East Asian Studies provides students with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the East Asian region, with a focus on China and Japan, through studying its cultures, histories, societies, economics and politics. Students will gain a critical appreciation of the complex contemporary realities in East Asian countries as well as the changing position of these countries in an ever-changing international context. Students in the programme will spend a year as exchange students in universities in Japan, China, South Korea, Singapore or universities in other countries offering East Asian Studies courses. For the year abroad, students may be able to spend their time in two different countries (one country in the first semester, another in the second).
- East Asian Studies is offered as Single Honours. The degree is four years in length.
- Courses are taught in English, although the degree is open to students who already have proficiency in one or more East Asian languages.
- Students have the option of studying Chinese, Korean or Japanese language, or Chinese or Japanese Studies as a Minor.
- Students can tailor their degree to suit their interests and professional ambitions from the second year on, choosing from a wide range of courses on topics including language, contemporary art, literature, religion and media, popular culture, business, anthropology, history, economics and politics.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this undergraduate programme: Applicants completing the INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester international foundation programme are required to achieve ABB in academic subjects and grade B in the EAP with writing and speaking grade B and listening and reading grade C. Applicants completing the NCUK International Foundation year are required to achieve ABB in academic subjects and grade B in the EAP with writing and speaking grade B and listening and reading grade C. Please read this in conjunction with our A-level requirements, noting any pre-requisite subjects.
Additional entry requirements
You will be invited to an interview prior to an offer being made for this course. Your interview will form part of a visit day, during which you can sample aspects of your chosen course, meet with academics staff, and hear from current students. Your interview will offer you the opportunity to explain your interests and qualifications, and how your chosen course fits with your motivations and study experience.
English language requirements
All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency. The minimum English Language requirement for this course is: GCSE/iGCSE English Language grade C/4. An acceptable equivalent qualification. Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic School for clarification. The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'. Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level.
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