Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Overview

Our expertise in the languages and cultures of East Asia will open the doors to one of the most economically vibrant, and culturally exciting regions of the world. China, Japan and Korea have all seen rapid economic and social development over the past 70 years, while their TV shows and film, food, fashion and computer games, Manga and anime, K- and J-pop, have become an important part of global popular culture.

If you have ever wanted to understand the culture, history, and society of this dynamic region, or if you dream of working in East Asia, our degrees will provide you with all the tools you need. We offer a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on China, Japan, and Korea that will provide you with a wealth of transferable skills that will open exciting career paths for you with both domestic and international companies that do business in East Asia.

Our degrees offer both intensive and less intensive language study options, allowing you to gain an advanced level of proficiency in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. Our four-year undergraduate degrees and intensive language MA degrees both include periods of study at one of our partner universities in East Asia.

Our Head of Department says...

Demand for specialists with advanced proficiency in the languages of this region has significantly increased in recent years. We offer more or less intensive study of East Asian languages, both at SOAS and at our many prestigious partner universities. The cultures of China, Japan and Korea have become increasingly familiar to Western audiences over the course of the twentieth century. TV shows and film, food, fashion and computer games, Manga and anime, K- and J-pop, have become an important part of global popular culture. Many also continue to be drawn to the rich diversity and dynamism of East Asia’s pre-modern literary, religious, artistic and philosophical traditions. Our expertise allows you to gain specialist knowledge in the regions of your interest, in their classical traditions as well as their contemporary developments.

Facts and figures

10th in the UK

Complete University Guide for East Asian Studies 2022

13th

QS World University Rankings for Modern Languages 2022

Our research