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Korean Degree at Sheffield University experience

Is anyone here currently studying or has studied Korean at Sheffield? I've got an offer and will be starting in 2019, and I'm feeling really curious about what the course is like and everything. If anyone is doing it here pleeasse tell me as much as you can about your experience!! i am so so curious!
things such as how good your korean is now, what was the year abroad like, what is the teaching like, where are you staying, whats sheffield like, what are the other people like, how many lessons do you have, how difficult does it feel
anything you can think of
ive already been to the open day and asked quite a few questions but i'd like some really honest student perspectives (because obviously on the open day no one can really be too negative)
thank you so much!!
Original post by mng
Is anyone here currently studying or has studied Korean at Sheffield? I've got an offer and will be starting in 2019, and I'm feeling really curious about what the course is like and everything. If anyone is doing it here pleeasse tell me as much as you can about your experience!! i am so so curious!
things such as how good your korean is now, what was the year abroad like, what is the teaching like, where are you staying, whats sheffield like, what are the other people like, how many lessons do you have, how difficult does it feel
anything you can think of
ive already been to the open day and asked quite a few questions but i'd like some really honest student perspectives (because obviously on the open day no one can really be too negative)
thank you so much!!


They teach korean at sheffield? i thought that would be a SOAS only language....

wouldnt chinese be more useful? getting a job in korea for a foreigner would be ultra tough, they are a super educated populice.
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Original post by Realitysreflexx
They teach korean at sheffield? i thought that would be a SOAS only language....

wouldnt chinese be more useful? getting a job in korea for a foreigner would be ultra tough, they are a super educated populice.


well unless i've accidentally applied and gone to an open day and accepted an offer for the completely wrong place, yes, they do offer it at sheffield !
actually soas and sheffield are the only two places in the UK to do it as a proper degree. i think uni of central lancashire does it as well but.. not going there lol. and its not a full degree think you have to pair it with something.

although i recognise that still today mandarin is regarded as a widely more useful language, if no one learnt korean then how would there be any communications between the countries? besides im gona b the spy conversing w the north korean gov earning all the ££ whilst you stay in the dark lol jk
plus i have a huge interest in the korean language and the country's culture and history! nothing against china, there's just not much point in doing a degree just for the sake of money

jokes aside, yeah it will be difficult getting a job there. but being blessed with the knowledge of the lingua franca english is a very useful tool when it comes to employment. translation, international relations, trading, all that stuff
*although i recognise that still today mandarin is regarded as a widely more useful language, if no one learnt korean then how would there be any communications between the countries? *



then you go on to mention english as a reason for getting a job there, while you do realize everyone with a college degree there already knows english. And if no one in the UK ever learned korean ever again communication would never break down, because english is the global language of everyone?????


you do need university, your critical thinking is undeveloped lol.
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Original post by Realitysreflexx
*although i recognise that still today mandarin is regarded as a widely more useful language, if no one learnt korean then how would there be any communications between the countries? *



then you go on to mention english as a reason for getting a job there, while you do realize everyone with a college degree there already knows english. And if no one in the UK ever learned korean ever again communication would never break down, because english is the global language of everyone?????


you do need university, your critical thinking is undeveloped lol.


woah why u getting angry haha no need to come on to my post asking about a degree and then getting angry that ive chosen to do it

not everyone speaks english there, and even those who do it wont be to my level as a native. its extremely difficult to translate 100% perfectly INTO a language which is not your native tongue.
when i said lingua franca, i misused the word, what i actually meant was that english is such a widely used and important language that translation to and from english is in high demand as opposed to say, german. not saying this is a good or bad thing, just a fact!
Original post by mng
woah why u getting angry haha no need to come on to my post asking about a degree and then getting angry that ive chosen to do it

not everyone speaks english there, and even those who do it wont be to my level as a native. its extremely difficult to translate 100% perfectly INTO a language which is not your native tongue.
when i said lingua franca, i misused the word, what i actually meant was that english is such a widely used and important language that translation to and from english is in high demand as opposed to say, german. not saying this is a good or bad thing, just a fact!


Im not angry...lol u just made no sense, either way i was just suprised sheffield offered it, i wish u the best of luck!
hey there! i will be going into my second year of korean studies with japanese in september! first of all, doing a degree in korean is just as valid as any other language degree. especially now, with the growth of interest and korean economy constantly expanding, the need for people with knowledge of korean is always increasing. there's not much of interesting pop culture when it comes to china to attract people, so at sheffield at least, chinese studies are currently the course with the least applicants, with the number being around 10-15 people after the end of first year.. a lot of people apply for korean just because of kpop and they think it will be easy, as we started with 60 people on the course this year, but all of those people gradually left during the year, leaving us with about 35 of us lol. BUT ANYWAY.

as for the course itself, they are changing the curriculum, so people from years higher than mine might struggle with giving you accurate info that will be relevant when you start. my first year was still under the old one too, so i can't fully remember what they told us would be the changes for the 1st year, but basically they are increasing the amount of credits korean is worth, since people complained that the amount of credits wasnt appropriate for the difficulty of the course. since you'll be doing just korean, you will still have to do cultural modules of course!

in terms of hours per week, they want to increase korean from five to six hours a week, which includes grammar, speaking listening etc. as for cultural modules it depends, but i think usually it's a seminar and lecture, which should be roughly 2h per week, but again, it depends.

the teachers are willing to help, but you have to be careful not to get on their bad side bc apparently they can pull a 180 on you and start treating you worse if you do.. i find their teaching pretty good though! ofc it depends on people and the way you learn though.

there's weekly homework and vocab quizes, but it's not too much. there's midterm exams, which are written exams, and finals - one speaking and one writing. semester 2 there's also a video you have to make in korean. or at least that's the way it was for our year, not sure if they will be changing it for when you go!

after one year of studying, if you study properly, your korean should be p good conversational korean. you should be able to have some more complex conversations in daily life basically. in korea the language courses have 6 levels, and when you go, you should be able to at least start at level 2, with possibility of starting at level 3 if you do some extra studying over the summer.
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Original post by sabinabean
hey there! i will be going into my second year of korean studies with japanese in september! first of all, doing a degree in korean is just as valid as any other language degree. especially now, with the growth of interest and korean economy constantly expanding, the need for people with knowledge of korean is always increasing. there's not much of interesting pop culture when it comes to china to attract people, so at sheffield at least, chinese studies are currently the course with the least applicants, with the number being around 10-15 people after the end of first year.. a lot of people apply for korean just because of kpop and they think it will be easy, as we started with 60 people on the course this year, but all of those people gradually left during the year, leaving us with about 35 of us lol. BUT ANYWAY.

as for the course itself, they are changing the curriculum, so people from years higher than mine might struggle with giving you accurate info that will be relevant when you start. my first year was still under the old one too, so i can't fully remember what they told us would be the changes for the 1st year, but basically they are increasing the amount of credits korean is worth, since people complained that the amount of credits wasnt appropriate for the difficulty of the course. since you'll be doing just korean, you will still have to do cultural modules of course!

in terms of hours per week, they want to increase korean from five to six hours a week, which includes grammar, speaking listening etc. as for cultural modules it depends, but i think usually it's a seminar and lecture, which should be roughly 2h per week, but again, it depends.

the teachers are willing to help, but you have to be careful not to get on their bad side bc apparently they can pull a 180 on you and start treating you worse if you do.. i find their teaching pretty good though! ofc it depends on people and the way you learn though.

there's weekly homework and vocab quizes, but it's not too much. there's midterm exams, which are written exams, and finals - one speaking and one writing. semester 2 there's also a video you have to make in korean. or at least that's the way it was for our year, not sure if they will be changing it for when you go!

after one year of studying, if you study properly, your korean should be p good conversational korean. you should be able to have some more complex conversations in daily life basically. in korea the language courses have 6 levels, and when you go, you should be able to at least start at level 2, with possibility of starting at level 3 if you do some extra studying over the summer.


omg thank you so so much for the reply!! thought this thread had been completely forgotten lool
so at the beginning of the year, is everyone in the same class? or is it streamed into like beginners, lower intermediate etc? if so, how do they stream it?

so will you be off on a year abroad soon? which korean uni will u be going to? i hope u have a good time on ur year abroad!!!

also are the teachers nice? do u interact w them one on one a lot bc its a small class? how big is the japanese class in comparison to the korean one?

sorrryyy asking sm questions!! just so curious.
again thank you so much for the reply!!
Original post by mng
Is anyone here currently studying or has studied Korean at Sheffield? I've got an offer and will be starting in 2019, and I'm feeling really curious about what the course is like and everything. If anyone is doing it here pleeasse tell me as much as you can about your experience!! i am so so curious!
things such as how good your korean is now, what was the year abroad like, what is the teaching like, where are you staying, whats sheffield like, what are the other people like, how many lessons do you have, how difficult does it feel
anything you can think of
ive already been to the open day and asked quite a few questions but i'd like some really honest student perspectives (because obviously on the open day no one can really be too negative)
thank you so much!!


Hi! I've firmed Sheffield for Japanese. We have a group chat on Facebook for everyone applying for Korean, Japanese or Chinese at Sheffield (+ with some current students in there too!) if you'd like to join? Just message me with your Facebook name if you do :smile:
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everyone is in the same class through the year! like, there's no division into levels. everyone does the same stuff through the year! since they start with the very basics and build up, it doesn't matter if you have previous knowledge or not, since by the end everyone should be at the same level. mostly the people they accept dont have actual proper korean knowledge before, since its pointless as the degree starts from the beginners.yes! i'll be off to korea at the end of august to study at sogang uni :smile: thabk you!i'd say the teachers are generally nice, and willing to help and explain things as good as they possibly can. in terms of one to ones i guess not really. it is possible for you to ask for some during their consultation hours though! class sizes are generally p decent, i dont think any of my korean classes (apart from grammar where u p much just sit and listen) was bigger than idk like 18 people? ofc it will depend on the size of your year tho! as for japanese, im doing the non specialist japanese which is a bit slower and less intense than the course japanese studies ppl do. and anyone can take them with free credits. the classes are wayyy bigger, in sem 1 they were between 30-25 people so it was a lot. sem 2 it did get smaller but still bigger than korean!
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hi what a levels do you require for korean studies? my dream job is teaching english in korea, so i would love to know what a levels are needed!
Reply 11
Hey, you don't need any specific a levels to do Korean, just have a look on their website for grade requirements. Should be around ABB. Also, unless you really love Korean as a subject, you don't need to do Korean to teach English there. You can do that with any degree plus a TEFL certificate then you can apply to teach there. I wouldn't recommend doing Korean just for that reason.
Reply 12
Original post by mng
Hey, you don't need any specific a levels to do Korean, just have a look on their website for grade requirements. Should be around ABB. Also, unless you really love Korean as a subject, you don't need to do Korean to teach English there. You can do that with any degree plus a TEFL certificate then you can apply to teach there. I wouldn't recommend doing Korean just for that reason.

i just it would be nice to have a degree in korean because id know bit of korean when i move and i wont completely know nothing

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