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I've got an offer (and firmed) Durham University for Japanese Studies. But now I'm worried that I won't find the course very interesting (i.e., not a lot of cultural modules to pick from).

I didn't apply to Newcastle University, but I've had a look at their course online, and it looks very interesting to me.

Now I'm wondering whether I should try to get into Newcastle for Japanese through clearing this year (or if that doesn't happen, tkaing a gap year and reapplying next year).

Does anyone have any advice or experience about either course, and what I should do now? Thank you so much!
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(Original post by Blizzard121)
Hi,

I've got an offer (and firmed) Durham University for Japanese Studies. But now I'm worried that I won't find the course very interesting (i.e., not a lot of cultural modules to pick from).

I didn't apply to Newcastle University, but I've had a look at their course online, and it looks very interesting to me.

Now I'm wondering whether I should try to get into Newcastle for Japanese through clearing this year (or if that doesn't happen, tkaing a gap year and reapplying next year).

Does anyone have any advice or experience about either course, and what I should do now? Thank you so much
When I applied as a mature student I had to do an exam at Durham (I wanted to study Chinese). I stayed over night to get a feel for the place.
The long and short of it is that apart from the University itself there wasn't much scope to meet Chinese people to practice with. This was ultimately why I settled on SOAS. Lots of Uni's all of which have Chinese students, Chinese people working in the capital, tourists etc.

I have said this on other forums before, if you think being able to understand your language teacher is a guarantee you will actually understand real natives, then you are in for a rude awakening. Its not all about the prestige of the Uni (Durham is better than SOAS, I would imagine its also better than Newcastle). What you learn in the classroom you are going to have to take out into the real world if you truly want to achieve fluency.

You may struggle to find people to practice with.

Food for though when making your decision.
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When I applied as a mature student I had to do an exam at Durham (I wanted to study Chinese). I stayed over night to get a feel for the place.
The long and short of it is that apart from the University itself there wasn't much scope to meet Chinese people to practice with. This was ultimately why I settled on SOAS. Lots of Uni's all of which have Chinese students, Chinese people working in the capital, tourists etc.

I have said this on other forums before, if you think being able to understand your language teacher is a guarantee you will actually understand real natives, then you are in for a rude awakening. Its not all about the prestige of the Uni (Durham is better than SOAS, I would imagine its also better than Newcastle). What you learn in the classroom you are going to have to take out into the real world if you truly want to achieve fluency.

You may struggle to find people to practice with.

Food for though when making your decision.
Thanks for the reply, that’s definitely something to think about. When you stayed at Durham, did you like the university (facilities, people, etc)?
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Hello! I graduated from Newcastle last year, and although not Japanese, I did do French so was part of the modern languages school and Newcastle was incredible! The teachers are so amazing and the opportunity to do a year abroad is so so good..! We also have a language resource centre which offers loads of chance to speak in your target language either through conversation classes within the uni or to other universities around the world (including Japan).

If you have any questions feel free to speak to some of our current students via unibuddy https://www.ncl.ac.uk/study/contact/unibuddy/

Hope that helps,
Mollie!
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