Standards of Decision-Making Across Cultures is part of the Elite Network of Bavaria.

The programme can only be started in the winter term. The next application deadline is July, 15th, 2018 to start in October 2018.

Study Program

Standards of Decision-Making Across Cultures (SDAC) is an interdisciplinary study program that allows the students to acquire profound academic and methodological knowledge, as well as additional key skills regarding decision-making processes in East Asia. The MA degree program requires a BA degree of variable disciplinary orientation. Students may choose their academic focus (linguistic-cultural, comparative-philosophical, cultural-religious) by selecting accordingly from the courses offered at the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg as well as the ECCS in Beijing. During their obligatory stay at the European Centre for Chinese Studies (ECCS) in Beijing, students will be given the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge to both academic and everyday situations in China.

The programme is organized into four semesters. Students must acquire a total of 120 ECTS credit points. The Master’s thesis is due at the end of the fourth semester. The study plan includes lectures (including the IKGF lecture series), seminars and tutorials. All courses are held in English.

For a detailed description please refer to the catalogue of modules and modules and examinations.


Master´s Degree (Master of Arts)
The specific expertise opens job perspectives for the graduate in professions concerned with culture, politics, and business, as well as in interculturally work environments where the aforementioned fields of study intersect. Graduates will be capable to take a culturally sensitive and discerning stance when participating in real-world decision-making, both in an international and specifically Asian-European context. Their skills and expertise to operate in an international environment qualify them for leadership positions.

Students are required to spend their third semester at Beijing University (European Centre for Chinese Studies (ECCS) as no environment suits the purpose of learning Chinese as a foreign language better than China. Teaching is carried out by experienced language instructors who teach their classes almost entirely in Chinese and encourage students to speak, read and write from the very beginning of their stay.

As one of China’s most prestigious universities, Beijing University is home to a great variety of study subjects and research fields. This is reflected in the teaching provided by the respective institutions on campus. Although most classes are not accessible for exchange students, the ECCS will prepare a list of classes for every term. It will comprise a variety of courses with different subjects (mainly in English and mainly from the fields of humanities and social sciences) for students to choose from. During their stay at the European Centre for Chinese Studies (ECCS) in Beijing, graduates learn to apply their theoretical knowledge from the first phase of the degree program to academic and everyday situations in China.For more information on how to plan your abroad semester in Beijing, please click here

Students shall acquire profound academic and methodological knowledge, as well as additional key skills regarding decision-making processes in East Asia. Over the course of the degree program, students receive profound insights into the processes of decision-making, e.g. in entrepreneurial, political, and cultural situations (rational choice theories in particular). They will develop a new cross-cultural perspective on decision-making processes, utilize their knowledge in an interdisciplinary context, learn to approach research questions from an academic perspective and to cultivate their independent thinking. These qualities will eventually enable them to delicately deal with intracultural and cross-cultural decision-making processes.

The acquired knowledge from the fields of sinology, history, philosophy, religious studies, economics, social and cultural anthropology, and the history of science will enable them to gain skills in the fields of communication and critical thinking, as well as to work in an independent, solution-oriented, critical, analytical, and application-oriented manner in various professional circumstances requiring expertise from humanities, area studies, and social sciences.

As an extension of his course, Prof. Dr. Smith encourages his students to attend a short series of ethnographic films that he will be screening this semester with the help of the IKGF. The series is going to begin this Thursday at 18h15 in the IKGF's "small" seminar room. This week, he will be provi...

The International Consortium for Research in the Humanities "Fate, Freedom and Prognostication. Strategies for Coping with the Future in East Asia and Europe" of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg is delighted to announce its series of lectures to be held on Tuesday evenings durin...

Program Coordinator

Anna Schneider, M.A.

  • Job title: Elite Master Program "Standards of Decision-Making Across Cultures"
  • Organization: Institute for Near Eastern and East Asian Languages and Civilizations
  • Working group: Chair of Chinese Studies (Prof. Dr. Lackner)
  • Address:
    Hartmannstr. 14, Gebäude 71.12
    Room 00.036
    91052 Erlangen
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85 64366
  • Fax number: +49 9131 85 64360
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  • Office hours: Weekly 10:00 - 12:00, from Monday to Thursday, Please make an appointment prior to your visit