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    Hi, I currently have offers to do Japanese at SOAS, Leeds, Sheffield and Oxford Brookes (tho brookes is only filling a space) and am waiting for a reply from Edinburgh.

    For ages I was super focused on going to SOAS because of its specialisation and the fact that I'd prefer to stay down south for uni, but I hear some worrying things about the place recently and I'm worried that I won't like going there will make me regret not going to Leeds, Sheffield or Edinburgh.

    Is there anyone who currently studies Japanese at SOAS and really enjoys studying at the uni and/or the course?? Or any students from the other 3 unis who really enjoy it there and think it would be a good idea for me to go for it...?

    I'm just feeling really conflicted right now and I don't know what to choose
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    (Original post by saengdao)
    Hi, I currently have offers to do Japanese at SOAS, Leeds, Sheffield and Oxford Brookes (tho brookes is only filling a space) and am waiting for a reply from Edinburgh.

    For ages I was super focused on going to SOAS because of its specialisation and the fact that I'd prefer to stay down south for uni, but I hear some worrying things about the place recently and I'm worried that I won't like going there will make me regret not going to Leeds, Sheffield or Edinburgh.

    Is there anyone who currently studies Japanese at SOAS and really enjoys studying at the uni and/or the course?? Or any students from the other 3 unis who really enjoy it there and think it would be a good idea for me to go for it...?

    I'm just feeling really conflicted right now and I don't know what to choose
    Hi, I will move this to the SOAS forum for you so that students can respond.

    I would suggest making threads in the other university forums asking them the same questions so that you can get all of the information you want before applying.

    Best of luck.
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    (Original post by saengdao)
    Hi, I currently have offers to do Japanese at SOAS, Leeds, Sheffield and Oxford Brookes (tho brookes is only filling a space) and am waiting for a reply from Edinburgh.

    For ages I was super focused on going to SOAS because of its specialisation and the fact that I'd prefer to stay down south for uni, but I hear some worrying things about the place recently and I'm worried that I won't like going there will make me regret not going to Leeds, Sheffield or Edinburgh.

    Is there anyone who currently studies Japanese at SOAS and really enjoys studying at the uni and/or the course?? Or any students from the other 3 unis who really enjoy it there and think it would be a good idea for me to go for it...?

    I'm just feeling really conflicted right now and I don't know what to choose
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    We're elated that you decided to apply to SOAS and even more excited that you already got an offer! Well done! I bet it was such a dream come true. :dance:

    When you're the leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and The Middle East, unfortunately, 'haters gonna hate' lol. But we take any doubts, or dislikes very serious here and as part of our continuously changing programme, where we seek feedback from industry experts, staff and students in order to make sure what we are doing and what we are teaching is relevant and beneficial for all parties, it'll be nice to hear what sort of things are you hearing about which has worried you?

    SOAS is unique in the depth and breadth of its regional specialisation and is home to the largest collection of Japan specialists outside of Japan, and the largest concentration of Korean specialists in Europe.

    I think what our students like the most is the fact that by time you leave, you'll be well versed in the history and culture of Japan, as well as come back fluent in the written, spoken, and the linguistics of the language. It's are ability to be able to teach you about the little nuances of the Japanese culture i.e. pre-modern and modern literature, TV and film studies etc. that separates us from the rest.

    Professors are there to help you every step of the way, however, you must attend the classes. As long as you make an effort, then we will do everything in our power to make sure you understand the material and succeed in your career aspirations. You will also be supported outside the classroom as there's a variety of different societies and events going on which teaches, discusses and advances your knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture, business etiquette, social and political issues etc.

    I hope this helps. Please feel free to contact me whenever if you have any questions about SOAS, our prestigious Japanese programme or life in general! :mrfreeze:


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    I'm in my first year at Sheffield and would recommend it.

    I've only heard bad things about SOAS to be honest, some years back it was a prestigious institution but apparently not so much these days.

    Sheffield is probably the best place to study Japanese in the UK. Presumably Cambridge has a good program but I haven't heard much about it, and no one really rates the course at Oxford.

    I was looking at Leeds, Newcastle, SOAS and Manchester as well.
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    I'm currently studying Japanese at SOAS, and I would say that although the University itself isn't for everyone (the politics of SOAS can be... interesting, though I have never found it to be particularly disruptive to my studies) the Japanese course is incredibly well organized and the teachers are all very supportive. Teachers seem to really go out of their way to make sure that you are doing OK and are not struggling too much. I have a friend who emailed a teacher at about 3 am and got a response almost immediately!

    I'm finding the course quite challenging, but the lessons are always fun and engaging! We do quite a lot of speaking and roleplay exercises. I have a friend who studied Japanese at Sheffield (he actually found the Japanese course at Sheffield quite disorganised and intends to transfer to SOAS next year) who said that they didn't do that much speaking at Sheffield for the first year. I personally couldn't compare SOAS to any other Universities in terms of quality of the course however as I have only studied at SOAS! You aren't expected to really learn to speak properly until the year abroad, however I have heard that SOAS are often more confident speakers of Japanese by year three than their counterparts from other Universities.

    Coming up to the exams in May I feel confident that I will be able to pass.

    I hope this has helped, and if you have any specific questions I'd be happy to answer them for you if I can.
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    (Original post by Zhar_Ptitsa)
    I'm currently studying Japanese at SOAS, and I would say that although the University itself isn't for everyone (the politics of SOAS can be... interesting, though I have never found it to be particularly disruptive to my studies) the Japanese course is incredibly well organized and the teachers are all very supportive. Teachers seem to really go out of their way to make sure that you are doing OK and are not struggling too much. I have a friend who emailed a teacher at about 3 am and got a response almost immediately!

    I'm finding the course quite challenging, but the lessons are always fun and engaging! We do quite a lot of speaking and roleplay exercises. I have a friend who studied Japanese at Sheffield (he actually found the Japanese course at Sheffield quite disorganised and intends to transfer to SOAS next year) who said that they didn't do that much speaking at Sheffield for the first year. I personally couldn't compare SOAS to any other Universities in terms of quality of the course however as I have only studied at SOAS! You aren't expected to really learn to speak properly until the year abroad, however I have heard that SOAS are often more confident speakers of Japanese by year three than their counterparts from other Universities.

    Coming up to the exams in May I feel confident that I will be able to pass.

    I hope this has helped, and if you have any specific questions I'd be happy to answer them for you if I can.
    Hi! I'm going to start Japanese at SOAS next year and I was wondering what you meant by the "politics of SOAS"?
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    Hello!

    By "politics" I was referring to episodes such as this:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/student...-a6717046.html

    which happened fairly recently. I believe that it is right to protest against injustice, but I felt that this went too far as people who wanted to enter the building in order to study were harassed by the protesters. This is not a regular occurrence though, so don't let it put you off! I think that there are many people who study at SOAS who believe themselves to be the "radical left" and therefore are very dismissive whenever anyone voices an opinion which is incongruent with their own. Personally I don't find this too much of a problem, though I sometimes it frustrating as to me it seems as if the student union is dominated by this kind of person and so doesn't take different viewpoints into account. In all honestly I spend so much time studying, particularly as I'm doing a joint degree, that I find I don't really have too much time to get involved with the student union much. I try to go to UGMS as often as I can though from what I have seen motions usually get passed as they are put forward by the regular very vocal left wingers; I think that sometimes people are scared to disagree or question them.

    These are all just my opinions based on my experiences though, you may well come to completely different conclusions next year!
 
 
 
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