East  Asian Studies at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

East Asian Studies have been present at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) for over  twenty years.  Current interest in promoting knowledge about the region of East Asia has meant that the  UAB now finds itself at the forefront of the field of East Asian Studies in Spain today.


In 1989, a Centre for Chinese Studies and  another for Japanese Studies were created. when the former University College of Translation and Interpreting (EUTI) first offered courses in Chinese and Japanese languages.  Later, when the EUTI acquired Faculty status as the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting (FTI),  these Centres were incorporated into the Institute of International and Intercultural Studies (IEII), established in 1999, which changed its name in 2012 to the Center of East Asia Studies and Research (CEIAO).

During the 1990s, the Centres and the Institute organised  lectures, seminars, and conferences on subjects relating to East Asia, and research in the field led to the first doctoral theses. Staff from the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting and the CEIAO, together with lecturers from other faculties who were responsible for  research on East Asia,  were the driving force behind the introduction of  East Asian Studies in the UAB. Nowadays there are up to 35 professors and researchers (PDI) dedicated partially or exclusively to East Asian Studies at the UAB.

Degree courses

In 2001, the Institute of International and Intercultural Studies first offered a UAB-specific Graduate Diploma  in International and Intercultural Studies (Graduado Superior en Estudios Internacionales)  which allowed students to specialise in the field of East Asian Studies. Two years later,  in collaboration with the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting  offered a second-cycle Degree in East Asian Studies (Licenciatura en Estudios de Asia Oriental),  recognised by the Spanish Ministry of Education. Since 2009, the Faculty has been offering a  four-year European (EHEA) Degree in East Asian Studies (Grado en Estudios de Asia Oriental )In addition to this, since 2006-2007 the university offers a Master in Contemporary East Asian Research, which is as today a 50ECTS specialization of the Master in Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies. There UAB also offers since 2012 the Master in EU-China Relations: Culture and Economy. Finally, the PhD programme in Translation and Intercultural Studies, offered since 2007, holds East Asian studies reasearch lines in high regard. To sum up, the UAB is the only university in Spain that includes a degree, a master programme and a PhD on East Asian Studies.


East Asian Studies are multi-disciplinary by definition. They comprise  several disciplines from within the Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as the study of languages. Courses in Chinese, Japanese and Korean form an integral part of the East Asian Studies programme in the UAB -  one of the few universities in Spain to provide tuition in all three languages.

The UAB is also part of the Barcelona Confucius Institute, and from time to time works together with the Japan Fundation and Taiwan's Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation.

 The aim of this web-site  is to facilitate access  to information about courses (undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral); research; teaching and research staff; publications; resources; scholarships and inter-institutional agreements; news; and events relating to East Asia in the UAB.





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