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    I want to study Japanese at SOAS in london in 2017 however I understand the cost of living in London is very expensive.My family earns enough to be classed as 'high income' so Im not eligible for any sort of grant despite my parents being in no position to assist me financially during my studies. Plus with Japanese being such an intensive course and me having no prior knowledge of Japanese I hear it is discouraged to get a Job whilst studying there plus I find it hard to find jobs.Hence I am very concerned that despite being very passionate about studying Japanese I will not actually be able to afford to do so.Does anyone here know of anything that could help?


    Thanks In advanceNiamh
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    I want to study Japanese at SOAS in london in 2017 however I understand the cost of living in London is very expensive.My family earns enough to be classed as 'high income' so Im not eligible for any sort of grant despite my parents being in no position to assist me financially during my studies. Plus with Japanese being such an intensive course and me having no prior knowledge of Japanese I hear it is discouraged to get a Job whilst studying there plus I find it hard to find jobs.Hence I am very concerned that despite being very passionate about studying Japanese I will not actually be able to afford to do so.Does anyone here know of anything that could help?


    Thanks In advanceNiamh
    I think, most people in your situation will spend one year before just working. Maybe you could even find a job you can then use as good reference and/or build up on it after your Master?
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    Is it very important to you that you study at SOAS? How would you feel about studying Japanese at Leeds or Sheffield, for example? Their Japanese courses also have good reputations and it would be much cheaper to live in those cities.
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    (Original post by Marzzi)
    I want to study Japanese at SOAS in london in 2017 however I understand the cost of living in London is very expensive.My family earns enough to be classed as 'high income' so Im not eligible for any sort of grant despite my parents being in no position to assist me financially during my studies. Plus with Japanese being such an intensive course and me having no prior knowledge of Japanese I hear it is discouraged to get a Job whilst studying there plus I find it hard to find jobs.Hence I am very concerned that despite being very passionate about studying Japanese I will not actually be able to afford to do so.Does anyone here know of anything that could help?


    Thanks In advanceNiamh
    As Decaf said, have you considered studying outside London? I've just finished at Sheffield (doing Chinese), and our Japanese students attain a much higher rate of fluency in East Asian languages than those studying at other unis-we've even had people transfer from SOAS to Sheffield due to this.

    If you have any questions about Sheffield, let me know
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    (Original post by Marzzi)
    I want to study Japanese at SOAS in london in 2017 however I understand the cost of living in London is very expensive.My family earns enough to be classed as 'high income' so Im not eligible for any sort of grant despite my parents being in no position to assist me financially during my studies. Plus with Japanese being such an intensive course and me having no prior knowledge of Japanese I hear it is discouraged to get a Job whilst studying there plus I find it hard to find jobs.Hence I am very concerned that despite being very passionate about studying Japanese I will not actually be able to afford to do so.Does anyone here know of anything that could help?


    Thanks In advanceNiamh
    There's no grant now anyway - just the maintenance loan (plus tuition fee loan of course). If your parents are "high income" they are expected to make some contribution to your education.

    SOAS does offer some scholarships - but they are likely to be means-tested
    https://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/scholarships/ug/
 
 
 
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