Hi I am going to be starting a Japanese MA degree in a few weeks and I need to choose an outside course worth 40 credits from level 08 courses. I have been seriously considering this and I am very interested in studying Chinese. However the level 08 Chinese is equivalent to a full first year Chinese language degree level and it states on the courses website that "if being studied as an outside course, introduction to Chinese language is highly recommended" however that course is a level 07 course and lasts for semester 1. Would this matter? I know this course is worth 20 credits, however if I was able to take it there is a level 2 for semester 2 worth another 20 credits. And if I found I wasn't enjoying it I could study something else I'm interested in such as an Introduction to Italian worth 20 credits for semester 2. I hope this made sense and any help on if this would be possible and also opinions / personal experiences with these Chinese courses would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!