Important Information for Students

Please visit the University's website to familiarize yourself with the current COVID-19 measures in place (link).

Please note that during the winter semester, the Department of East Asian Studies (incl. the secretariat) has limited office opening hours for students. Therefore, please book an appointment before going to their offices. For information on available time slots from Monday to Thursday, please visit the following link. For your appointment request, please send an email with a detailed description of your inquiry to sinologie.ostasien[at] An appointment is not possible without prior notification.

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EcoS is a two-year multidisciplinary master program that focuses on the contemporary societal, political and economic issues in the East Asian region as a whole. East Asia is much more than just the sum of its parts, so the program emphasizes a comparativist approach to current transnational and regional issues.

This year's application period has closed. The next application period will take place between March and May 2023. Click here to know more about EcoS Application process.

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 Most Recent Announcements


Invite: EcoS' student roundtable

The team of student representatives has asked us to share an invitation to a roundtable they are organising at one of the restaurants in the AAKH...


38 North article: The Future of North Korean Studies

Prof. Rüdiger Frank and Dr. Steven Denney have collaborated on an article for the news outlet "38 North" in which they discuss the future of North...


Workshop for beginners of Korean language courses WS2022

After hearing that the Korean workshop for beginners will be held in German only, one of EcoS Students, Minne Nakamura, has decided to offer an...


VU Strategic Gaming for the WS2022

This winter term, Alfred Gerstl and Martin Mandl offer again the highly popular "Strategic Gaming: The South China Sea":


We want to welcome you all to the new semester with an event where you will be able to interact with other EcoS students, teaching staff and the team...


Important Dates for the Winter Semester 2022

Do not forget the upcoming important deadlines to prepare yourselves for the winter semester 2022!