Important Information for the Winter Semester 2020/21

Please visit the University's website to familiarize yourself with the current COVID-19 measures in place (link). If you are a student of EcoS, also make sure to read our Department's regulations for its students in the following link.

Please note that, in an attempt to support the measures against the spreading of COVID-19, the Department of East Asian Studies (incl. the secretariat) currently has no office opening hours for students. Only in urgent cases (collection of documents) appointments are made. Please note, however, that appointments are only possible on the following days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. For an appointment request, please send an email with a detailed description of your inquiry to sinologie.ostasien[at] Please note: an appointment is not possible without prior notification.

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 Most Recent Announcements


Kyoto University has launched its “Kyoto Spring Program” which will be offered online from 14 to 24 February 2021. The students from the University of...


On November 6, Prof. Frank participated in the World Economic Forum (WEF) panel on “Promoting Human Security in North Korea”.


The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) has featured a co-authored article by Dr. Franziska Plümmer (Chair of East Asian Studies,...


Mentoring for writing MA Thesis in English, by the CTL

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Dr. Franziska Plümmer will be part of the planned Lecture Series of the Department of Political Science (IPW Lectures) for the Winter Semester 2020-21


Discussion Panel about the Division and Reunification Korea/Germany

On October 2, Prof. Rüdiger Frank was part of a discussion panel about the documentary film "My Brothers and Sisters in the North" (2016) by...