Middle Eastern languages and culture have opportunities to pursue studies in different Turkish universities using the Erasmus+ programme.

Graduating from our Asian Studies allows a readiness to work in different spheres of life and in various posts that require the knowledge and understanding of Asian and Middle Eastern languages and cultures. Our graduates have been not only employed in teaching languages, as translators and in tourism, but also as employees of various establishments and institutions of foreign countries like embassies, international organisations, and in the private sector.

Head of Study Area, Alari Allik