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What will I learn?

The Department of Southeast Asian Studies is a department under the Asian Studies Division of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. As a department located in a university which has some of the best expertise and resources in the field of Southeast Asian Studies, we offer unique advantages to those who are interested in studying the region. Our location within the region also enables us to develop distinctive programmes that maximise our proximity to other Southeast Asian countries for our undergraduate and graduate research and curricula.

Our department aims to offer a truly inter-disciplinary approach which draws on different disciplinary perspectives and methodologies from the humanities and social sciences. We emphasise inter-disciplinary learning that is thoroughly informed by local experience and knowledge; this is accompanied by a fluency in a Southeast Asian language (currently, Bahasa Indonesia, Malay, Thai and Vietnamese). We offer BA, BA (Hons), MA by coursework, MA by research and PhD degrees. The Department of Southeast Asian Studies offers an ideal alternative to students who find conventional approaches unsatisfactory or who prefer a more subject-oriented curriculum.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the department are employed in a wide variety of jobs in the private and public sectors. They have an advantage in cases where a job requires familiarity with Southeast Asia, and in particular, an ability to communicate in a Southeast Asian language. Local and multinational corporations based in Singapore with interests in Southeast Asia find that the department’s graduates are able to function effectively in the region.

Southeast Asian Studies graduates have built successful and exciting careers in a wide range of areas including statutory boards and government ministries, business and tourism, journalism and other media, teaching, research, and academia, public relations, finances and market research, museums, cultural centres, arts festivals, arts councils, diplomatic work, and international organizations (e.g. aid agencies, NGOs and philanthropic foundations).

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
SG$17,550.00 (9,90,966) per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The Shaw Foundation Building, Block AS7, Level 5,

5 Arts Link,

117570, Singapore

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants should have completed a good pass in at least 3 ‘Advanced’ Level subjects is required for candidates to submit an application. Many applicants submit good passes for 4 or more ‘Advanced’ Level subjects for our consideration. English Language Requirements: EL1119 minimum acceptable score C6; IELTS - 6.5 overall with 6.5 in Reading and Writing components; MUET-200; TOEFL - 580 for paper-based / 92-93 for internet-based.

For international students

Students with good results in GCE ‘A’ Levels and a keen interest in Southeast Asia. Applicants should have completed a high school.

English Language Requirement: Applicants may present any of the following to fulfill the English Language requirement: IELTS - 6.5 overall with 6.5 in Reading and Writing components; MUET – 200; TOEFL - 580 for paper-based / 92-93 for internet-based; EL1119 - C6.


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