Everything you might want to know about East Asian Studies at Sheffield

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying here with us at the School of East Asian Studies, we know picking the right university for you is a big decision, and we are here to help you with any questions. We hope you find the information useful and will help answer some of your questions.

SEAS Students
Thinking about applying?

For all our undergraduate courses, no prior knowledge of the language is required. We accept up to the A-Level equivalent if you do have prior knowledge. 

Evidence of interest in East Asia demonstrated through the personal statement is required.

Entry Requirements

Most of our courses require an ABB at A-Level or equivalent, find out more here for a specific course.

What A level subjects do applicants tend to come with?

We do not require any specific A-Level to be taken before studying with us, the most important thing to us if that you have an interest in East Asia. 

If you have any more questions about undergraduate study at the School of East Asian Studies, please email eastasianstudies-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk.

How can I find out more?

If you're interested in studying with us here in the School of East Asian Studies you perhaps want to visit us on an Open Day so you can get a real feel for our department and life in Sheffield.

Find out more about our Open Days 

Or if you have any specific questions for our students, head on over to our Chat to Us page.

For all other enquires, be sure to email eastasianstudies-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk.

Making an application

A personal statement should be a positive summary of you and your motivations for applying for an opportunity.

We strongly suggest you take a look at our tips and advice on writing your personal statement, head on over to our Writing a Personal Statement page.

Year Abroad

All our degrees provide an opportunity to study abroad, allowing you to immerse yourself in a different culture.

Chinese/Japanese/Korean Studies programmes include a full academic year (third year) studying at a highly ranked university in China, Japan or Korea, therefore making each course a 4 year course. 

The year abroad offers you an unrivalled opportunity to improve your language skills and provide valuable insights into the country you are studying and its people. The year abroad has also helped students to grow their confidence and self-reliance through building new skills and adapting to new situations. These are all attributes highly sought after by employers.

Do you have to do a Year Abroad?

If you decide a year abroad isn't for you, you can still study our East Asian Studies course which involves a fully funded field trip for up to two weeks to East Asia in the second year of the degree. The field trip could be in China, Japan or Korea and will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the country whilst undertaking some in-country research. Our East Asian Studies degree is a three year degree. 

However, you can still undertake a Year Abroad with our East Asian Studies course, you can apply for a year of studying abroad as part of the Global Opportunities Year Abroad Programme. Unlike on our other programmes, this year abroad is optional and you can apply once studying at Sheffield. You could spend your year in Europe, Canada, Asia, Australia, New Zealand or the USA.

Find out more about the Year Abroad

Your future

Strong economic growth in China, the globalisation of the Japanese economy and the possible future reunification of the Korean peninsula offer massive potential opportunities for people with skills in Asian languages and cultures.

Find out more about where a degree in East Asia could take you and what support is available along the way.

Your future

eating korean food
My KUBA buddies took me and some other exchange students to a famous market where we got to try dried fish and makeoli (korean rice wine).

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