Chinese Studies OR Japanese Studies BA (Hons)

Course Overview

Study the country and culture of China or Japan while learning Chinese or Japanese at beginners' or advanced level.

At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

Course Duration
4 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB-BBB
IB: 32 points

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Pursue your interest in East Asia with a range of fascinating cultural modules, such as:

  • contemporary Japanese popular culture
  • the fall and rise of China
  • critical international politics

Learn a new language and become fluent during your year abroad, studying at a university in China or Japan.

Our communicative approach to language learning means that you will learn to communicate with speakers of the language right from the start, and we have fantastic facilities to support your learning.

Britain's growing political, business and cultural links with East Asia represent significant career opportunities for our graduates.

Highlights of this degree

Quality and ranking

Quality and ranking

Chinese Studies or Japanese Studies at Newcastle is highly regarded, ranking in 7th in the UK in The Compete University Guide 2017. We also rank 6th in the UK for research power (Research Excellence Framework 2014) for Modern Languages.

Year abroad

Year abroad

At Newcastle, we provide two entry levels: one for those who are beginning from scratch, and a higher route for those who have a GCSE or A level (or equivalent).

Depending on your language experience on entry, you spend your second year (Stage 2) or third year (Stage 3) at a university in China or Japan, where you follow an intensive programme of language study, build relationships with native speakers and absorb the local culture.

Current options include:


  • Beijing
  • Shanghai
  • Chengdu
  • Hainan Island
  • Xiamen


  • Tokyo
  • Akita
  • Osaka
  • Kyoto
  • Hiroshima
  • Sapporo
  • Fukuoka

Support for year abroad

Support for year abroad

We offer lots of help to prepare you for your year abroad, including:

  • briefings covering practicalities like insurance, visas and student safety
  • a Tandem Learning Scheme, to practise conversation in your foreign language
  • optional group sessions with a native speaker of your foreign language, to help with daily practicalities and small talk
  • free access to the newly updated Language Resource Centre for independent study
  • a training course for language assistants

We also run social events for second-year students to meet finalists who have already done their year abroad, Erasmus students from our partner universities in Europe, and Chinese and Japanese exchange students from our host universities in East Asia.

Our team of Year Abroad Officers will keep in close touch with you while you are abroad. You will also communicate regularly with your personal tutor via the web-based e-portfolio.

Facilities and support

You will join the School of Modern Languages at Newcastle. We have been teaching languages at Newcastle for over 100 years. This mark of quality and heritage is reflected in the reputation that the School holds.


Facilities include state-of-the-art language laboratories and an award-winning Language Resource Centre, with self-study resources for over 50 languages.

Take a virtual tour of our facilities on the School website.


We have excellent links with other institutions, including the Centro de L

BA (Hons) Award
Study Mode
4 years Duration
TT12 UCAS Code

Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB-BBB
IB: 32 points

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