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    Hello my sister wants to study japanese in uni. What a-level does she need? It says on university websites that you start from basics so you do not need to know basic japanese even. Can she do any a-level and do japanese and then another degree in the job she wants to have if she wants to live in japan? She doesn't want to be an english teacher in japan so she wants to know japanese to be able to go to uni in japan and get a good job.

    I have already looked at which universities you can do japanese however it doesn't say anything about a-level.
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    If she doesn't study japanese at A-level it would be a good idea her her to do at least one modern language at A-level, English might be useful as well, the others can be her choice, preferably subjects she is likely to enjoy and do well in.

    If she wants to work in Japan can she not do a degree in something she wants to do and learn Japanese anyway? University japanese is likely to be mostly examination of japanese literature, rather than conversational japanese. Doing two degrees is extremely expensive and would take a long time.
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    (Original post by Maria1812)
    Hello my sister wants to study japanese in uni. What a-levels does she need? It says on university websites that you start from basics so you do not need to know basic japanese even. Can she do any a-levels and do japanese and then another degree in the job she wants to have if she wants to live in japan? She doesn't want to be an english teacher in japan so she wants to know japanese to be able to go to uni in japan and get a good job.

    I have already looked at which universities you can do japanese however it doesn't say anything about a-level.
    You don't need to do a degree in Japan after taking a degree in Japanese over here. All of the university websites should mention A-Levels, so you can't have looked very far. The universities which offer Japanese as a degree include Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Sheffield and SOAS. All of these degrees are four years long, and include a year abroad at a Japanese university. You should be almost fluent after your degree, so there is no need to take a degree in Japan afterwards even if you want to work there. I am studying AS Japanese but you don't need any prior knowledge to do a degree in the subject.

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    (Original post by Edminzodo)
    You don't need to do a degree in Japan after taking a degree in Japanese over here. All of the university websites should mention A-Levels, so you can't have looked very far. The universities which offer Japanese as a degree include Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Sheffield and SOAS. All of these degrees are four years long, and include a year abroad at a Japanese university. You should be almost fluent after your degree, so there is no need to take a degree in Japan afterwards even if you want to work there. I am studying AS Japanese but you don't need any prior knowledge to do a degree in the subject.

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    well she wants to do a degree in japan afterwards so she can study a subject that will be ble to get her a degree in soemthign else so she will eb able to get a job and she wants to do it in a japanese university
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    Personally I would choose English Language (I guess you learn about how the language works so that might be helpful) and a modern foreign language. The rest, whatever she likes
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    (Original post by Maria1812)
    well she wants to do a degree in japan afterwards so she can study a subject that will be ble to get her a degree in soemthign else so she will eb able to get a job and she wants to do it in a japanese university
    OK, to start with you don't need a degree in Japanese to speak the language. A large part of the degree would be studying literature/history/etc.

    You can get a job with a degree in Japanese. You don't need to respecialise by doing another undergraduate degree. A master's degree would probably be helpful for finding a job though.

    If she really wants to study in a japanese university, there are several degrees taught in English there. Waseda university definitely offers some in various subjects, and http://www.oia.hokudai.ac.jp/prospec...ies-program-2/ might be of interest too. There are others which she can research herself.

    In general however I don't think it's particularly easy for inexperienced graduates to find 'good' jobs in japan that don't involve English, and the corporate culture there isn't known for being that supportive of women. It's best to think carefully before you decide that you're going to work in Japan.
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    Definitely take into account the views above. You can absolutely successfully start from scratch with a Japanese degree in the UK (as do most people!). Having an essay-based or Language subject at A-level might make it a little less of a leap, but there's no reason why you can't be a successful applicant even if you don't.

    I would probably disagree with this though:
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    University japanese is likely to be mostly examination of japanese literature, rather than conversational japanese.
    I'm currently in my second year of doing Japanese at Oxford (Year abroad, woohoo!) and a very large chunk of the course is conversational, real world Japanese. Of course there is a history/cultural part to the course as well- but because the language course is so intense (and a lot of fun actually!) conversation should not be a worry. Hope this is of some help to your sister!
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    (Original post by theresheglows)
    If she doesn't study japanese at A-level it would be a good idea her her to do at least one modern language at A-level, English might be useful as well, the others can be her choice, preferably subjects she is likely to enjoy and do well in.

    If she wants to work in Japan can she not do a degree in something she wants to do and learn Japanese anyway? University japanese is likely to be mostly examination of japanese literature, rather than conversational japanese. Doing two degrees is extremely expensive and would take a long time.
    I agree.
 
 
 
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