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    I've taken a look at the website and their offers are very low across the board. Is the Chinese course popular at all, and if so how stiff is the competition? Any figures on no. applicants accepted?

    This is quite crazy but I was thinking of applying for PPE at Oxford and Chinese at SOAS, and so was wondering how much emphasis they would place on my personal statement? I mean if I spent a paragraph on how Chinese politics/economics interests me and how I would look to study Chinese at university (for example this could be interpreted as me wanting study Chinese alongside PPE at Oxford, whereas really I would be directing it at SOAS), would Oxford/SOAS sniff a rat and automatically reject me? For the rest of my UCAS I'm involved in various Chinese-related extracurriculars and I've written two papers on Oriental-related topics, and have been learning Chinese and Japanese at school (for GCSE.. both of which I've now given up for the time being), and my predicted grades are strong, definitely strong enough for SOAS.

    So basically my question is - how desperate are SOAS to get applicants for Chinese with high grades, if at all?
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    Japanese is the most popular of the East Asian Languages, followed by Chinese and Korean. In terms of Japanese - the statistical odds are 1:10 - so the competitiveness for Chinese is somewhat less. However, if you have straight A grades and a decent personal statement, it is pretty likely you will get an offer. I have only seen one rejection from SOAS on this forum, and that was for the much more competitive subject of Law.
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    Easier than it should be.
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    (Original post by an Siarach)
    Easier than it should be.
    Exactly, especially since its Japanese program is one "of the largest Japanese study programmes in the world".
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    Well the reason it's easier than it should be is demand isn't as great for Chinese and Japanese as it is for subjects like PPE, Law etc..
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    True、but it's still difficult to enter for Japanese/Chinese at Oxbridge, where the course is at a similar level, since it is more competitive, although one would imagine SOAS to be equally as competitive in terms of the number of exceptional students, although this is not the case, especially as the demand is only BBC/BCC.
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    grades are popularity based, not quality based. look @ leeds, pretty **** uni (academically) IMO and yet abb/aab offers...
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    Leeds is *very* good for Chinese.
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    (Original post by Eien)
    True、but it's still difficult to enter for Japanese/Chinese at Oxbridge, where the course is at a similar level, since it is more competitive, although one would imagine SOAS to be equally as competitive in terms of the number of exceptional students, although this is not the case, especially as the demand is only BBC/BCC.
    The Oxbridge course is a bit crap, I guess the reason they have such high offers is because they can offer the Oxbridge name + 'experience'. Fairly easy way to get into Oxbridge I think if you're not willing to put too much effort into applying to uni.
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    i meant more in terms of rep etc i suppose ! languages generally have lower grades because their less popular dont they, that was the point i intended to make. grades are based on popularity not quality, because oxford has such a good general rep and is v.popular it can ask for top grades - does not necesarily dictate a better course.
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    Ohhhh I see. Yeah I agree with that.
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    This is quite crazy but I was thinking of applying for PPE at Oxford and Chinese at SOAS, and so was wondering how much emphasis they would place on my personal statement?
    My PS was mainly aimed at economic courses but i pitched it so that it was also abot my interest in the economic state of china. However I was applying for the Econ & chinese course in SOAS. But maybe you could refer to your interest in the political and economic state of china as a supplement to your PS?
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    (Original post by FallenRain)
    My PS was mainly aimed at economic courses but i pitched it so that it was also abot my interest in the economic state of china. However I was applying for the Econ & chinese course in SOAS. But maybe you could refer to your interest in the political and economic state of china as a supplement to your PS?
    Any chance you could PM your PS so I can take a look how you managed that? If not no worries - I'm applying next year by the way.

    Also did you get in to the course in the end? What is the Econ & Chinese course like - good reputation? I guess it focuses on development economics? Would you be fluent in Chinese by the end of it?
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    Yup got an an offer for the course - BBB - which is going to be my insurance choice.

    What is the Econ & Chinese course like - good reputation?
    SOAS has a really good reputation for East Asian studies and the course itself specialises in economics in china which is different to many other economic courses offered by other unis.

    I guess it focuses on development economics?
    Not necessarily as there is a separate 'development economic' course offered by SOAS. Have a look at their website for more details on course structure.

    Would you be fluent in Chinese by the end of it?
    Well not sure about being fluent!...but you do get to spend a year in china as part of the 'floater yr.' One major point is that they tend to prefer a complete novice. SOAS even sent me an email asking about how much mandarin chinese i know (I'm cantonese).
 
 
 
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