Applying to the Master’s Degree Programme

Academic Year 2019/2020



Applying to the Master’s Degree Programme


For the admission to the Master’s Degree Programme in Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, candidates need to possess an undergraduate degree (I Level), or a three-year university diploma, or a four-year degree or other specialist or Master’s Degree or other qualification obtained abroad and recognised as equivalent. Four-year degrees from the previous Italian university system, three-year university diplomas, and qualifications obtained abroad and recognised as equivalent will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Furthermore, the following academic requirements are needed for admission to the Master’s Degree in Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa:


- at least 18 credits in one of the languages of Asia and Africa (L-OR / 07, L-OR / 08, L-OR / 09, L-OR / 12, L-OR / 13, L-OR / 15, L-OR / 18, L-OR / 19, L-OR / 21, L-OR / 22);

- at least 12 credits earned in the cultural disciplines pertaining to the area of the first Asian or African language studied (from L-OR / 01 to L-OR / 23; MGGR / 01, MGGR / 02; M-STO / 02, M-STO / 03, M-STO / 04, M-STO / 06; M-FIL / 08; M-DEA / 01; SPS / 08, SPS / 13, SPS / 14);

- at least 6 credits in a language from the European Union.


A special Committee will evaluate the curriculum vitae of each candidate, any other certifications deemed appropriate (e.g. language certifications) and the degree programme that will be taken during the two years. The assessment of the candidates’ preparation will be performed by the Admissions Committee through an individual interview (see attached schedule), both for the students in possession of the academic requirements and for those who partially lack credits.

In the event of a partial credit shortcoming in the scientific-disciplinary sectors of the languages ??of Asia and Africa (L-OR / 07, L-OR / 08, L-OR / 09, L-OR / 12, L-OR / 13, L-OR / 15, L-OR / 18, L-OR / 19, L-OR / 21, L-OR / 22), the Admissions Committee will evaluate any linguistic certifications obtained in the Asian or African language which the student chooses to study. In this case, the Committee reserves the right to evaluate the certifications and to verify the linguistic level achieved during the interview.

In the event that the number of credits in the cultural disciplines related to the area of ??the first Asian or African language studied is slightly lower than those required, or if the Committee deems it necessary, an individual study programme will be established based on a bibliography of recommended texts (see attached list) which will be verified through an interview. In this case admission to the Master’s Degree Programme is subject to passing the interview and verification of the personal preparation by the Committee.

At the discretion of the Admissions Committee, courses belonging to scientific disciplinary sectors which are different from those listed, and whose denominations and contents are comparable to those listed and whose detailed programme is presented are also considered for the cultural disciplines.

Only for Degree Programme 1 (MAA / 1 - Languages ??and Literatures) and for justified reasons, which will be evaluated case by case by the Admissions Committee, will it be possible to undertake the study of a second Asian or African language of a basic level: as long as this contributes to the improvement of the student’s training and to the achievement of an advanced preparation both in the methodologies and in the field of linguistics.


Presentation of the admission application

The application form, accompanied by the necessary documentation, must be completed, signed and sent in .pdf format by e-mail to the Department of Asian, African and Mediterranean Studies: e-mail address; from the 9th of July to the 26th of November 2019 and from the 27th of November 2019 to the 4th of January 2010 according to the deadlines indicated in the admission interview calendar at the following link:


The terms and procedures for submitting the application to the Master’s Degree Programme, for the purpose of assessing the entry requirements also apply to students who intend to transfer from other Master’s degree programmes.


Documents to be attached to the application:

A. Substitutive declaration of certification demonstrating the possession of the qualification obtained or to be obtained and the study plan indicating the exams, the relative ECTS, the grades and the disciplinary fields.

B. Curriculum Vitae (European format)

C. Copy of a document of identification

D. Forms:

1. Application form

2. Chosen Degree Programme

Languages and Literatures

History and Civilization


Recommended bibliography for integrative study programmes (based on the area of study)

G. Filoramo (edited by), Islam, Bari: Laterza, 1999

C. Lo Jacono, History of the Islamic World (VII-XVI century). Vol. 1. The Near East, Turin: Einaudi, 2003

G. Calchi Novati, Africa, the Rediscovered History: from the first political forms to the National States, Rome: Carocci, 2016

A.M. Medici, A. Pallotti, M. Zamponi, Contemporary Africa, Florence: Le Monnier Università, 2017

V. Goossaert and D.A. Palmer, The Religious Question in Modern China, University of Chicago Press, 2010

R.L. Nadeau, L. Komjathy, The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Chinese Religions, Wiley-Blackwell 2012

R. Ellwood, Introducing Japanese Religions, London: Routledge, 2007

I. Reader, E. Andreasen, F. Stefansson, Japanese Religions Past and Present,, London: Routledge 1993

J.K. Fairbank - E.O. Reschauer - A.M. Craig, History of East Asia, Volume I The Great Tradition, Turin: Einaudi, 1974

Kai Vogelsang, China. A Thousand-Year History, Turin: Einaudi 2014

Elise Tipton, Modern Japan, Turin: Einaudi, 2011


For the procedures and deadlines related to enrolment, see the Student Guide 2019-20 and the Student Services Office.

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