A period of study in East Asia

Language Year Abroad

A core element of our four-year courses is the year abroad which you spend in the country you are studying. After one year of study in Sheffield if you are a Chinese or Korean Studies student, or two years of study in Sheffield if you are a Japanese Studies student, you will head off for your year abroad at top-ranking universities in China, Japan and Korea. 
The Language Year Abroad offers you an unrivaled opportunity to improve your language skills; in particular, your spoken skills will improve dramatically. It will also give you valuable insights into the country and its people.

China Year Abroad

China Year Abroad

Japan Year Abroad

Japan Year Abroad 

Korean Year Abroad

Korean Year Abroad

Student Experience

We recently interviewed three students and asked them to send in photos and videos and to share their experiences and memories of their year abroad. You can hear the experiences of all three students, see photos of Rhian Osborne's year in Seoul, Harry Dibbs' time in Nanjing and his visit to the Great Wall of China and Julian Bentham's many travels and activities across Japan.

Funding your year abroad
Most students find that the immense advantages, academic and personal, of the Year Abroad more than justify any extra cost. As the Year Abroad is part of your Sheffield degree you pay reduced tuition fees to Sheffield and you do not pay any fees in China, Japan or Korea. There are also a number of scholarships available for Chinese and Japanese studies students to help cover some costs which are allocated on a competitive basis.

Find out more about the cost of your year abroad and the help that is available

East Asian Fieldwork

The East Asian Fieldwork trip provides students on the East Asian Studies programme an opportunity to spend two weeks in East Asia undertaking a country based research in the second year of their degree.

This is an exciting opportunity for you to spend time in one of the countries you are studying as part of your degree. You’ll travel to East Asia as a group, along with academic staff and stay at a host university in the country. During your stay you’ll be able to immerse yourself in local culture, explore your host city and conduct in-country research which will enhance your understanding of East Asia and contribute to your overall degree.

This trip is designed, not only as a chance for you to visit East Asia but provides you with an opportunity to develop a better understanding of the region and improve your research skills, ability to learn independently and manage projects effectively.

Before heading to the region you will discuss your research project with your tutor and agree key methodologies and actions for your trip.

Funding your East Asian Field trip
The East Asian field trip is funded by the School of East Asian Studies with students only needing to pay visa costs and living expenses whilst abroad such as food, drinks and social activities.