Academic year 2024/2025

Level of qualification

Master's Degree Programme

Ministerial degree code

LM-36 (Language and Literature of Africa and Asia)


The teaching regulations of the study course depend on the following organisational aspects: educational goals, access methods, study plan, exams, final exam, job opportunities, etc. Throughout their university career, students must refer to the teaching regulations enforced from their matriculation.

Double and Joint Degree

Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages Capital Normal University (Beijing, People's Republic of China).
Access: Call for applications.

Master’s Degree in Estudios lingüísticos, literarios y culturales, Universidad de Sevilla (Seville, Spain).
Access: Call for applications.

Double Degree with Seoul National University (Korea)
Access: Call for applications.


Department of Asian and North African Studies, Palazzo Vendramin dei Carmini, Dorsoduro 3462, 30123 Venice
For further information please contact

Head of studies

Prof. Matthias Kappler (Teaching Committee Coordinator,



Access to the programme

Limited admission subject to assessment of minimum requirements.

Quota reserved to non-EU students residing outside Italy: 20 seats, of which 10 are reserved for Chinese students living in China, under the Marco Polo Project.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to this Master's Degree Programme students must possess a proper individual educational background and the minimum curricular requirements. A certified knowledge of English at minimum level B2 is also required.
Details about the assessment procedures are available in the webpage dedicated to admission requirements.

Admission with international qualification

Applicants with international qualification must have obtained a bachelor’s degree that is the result of at least 3 years of study. The preliminary evaluation of the qualification is mandatory. Procedures and deadlines are available on the dedicated online platform.
International qualification will be evaluated by the designated teaching committee after the pre-evaluation procedure carried out on the online platform.
European applicants and non-European applicants with a permit of stay valid for enrolment must take the onsite admission test. Non-European applicants who need a visa for enrolment will take the admission test via Skype.

Course overview

The Master’s Degree programme in Language and Civilisation of Asia and Mediterranean Africa aims to model students that possess a solid understanding of a language in Asia or Mediterranean Africa (including micro languages). The linguistic understanding should be integrated with an advanced understanding of relative literature, history and cultural reality, and in their different dimensions (historical, philosophical, religious, social, institutional, archeological, artistic). Each piece of knowledge will be acquired both through teachings aimed at training cultural operators in the classicist sense who, in addition to the mastery of a modern Asian or Mediterranean Africa language, will also have a solid background in the field of classical traditions of civilizations studied (literature, philology and textual exegesis, figurative and performing arts, and religious/philosophical traditions); and through teachings aimed at training cultural operators in the modern field who, in addition to the mastery of a modern Asian or Mediterranean Africa language, will have a solid understanding of the socio-cultural contemporary realities of the studied countries, and their different aspects (literature, art, cinema, processes of cultural production, problems with gender and identity, elaborations of contemporary thought). In the Master’s Degree programme, teaching will be carried out with linguistic variety, from the specialised language to the vehicular one (english).


  • China (Language: Chinese)
  • Japan (Language: Japanese)
  • Near and Middle East (Language: a choice between Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish)
  • South Asia (Language: Hindi)
  • Korea (Language: Korean)

Occupational profiles

The Master’s Degree graduates will be able to commit to organisms of artistic and cultural heritage protection, in the field of editing, authorities of public and private museums, libraries and art collections, or will be able to carry out professions linked to communication (journalism), organisation and promotion of artistic and cultural events, to consultancy in social and educational services of reception and integration of third country nationals, and to activities related to the development and organization of forms of sustainable tourism in Eastern Asia, the Near and Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Mediterranean Africa.



Examination assessment and graduation

Educational activities include classroom teaching, workshops and internships, in order to acquire wide-ranging skills that can be readily transferable into the world of work.Knowledge gained by students will be assessed through written and oral exams during their entire university career.

The final exam consists in writing a thesis, which must possess the characters of originality, exhaustive documentation and scientific investigation and which will be discussed with a committee of university professors and experts.

Access to further studies

Professional Master’s Programmes (1st level and 2nd level) and PhD programmes.

Last update: 21/05/2024