In Kent’s School of European Culture and Languages (SECL), you benefit from the wide range of expertise and the interdisciplinary culture within the School.
Asian Studies at Kent takes a multidisciplinary approach. The broad range of topics and methodologies draws on the humanities and social sciences and develops your understanding of Asian cultures, both historically and today.
Studying French, you'll develop advanced linguistic skills in a major international language, as well as a deep understanding of the cultures, histories and structures of French-speaking nations worldwide. Canterbury is the closest British university campus to mainland Europe. Our proximity to the Channel ports and Eurostar stations at Ashford, Ebbsfleet, and London means you can be in Paris, Lille or Brussels in just a couple of hours.
Our degree programme
In your first year of study, you are introduced to the philosophical, religious and cultural traditions of East Asia. You also engage with the study of French language and culture and have the opportunity to gain both written and spoken competency in an Asian language.
During all stages of your studies you may choose specialist modules that suit your interest. Our broad range of modules includes topics like East Asian politics, Japanese culture, French literature and cinema as well as modern French culture.
In your final year of study, there is an option to take a dissertation module on a subject of your choice. This allows you to focus in detail on an area you are particularly passionate about.
You are required to spend a year working or studying abroad between your second and final year of study. In previous years, students have studied at our partner institutions in a country appropriate to their programme of study.
You’ll develop your language skills, grow in self-confidence, gain a new academic perspective, and enhance your employability.
Through Kent’s Templeman Library, you have access to a wide range of topical journals and books in hard copy and digital format. We also have state-of-the art computing and audio-visual facilities that support language learning.
Your designated academic advisor provides guidance for your studies and academic development. Our Student Learning Advisory Service offers useful workshops on topics like essay writing and academic referencing.
You may want to join one of the many student-led societies at Kent, including:
Chinese Society Hong Kong Society Japan Society French Society Modern Languages Society
We also host the Centre for Modern European Literature, which runs a programme of seminars, lectures and reading groups open to students.
Teaching for all the non-language modules is through a combination of lectures and seminars. Assessment is by coursework (essays and presentations) and written examination.
Language assessment is through a combination of coursework (essays, presentations, projects, translations), unseen written examinations, oral examinations, dissertation, extended essay, and computer-assisted language learning tests.
In addition, independent study is enhanced by the final-year dissertation option, which enables students to pursue a topic in greater depth, linking the different pathways of the degree programme.
Knowledge and understanding
For programme aims and learning outcomes, please see the programmes specification for each subject below. Please note that outcomes will depend on your specific module selection:
- Asian Studies (joint honours)
- French (joint honours)