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SOAS or Sheffield for Korean??

I want to study Korean at uni perhaps with linguistics or Japanese. I'm interested if anyone has any experience on these specific courses - Korean studies with Japanese at Sheffield, or Korean and linguistics at SOAS? Also what is it like living in london? London as a city has a big appeal to me due to opportunities and I love the city, etc. I also have experience self studying korean and japanese but not so much linguistics.
Original post by Anonymous
I want to study Korean at uni perhaps with linguistics or Japanese. I'm interested if anyone has any experience on these specific courses - Korean studies with Japanese at Sheffield, or Korean and linguistics at SOAS? Also what is it like living in london? London as a city has a big appeal to me due to opportunities and I love the city, etc. I also have experience self studying korean and japanese but not so much linguistics.

Hey! I have a load of threads you can have a read of:

Applying to Study Korean
Korean at SOAS: The First Year
Year Abroad in S. Korea

And here's a thread from a current student as I've now graduated: Korean at SOAS
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Sheffield is a low-key boring city. I would rather go london, research it properly and choose wisely.
Original post by Anonymous
I want to study Korean at uni perhaps with linguistics or Japanese. I'm interested if anyone has any experience on these specific courses - Korean studies with Japanese at Sheffield, or Korean and linguistics at SOAS? Also what is it like living in london? London as a city has a big appeal to me due to opportunities and I love the city, etc. I also have experience self studying korean and japanese but not so much linguistics.

No idea if it will be helpful, especially a few months later, but I do Korean with Japanese at Sheffield, so if you have any questions I'm happy to try and help:smile:
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Original post by Anonymous
I want to study Korean at uni perhaps with linguistics or Japanese. I'm interested if anyone has any experience on these specific courses - Korean studies with Japanese at Sheffield, or Korean and linguistics at SOAS? Also what is it like living in london? London as a city has a big appeal to me due to opportunities and I love the city, etc. I also have experience self studying korean and japanese but not so much linguistics.



Hi!

I'm currently a student at SOAS for BA Korean.

I'm linking the pages for Linguistics and for Korean for you to have a look at the curriculum and see if it's of any interest to you. There are a few people in my class who do BA Korean & Linguistics and they seem to be carrying the workload without all too much trouble.

The Korean course is pretty intense and a lot is covered in the 4 classes that we have per week, but it is genuinely enjoyable and the professors are really supportive and encouraging. There are also opportunities to have a 1-1 with the professors if you ever feel unsure about the content covered in class and they usually go around the class during the lesson to make sure everyone is doing okay and no one is struggling.

I would say that the difference between SOAS and Sheffield is that SOAS focuses more on speaking while Sheffield focuses more on reading. From what I gathered from the module page on Sheffield's website and what I've been told, Sheffield's course seems less intensive and is broken down more than it is at SOAS. At SOAS, we have just one Korean Language module; K100. At Sheffield, it is split into 4; Korean 1A, Korean 1B, Korean 2A and Korean 2B.

The other difference is the universities offered on the year abroad. If you're hoping to go to SNU, then SOAS is the way to go. If you want to go to Yonsei, then Sheffield. SOAS removed Yonsei as their partner university because their curriculum didn't match the standards the professors hoped for their students.

In terms of studying Japanese and Korean at the same time, you won't have that choice until fourth year. And even still, the secondary language you pick up won't be your specialisation. It's more so a module you choose to pick up during the last year but it does give you the option to study Japanese to some extent.

Regarding studying in London, it both has perks and limitations. The pros is that transport is accessible pretty much anywhere, there are plenty of good places to eat at and you surprisingly get to practice your Korean more than you think. Not to mention the fact that part-time work is pretty accessible too. The only cons I can think of is how expensive London is and the amount of strikes that happen here. Besides that, it's a pretty good place to live in.

If you have any other questions or need to know anything specific, let me know and I'll do my best to respond! Have a good day~
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