Master's Program in Area Studies

Master's Program in Area Studies


A student of MAS did a research in Lasuco Farm

 


MAS students discovered Japan with Sumo Wrestlers


The Master’s Program in Area Studies at Vietnam Japan University (VJU) has the following objectives:

  • Equip students with advanced knowledge of Area Studies (Japanese Study (including TJFL, “Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language”)/Vietnamese Studies) based on modern theories, methodologies, and interdisciplinary approaches that are used by international scientists, especially in well-known Japanese and Vietnamese universities and institutes;After graduation, students are equipped to take up positions that require general and interdisciplinary research skills in international organizations, diplomatic agencies, government organizations and NGOs, universities and research institutes, and services and trading companies, especially Japanese companies. Students can also pursue a PhD degree at leading universities in the world, especially those in Japan.
  • Equip students with general, updated, and compehensive knowledge related to Japanese and Vietnamese issues (including those of social science and natural science, particularly geography, environmental resources, sustainable development, and TJFL—Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language);
  • Train students in acquiring the skills to survey, research, and elucidate, using an interdisciplinary approach, the problems in the phenomena of sustainable development as found in the practices of Japan, Vietnam, and other areas.

After graduation, students are equipped to take up positions that require general and interdisciplinary research skills in international organizations, diplomatic agencies, government organizations and NGOs, universities and research institutes, and services and trading companies, especially Japanese companies. Students can also pursue a PhD degree at leading universities in the world, especially those in Japan.

  • High-quality program based on the curriculum of the University of Tokyo, with modifications to meet the requirements of a Vietnamese context;
  • International academic environment, minimum 50% lecturers from Japan, modern facilities, participation in projects with well-known professors;
  • Substantially subsidized tuition fee, full scholarships for outstanding students based on their performance;
  • Fully covered expenditures for a one-month internship (for Vietnamese Studies) or a three-month internship (for Japanese Studies) in Japan for all students;
  • Modern knowledge and skills in multicultural context, especially Japanese;
  • Strengths and advantages when applying for jobs in Vietnamese and Japanese enterprises or international organizations upon graduation.

 

 

 

University of Tokyo

The University of Tokyo is ranked first among the most reputable and prestigious universities in Japan and 23rd in the world according to theTimes Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015.

The curriculum consists of a total of 64 credits, including core courses in fundamental and professional knowledge, as well as elective courses in each specified field.

 

Courses

Credits

General knowledge

10

Philosophy

4

Japanese Language

6

Fundamental and specific knowledge

 

Compulsory courses

9

Basic Sustainability Science

3

Methodology and Informatics for Sustainable Science

3

Theory and Methodology of Area studies

3

Elective courses

16/46 (56)

Fundamental courses for Area Studies (elective)

8/14

Vietnam and Japan in the World I

2

Vietnam and Japan in the World II

2

Vietnam in Asia

2

Japan in Asia

2

TJFL in Asia

2

Academic English

4

Specialized courses for Vietnamese Study (elective)

16/32

Diachronic approach

6/8

Vietnamese Language and Literature

2

Vietnamese Culture and Religion

2

Vietnamese History and Geography

2

Vietnam: Tradition and Modernity

2

Contemporary approach

6/8

Politics and Diplomacy of Contemporary Vietnam

2

Economy and Business Management of Contemporary Vietnam

2

Law and Administration of Contemporary Vietnam

2

Society and Culture of Contemporary Vietnam

2

Special lecture

2/10

Special Lecture on Vietnamese Study I

2

Special Lecture on Vietnamese Study II

2

Special Lecture on Vietnamese Study III

2

Special Lecture on Vietnamese Study IV

2

Special Lecture on Vietnamese Study V

2

Integrated research seminar

2/6

Seminar on Traditional Vietnam

2

Seminar on Modern Vietnam

2

Seminar on Contemporary Vietnam

2

Specialized courses for Japanese Studies (Elective)

16/42

Diachronic approach

6/10

Japanese Language and Literature

2

Japanese Thought and Religion

2

Japanese History and Geography

2

Japan: Tradition and Modernity

2

Current Issues and Language Life in Japan

2

Contemporary approach

6/10

Politics and Diplomacy of Contemporary Japan

2

Economy and Business Management of Contemporary Japan

2

Law and Administration of Contemporary Japan

2

Society and Culture of Contemporary Japan

2

Language Policy and Language Planning in Japan

2

Special Lectures

2/12

Special Lecture on Japanese Studies I

2

Special Lecture on Japanese Studies II

2

Special Lecture on Japanese Studies III

2

Special Lecture on Japanese Studies IV

2

Special Lecture on Japanese Studies V

2

Special Lecture on Japanese Studies VI

2

Integrated research seminars

2/10

Seminar on Traditional Japan

2

Seminar on Modern Japan

2

Seminar on Contemporary Japan

2

Seminar on Japanese Language Education

2

Seminar on Japanese Society

2

Internship

6

Master Thesis

15

Admission capacity: 15 students per intake

 

Admission requirements:

  • GPA:  University graduation with GPA >= 2.5/4.0 in majors specified in the curriculum.
  • English requirements:        
    • For official enrollment: Level 3/6 (IELTS 4.0-4.5) in Vietnamese reference framework for foreign language (Circular No. 01/2014/TT-BGDĐT) or equivalent.
    • After the first year: English proficiency must be at least Level 4/6 (IELTS 5.0-5.5)in Vietnamese reference framework for foreign language (Circular No. 01/2014/TT-BGDĐT) or equivalent.
  • Japanese requirements for Japanese Study: Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) ≥ N2.
  • Vietnamese requirements for Vietnamese Study: Foreigners and overseas Vietnamese need to pass Vietnamese language proficiency test.

 

Major Requirements:

  • Holders of a bachelor’s degree in majors under Humanities majors category and Social and behavioral sciences majors category;
  • Holders of a bachelor’s degree in majors of Natural sciences with high interdisciplinary nature shall be considered by the Admission committee based on the application documents;
  • Holders of a bachelor’s degree in majors from abroad, which do not match any majors in the list of training majors by the Ministry of Education and Training, shall be considered by the Admission committee based on the application documents

Entrance exam:

  • Open admission
  • Entrance exam: application screening and oral test

Deadline for Application submission:

1st Admission: Mar 18th 2019

2nd Admission: July 19th 2019

 

Application documents: click here

Program Office

Room 601, 6th Floor, My Dinh Campus

Luu Huu Phuoc Road, My Dinh 1 Residential Area, Cau Dien Ward, Nam Tu Liem District, Ha Noi, Vietnam View google map

Program Assistant:

Ms. Nguyen Huyen Hao

Tel: (+84) 24 7306 6001 (Ext: 6011)

 

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