Career opportunities

South Asian Culture and Society qualifies you for positions that require in-depth language, cultural and area knowledge in this region. It may be within public administration, international businesses or humanitarian organizations. For example in the ministries, within diplomacy, foreign affairs, other countries' embassies and consulates, or with teaching, cultural and consultancy services.

Former students at work

  • ollieuz-annelies-200x235 Rapid Response Team member

    “If you want to be work in the field of emergency aid you should acquire an internship and learn an extra language in addition to English,” recommends Annelies Ollieuz, who coordinates education on emergency situations for the Norwegian Refugee Council/UNICEF.

  • olaisen-harriet-200x376 Owner and founder

    “I acquired an invaluable network through my exchange visit to India when I was studying for my Master’s degree in South Asian Culture and Society. Without that I would not have been able to set up my own company,” says Harriet Olaisen, the owner and founder of HOI by Cottage Wool.

Most relevant industries

Master’s graduates from Asia and Middle East Studies work in these industries:

The graph: Public administration 37 %; Education and school system 17 %; Special interest groups and NGOs 10 %; Business 10 %; Sales, hotel and restaurant 7 %; Judiciary and police 3 %; Defence and The armed forces 3 %; Other industries 12 %. Source: UiO Candidate Survey 2018.

The term Business* covers the following industries: IT, ICT, internet and telecom, Banking, finance and insurance, Consulting and business services and Oil, energy, power and gas.

Start developing your career

In the third semester you can choose to have an intership in a relevant organisation or company as part of your degree. You can also write your master's thesis in cooperation with an external partner. Through this you can get valuable contacts and network that can be useful when you apply for a job after graduation. You can also prepare for working life along the way by participating in career fairs, job search and interview workshops, and career counseling offered to students.

Further studies

Read more about reserarch training at the Faculty of Humanities