hi there, I'm thinking about applying for chinese but I am worried at how hard it will be
I would say that I am bright and hardworking but I don't know whether I want to do a degree that is going to involve me having to stay in every night manically revising... has anyone got any experiences they would like to share with me?
The thing that is most appealing to me is the year abroad; I like the travel and I have always been interested in china and chinese culture, spending a year abroad like that just seems like an opportunity that would only arise once in a lifetime.
Also I know the oxbridge deadline is before everywhere else but will I have to apply everywhere else at the same time? (sorry if this is a stupid question, I am very unfamiliar with the workings of ucas)
I'm thinking about applying to; Nottingham, Manchester and Oxford (might as well try lol) but I would really like to go somewhere in London, I know SOAS do chinese but is there anywhere else?
cheers if you actually took the time to read this
I'll also be applying for a Chinese degree, but with German.
Yes, the difficulty of the language is quite worrying and daunting, but if you enjoy something, then you'll be putting the effort in. From what I gather, the grammar isn't too difficult in Madarin, and I always find that to be the most boring aspect of learning a language. The rest of it should be enjoyable if you're applying for a degree in it. I know I'm looking forward to it.
I've asked the same question a couple of times on here aswell, so if you search something like "mandarin/difficulty" they should come up. The general opinion seems to be that it's not as difficult as the hype makes it to be, but it is still challenging - a certain amount more so than a romance language.
I know for certain that Nottingham, Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds offer Madarin, as they're the ones I'll be applying to. Also Cambridge, Oxford, SOAS and I think Glasgow, Ediburgh, Portsmouth, Southampton - but I'm not sure on those.
Have a look on the UCAS course search - try a couple of difficult search words though - sometimes Chinese/ Mandarin/ Oriental Studies come up with different courses.