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Korean at SOAS

Hi!

I intend on applying to both of the above unis for 2025 entry.
To be perfectly honest, I much prefer SOAS and in the event that I get into both unis, I would probably choose SOAS.

Also, I'm pretty sure I'd fit in well at SOAS as a working-class Iraqi-Kurdish Muslim with Indian and Kazakh roots (talk about diverse 😂)
in other words I'm not white and middle class which seems to be unheard of at the university looool.

However!

On the course structure for Sheffield's BA Korean, it's stated that the aim is for students to reach CEFR C1+ by the end of year 4 (dang!) but for SOAS, no qualifications or specific language levels are mentioned, just methods in which proficiency can be demonstrated by the end of the degree.

That being said, does anyone studying the degree know what level in terms of CEFR or TOPIK students are expected to be at by the end of year 4?
I understand it would probably be a high level of proficiency haha but I am simply curious!

Also I saw on the course structure for SOAS's BA Japanese that students were expected to reach CEFR C1 or JLPT N1 (AKA fluent) by the end of the course.
Could that be a reflection of the expectations of the students by the end of the Korean course?

I'm a pretty keen language learner and self taught Japanese and Chinese to CEFR A2+ (not much but I'm proud and it only took a year) but I'm not really advanced at any language other than English loll.
But I'm determined that I will do well if I try!

Anyway sorry for waffling, and thank you in advance!

- Ali
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Hey!

I'm currently in my second year of BA Korean at SOAS and we were told that by the end of our 3rd year (which is our year abroad), we'll be sitting at a Level 5 or 6 in Korean - which is essentially fluent, if not completely fluent. They don't tend to give us the CEFR in our department but it would either be a C1 or C2 (depending on how well you manage to stay on top of your work and practice, I don't see why you couldn't achieve a C2).

I created a thread documenting my experience studying Korean at Soas (linked here) so feel free to give that a look if you want to see what the Korean course is like at SOAS. If you have any questions or anything, please feel free to ask away!

Have an awesome day~
This is just something to note but CEFR was developed specifically for European languages so you may not see a CEFR listing for Korean as non-European languages tend to use other systems, though an equivalence can be made.
Original post by Al_the_Pal
Hi!

I intend on applying to both of the above unis for 2025 entry.
To be perfectly honest, I much prefer SOAS and in the event that I get into both unis, I would probably choose SOAS.

Also, I'm pretty sure I'd fit in well at SOAS as a working-class Iraqi-Kurdish Muslim with Indian and Kazakh roots (talk about diverse 😂)
in other words I'm not white and middle class which seems to be unheard of at the university looool.

However!

On the course structure for Sheffield's BA Korean, it's stated that the aim is for students to reach CEFR C1+ by the end of year 4 (dang!) but for SOAS, no qualifications or specific language levels are mentioned, just methods in which proficiency can be demonstrated by the end of the degree.

That being said, does anyone studying the degree know what level in terms of CEFR or TOPIK students are expected to be at by the end of year 4?
I understand it would probably be a high level of proficiency haha but I am simply curious!

Also I saw on the course structure for SOAS's BA Japanese that students were expected to reach CEFR C1 or JLPT N1 (AKA fluent) by the end of the course.
Could that be a reflection of the expectations of the students by the end of the Korean course?

I'm a pretty keen language learner and self taught Japanese and Chinese to CEFR A2+ (not much but I'm proud and it only took a year) but I'm not really advanced at any language other than English loll.
But I'm determined that I will do well if I try!

Anyway sorry for waffling, and thank you in advance!

- Ali

@umbrellala can probably provide more info, although my understanding was the SOAS students got much better outcomes in the Korean placement tests on their year abroad than the others usually.

Generally for language acquisition purposes my understanding is SOAS is as good as or better (usually better) than other UK unis in their specialist language areas.
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