Disregard the warning above the programme is taught both in Dutch and English.
During the Master’s programme, you will perfect your linguistic, academic and critical skills. Socio-cultural phenomena are studied in depth, providing you with a wide range of generic and specific competences and opportunities for the future. The Master’s programme has a strong academic orientation and offers various opportunities for wider training in the humanities and social sciences.
The programme consists of the following components:
- Language, text and context (for each language; taught in the language of choice and English): in-depth academic study of particular socio-cultural phenomena, in combination with integrated language training at an intermediate to advanced level;
- Culture in perspective (for each cultural area; taught in English): advanced engagement with the variety of approaches in the academic study of diverse cultural themes related to China, India, Japan or the Middle East;
- Humanities and social sciences module: you can choose between the modules ‘Academic Proficiency’ (English research module), ‘Society and Diversity’, ‘Political and Social Sciences’ and ‘Economics and Business Administration’;
- Internationalisation module: study at an institution of higher education in a country from the chosen area or at another European university. Students who opt to stay at Ghent University, take the module ‘Internationalisation@Home’ with the courses ‘Globalisation’;
- Internship: in the framework of the humanities and social sciences or the internationalisation module, allowing you to acquire a first, very valuable pre-professional work experience. The programme can rely on a wide range of internship partners (companies, public authorities, museums etc.);
- ‘Master’s Dissertation’ and ‘Dissertation Seminar’: in these courses you demonstrate that you are able to contribute actively and adequately (including via your language skills) to current academic (and wider) understandings of China, India, Japan or the Middle East and their diverse but interrelated socio-cultural landscapes.
The master in Oriental Languages and Cultures provides you with the same future opportunities as any other academic programme in the humanities (Linguistics and Literary Studies, Languages and Cultures). Graduates find employment in the cultural sector (museums, publishers, theatre companies, literary organisations, archives, the press, libraries and cultural centres), as well as at various governmental institutions and internationally oriented companies. They are often asked to welcome and escort trade missions, to manage trade contracts and to assist business leaders in the various countries of Asia.
Students having a keen interest in furthering their acquaintance with research in humanities and social sciences related to China, India, Japan or the Middle East can also consider a career as a researcher.