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    Hi everyone,
    I went to the Sheffield Applicant Day last week, and was really impressed with the open day.
    I'm going to the SOAS open day tomorrow, and don't really know how to compare the two courses? Somebody at Sheffield told me they know someone who transferred from SOAS, and were told the number of kanji they had to learn weekly at SOAS was a crazy amount (roughly double that of Sheffield).
    I can look at the different modules they offer, but other than that, I don't know what to look for in terms of the course!

    What I'm also not sure on is both universities say you should be around N1 level by the time you graduate. Not that I'm worried of doing hard work, but why do a degree at SOAS, which may set huge amounts of work in one go, if both universities provide the same level of proficiency (so they claim)?

    I really am torn between the two universities right now. SOAS is a specialist school for something like Japanese, and I've always loved the idea of studying in London. But I hear quite a lot of negative (tutor support? admin, clashing of lessons, the people, how political it is), and the positives I usually hear are people loving their course (but no reasons why) and again, some people.

    Sheffield seems like the safer bet, but I'm still drawn to the idea of studying at SOAS/in London, so I appreciate as much help as possible!
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    I went to the same SOAS insight day as you! I'm also choosing between the same universities. My gut feeling is to go with Sheffield because it's going to be cheaper to live there and plus I think I love the idea of living in London more than the uni itself. SOAS seems like a great uni but, like you said, Sheffield seems a safer bet. I also met a few graduates at Sheffield last year and I spoke to them. There language skills were excellent Sorry I'm not exactly giving any help, it's just I'm in the same kind of boat as you. Good luck!
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    (Original post by KnitwearJunkie)
    I went to the same SOAS insight day as you! I'm also choosing between the same universities. My gut feeling is to go with Sheffield because it's going to be cheaper to live there and plus I think I love the idea of living in London more than the uni itself. SOAS seems like a great uni but, like you said, Sheffield seems a safer bet. I also met a few graduates at Sheffield last year and I spoke to them. There language skills were excellent Sorry I'm not exactly giving any help, it's just I'm in the same kind of boat as you. Good luck!
    Hi!

    I've realised that's my situation. If the open day at SOAS was anything like Sheffield, I'd have no doubt in my mind over choosing SOAS. But I've said in another thread (not sure if you've seen) that I thought the SOAS open day was a mess. For an 'in depth' open day, I expect to see students of Japanese. Just like the open day in February, I didn't see a single one. Whereas Sheffield got 4 final year students and 2 first year students of Japanese for a Q&A, SOAS had a general Q&A with a mix of students. They said why people should choose to go to Sheffield, whereas Alan apparently spoke about his favourite Japanese poems. And at SOAS it just seems like they bundle it with Korea.

    But at the same time, I'm speaking to a current student who tells me it's brilliant. And I'm telling myself it was just bad organisation that doesn't reflect the department.

    But, I like the idea of studying marketing related modules at SOAS, which I wouldn't be able to do at Sheffield. And I had a little walk around Sheffield and Meadowhall, and while it's a nice city, it didn't excite me like London does. If SOAS rejected my application, then I'd like the idea of living in Sheffield. But because I have that option, it's making deciding so much harder. And this may sound silly, but I'm not a huge fan of clubbing regularly. I think this would be more expected at Sheffield because there's all kinds of students who can afford to go out all the time without it affecting their uni work, and it's more of a traditional uni. But at SOAS, I don't think as many people will be as focused on that kind of thing. That's not to say I don't want a social life, just I want one that doesn't involved getting hammered every week

    Aha, no, I'm glad to get a reply to this thread! What did you think of the SOAS open day?
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    That was the first time I went SOAS on Monday so I didn't know what to expect, but I was hoping for more than they were offering. I was actually late to the Japan and Korea talk so I missed the whole of the Japanese part and was stood at the door for the Korean. Did you go to the Japanese taster session? That wasn't planned very well. I also went to the Economics talk and the guy just talked about economics in general - nothing about the actual course. I feel like that insight day put me off slightly and now Sheffield has the edge.
    I'm slightly biased in favour of Sheffield anyway because I train there and am in the city five times a week and going to the uni would mean I wouldn't have to find a new place to train I don't think any city in England can compare to the bustle of London life. I know what you mean, I wasn't expecting SOAS to give me an offer and when they did it was both fantastic and terrible, haha. I'm not a clubber at all either but I know that Sheffield does hold a fair few social gatherings that don't require becoming bladdered :P Have you looked in the accommodation? I heard that Endcliffe and Ranmoor are for those who want the whole student/social experience, whereas Opal is more reserved.
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    (Original post by KnitwearJunkie)
    That was the first time I went SOAS on Monday so I didn't know what to expect, but I was hoping for more than they were offering. I was actually late to the Japan and Korea talk so I missed the whole of the Japanese part and was stood at the door for the Korean. Did you go to the Japanese taster session? That wasn't planned very well. I also went to the Economics talk and the guy just talked about economics in general - nothing about the actual course. I feel like that insight day put me off slightly and now Sheffield has the edge.
    I'm slightly biased in favour of Sheffield anyway because I train there and am in the city five times a week and going to the uni would mean I wouldn't have to find a new place to train I don't think any city in England can compare to the bustle of London life. I know what you mean, I wasn't expecting SOAS to give me an offer and when they did it was both fantastic and terrible, haha. I'm not a clubber at all either but I know that Sheffield does hold a fair few social gatherings that don't require becoming bladdered :P Have you looked in the accommodation? I heard that Endcliffe and Ranmoor are for those who want the whole student/social experience, whereas Opal is more reserved.
    I was late to the Japan and Korea talk too I got there around 12 and was stood by the door for 10 minutes. I sat down, realised the rest was going to be about Korea, and left.

    SOAS was the one I was most worried about in terms of getting an offer, but it seems plenty of people have had an offer xD

    I was going to see the student accommodation offered by Sheffield, but decided to look around the city instead. It's just too expensive. If I go to Sheffield, I'd most likely be staying in iQ Brocco for £4100 a year. Endcliffe looks lovely though, so I am disappointed at the price. But I'd be saving an extra £600 or so, which would come in very useful!

    I had a look at Opal 3 too. The building seems nicer and so does the common room, so I may stay there for around £4300 if I go to Sheffield.

    It's just bugging me making a decision now though, because nothing else will change between now and the decision date!
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    Awh, we might have met if you stayed a bit longer for me to join you at the door!
    Wouldn't London accommodation be a lot more expensive than Sheffield? That was one of my main concerns about London - the price of living just rockets.
    I think I'm going to firm Sheffield, after going through both of them. Let me know which you pick in the end!
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    (Original post by KnitwearJunkie)
    Awh, we might have met if you stayed a bit longer for me to join you at the door!
    Wouldn't London accommodation be a lot more expensive than Sheffield? That was one of my main concerns about London - the price of living just rockets.
    I think I'm going to firm Sheffield, after going through both of them. Let me know which you pick in the end!
    Aha, I know! xD

    Definitely, but that's why the loan is higher. I know I'll be in more debt, but it's an experience I'll never have again.

    I think I'm edging towards London after looking at both courses. I thought the SOAS course was worse than it actually is, but I like the look of it after looking closer at both. But I'll let you know, and I may see you in September!
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    That's true, unless you do your year abroad in Tokyo because it sure is a lot more hectic there. :P
    I noticed that SOAS doesn't have a partnership with the University of Kyoto, which is where I would love to do my year abroad, whereas Sheffield does. :/
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    (Original post by KnitwearJunkie)
    That's true, unless you do your year abroad in Tokyo because it sure is a lot more hectic there. :P
    I noticed that SOAS doesn't have a partnership with the University of Kyoto, which is where I would love to do my year abroad, whereas Sheffield does. :/
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    Aha, very true I'll probably stay away from Tokyo though for the year abroad, as much as I would love to go!

    SOAS lists their partner universities, Kyoto is one of them ^_^

    http://www.soas.ac.uk/add/qualityass...ps/yearabroad/

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    My grandma won't let me go to Tokyo, haha.

    They have universities in Kyoto but not the University of Kyoto - their partnerships are mainly with private uni's.
 
 
 
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