China has become one of the world's largest economies, and plays an increasingly pivotal role on the world stage. This degree will allow you to become proficient in Chinese - a major world language - as well as gaining an insight into life in China and the broader Asia Pacific region.
You will combine intensive language study with area studies, so you can build your awareness of the politics, history and culture of this huge and diverse region. You'll also spend a year studying at one of our partner universities, so you gain first-hand experience of life in China.
Core modules will build your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and introduce you to key issues in the study of Chinese society, while you can also select from optional modules to explore the wider Asia Pacific region, covering topics from Japanese literature to Korean politics and Thai history.
Leeds has excellent library facilities for Asia Pacific Studies, and the University Library runs a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.
With over fifty years of acquisitions, the Chinese collection housed in the beautiful Brotherton Library is one of the best collections of modern Chinese books in the country. The University Library also has impressive holdings of books in English about China, backed up by a wide range of digital materials.
For language study, you'll have access to our fully equipped Language Centre, with digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).
What's more, there's our Interpreter Training Suites where you can explore a career in interpreting, as well as our Electronic Resource Information Centre which is home to specialised computing facilities for translation studies.
Your first year will involve intensive Chinese language tuition to prepare you for your year abroad, as well as introducing you to the political, social and economic landscape of the Asia Pacific region more broadly. Then you'll spend a year studying at a Chinese university, where you will be surrounded by Chinese culture and where you'll improve and sharpen your language skills.
When you return to Leeds, you'll still take language classes to refine your skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as choosing from a range of optional modules so that some focus on China specifically, while others allow you to explore the region more broadly. Japan, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam are just some of the countries you may come across.
All of this continues into your final year, when you will also work on Chinese translation and composition so you can explore your career options. You can also choose to put the research and critical skills you have developed into practice by submitting and independently researched dissertation.
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Entry requirements, fees and applying
GCSE: 4/C in a foreign language
A degree in Asia Pacific Studies and Chinese equips you with an appreciation of the cultures and communities in one of the world's most vibrant and rapidly growing regions. It also gives you command over a major world language which continues to increase in importance.
But it also equips you with a range of transferable skills: teamwork, presentation, independent research and critical thinking. You'll be able to form your own opinions from the evidence in front of you and communicate them clearly.
It's no surprise that graduates have gone into a wide range of careers. Many are working in Asia Pacific, while recent graduates have moved into careers in business, journalism, tourism publishing, diplomacy, teaching, aid work, the media, and language-specific roles in translation and interpreting.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
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Study abroad and work placements
You'll spend your second year at a partner university in China - a fantastic opportunity to surround yourself with Chinese culture, build your language skills and meet new people. For many of our students, it's the real highlight of their degree.
You can choose to study in Shanghai or Beijing in mainland China, or in Taipei, Taiwan. Either way, you'll benefit from further language classes, but you'll still have plenty of opportunities to travel and explore the region.
Read more about the Residence Abroad in East Asian Studies
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