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Okay, I'm sort of posting this in desperation because I know only two other people (both in my Mandarin class) who are applying for Chinese Studies, and suddenly this seems like the most obscure degree possible to do short of applying for Dance at London Met (it exists).

So. Chinese Studies or Chinese language applicants out there, show yourselves and discuss what you've all been up to.

(sorry if this is in the wrong place, btw)
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If you really, really want to study Chinese then you should go to a chinese university to do it and immerse yourself in the whole thing. The educational system is totally different and for me, I couldn't hack it and left after a short while. I was a (very) mature student and the pressure is intense. There were people in their 20's who stuck at it and did well. It IS the best way to learn mandarin, and it will be useful because so many others just comfortably learn it in their own country. The whole experience challenges you and gives you more confidence at being able to survive on your own in a foreign country which is invaluable for your self esteem. It was quite a few years since I did this so I may be totally out of date now but I cannot see things changing that quickly in the Chinese educational system. Good luck. If it is any consolation, I think learning English is more difficult than Chinese unless you live in an English speaking country.
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If you really, really want to study Chinese then you should go to a chinese university to do it and immerse yourself in the whole thing. The educational system is totally different and for me, I couldn't hack it and left after a short while. I was a (very) mature student and the pressure is intense. There were people in their 20's who stuck at it and did well. It IS the best way to learn mandarin, and it will be useful because so many others just comfortably learn it in their own country. The whole experience challenges you and gives you more confidence at being able to survive on your own in a foreign country which is invaluable for your self esteem. It was quite a few years since I did this so I may be totally out of date now but I cannot see things changing that quickly in the Chinese educational system. Good luck. If it is any consolation, I think learning English is more difficult than Chinese unless you live in an English speaking country.
Fair enough.

I'm desperate to stay in the UK though, I have a girlfriend here who I couldn't leave behind and I'm in the 7th year of learning Chinese, so my ability is okay.

I understand the lure of Chinese Universities though, but the entire Chinese educational system, from the early ages right up to the Gaokao is insanely pressurising. I think there's more than a few decent unis (especially SOAS, where I want to go) that provide a decent education. SOAS is basically dedicated to it.

I've been to China a few times before, and each time my mandarin has improved considerably. The last time, which was just a couple of weeks ago, I was just starting to be able to get by on my own, helping the pool attendants speak english or just working our way around.

Did you complete a degree in Chinese/Studies?
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Fair enough.

I'm desperate to stay in the UK though, I have a girlfriend here who I couldn't leave behind and I'm in the 7th year of learning Chinese, so my ability is okay.

I understand the lure of Chinese Universities though, but the entire Chinese educational system, from the early ages right up to the Gaokao is insanely pressurising. I think there's more than a few decent unis (especially SOAS, where I want to go) that provide a decent education. SOAS is basically dedicated to it.

I've been to China a few times before, and each time my mandarin has improved considerably. The last time, which was just a couple of weeks ago, I was just starting to be able to get by on my own, helping the pool attendants speak english or just working our way around.

Did you complete a degree in Chinese/Studies?
I study Japanese at SOAS (did a year of Chinese at Leeds though) and have friends who study Chinese here and just want to say that it's an awesome place are you applying for 2015 entry??
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I'm looking to do chinese studies next year. I've applied to a few places after looking at what they offer and comparing as some unis do the year abroad earlier on in the course. I'm mainly looking to go to the uni of manchester or hull as a back up. I've been learning it for 7ish years aswell now so I can't wait to do it at uni, I didn't think it would be that popular! Is anyone looking at chinese studies at Manchester uni?
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I study Japanese at SOAS (did a year of Chinese at Leeds though) and have friends who study Chinese here and just want to say that it's an awesome place are you applying for 2015 entry??
yup. I heard that they have hammocks around exam time to relax in… is that true?


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I'm looking to do chinese studies next year. I've applied to a few places after looking at what they offer and comparing as some unis do the year abroad earlier on in the course. I'm mainly looking to go to the uni of manchester or hull as a back up. I've been learning it for 7ish years aswell now so I can't wait to do it at uni, I didn't think it would be that popular! Is anyone looking at chinese studies at Manchester uni?
I don't really think it is; it's quite a niche subject :')

I didn't know Manchester did it… Where else are you applying?
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yup. I heard that they have hammocks around exam time to relax in… is that true?




I don't really think it is; it's quite a niche subject :')

I didn't know Manchester did it… Where else are you applying?
Yeah manchester look really good, I've also applied to hull, Leeds, Durham and birmingham but manchester and hull are the ones I'm mainly looking to go and already got conditional offers! Are you looking to do chinese studies too then?
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yup. I heard that they have hammocks around exam time to relax in… is that true?
Ye I think so - I've never checked but I have reliable sources who say they exist :P
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Yeah manchester look really good, I've also applied to hull, Leeds, Durham and birmingham but manchester and hull are the ones I'm mainly looking to go and already got conditional offers! Are you looking to do chinese studies too then?
yup.

SOAS
Nottingham
Leeds
Sheffield
Durham

in that order
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No, as I said, I couldn't hack it and did not continue with the course. I went to Beijing to live with someone who I eventually married. Going abroad to study Chinese does not suit everyone. It is pretty scary but since my life was falling apart at the time I thought I had nothing to lose. Good luck.
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Hi~ I'm 2015-16 entry and I'm applying for Chinese modern and classical with Tibetan at SOAS

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Hi~ I'm 2015-16 entry and I'm applying for Chinese modern and classical with Tibetan at SOAS

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Ahh that's awesome! I'm hoping to be allowed to take the Tibetan class next year (my 2nd) So we might be in the same class
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That would be super cool haha... I don't actually know that much about Tibet but I really want to study it

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