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East Asian Studies

Undergraduate degrees

If you want to learn about the cultures, societies, religions, literatures, histories, politics, economies and international relations of this dynamic region, then East Asian Studies has a wide range of undergraduate degrees to suit you.

You can study Chinese, Japanese, or Thai to an advanced level while gaining a firm understanding of the historical, cultural, political, social, religious and economic contexts in which these languages are spoken. 

Our Asia Pacific Studies degree focuses on the Asia-Pacific nations from historical, economic, political, social and cultural perspectives.

The University's Language Zone has a range of resources, including books, magazines, audio and video resources and provides opportunities to practice your language skills through workshops, language exchanges and language groups. 

East Asian Studies at Leeds

We introduced Chinese Studies at Leeds in 1963 and we have grown into one of the largest centres of East Asian Studies.

Our academic staff, including many native speakers of Chinese, Japanese and Thai, and our vibrant community welcomes students, postgraduate researchers and staff from a variety of backgrounds and from all over the world.

Regular lectures and seminars are given by visiting scholars, writers and other cultural practitioners from East Asia. This creates a stimulating learning environment where you’ll be encouraged to develop your interests in the region and equip yourself with a wide range of sought-after skills.

Our book collection provides an invaluable resource for studying and includes Chinese texts, books on Thailand (provided by substantial support of The Royal Thai Embassy, London) and collections on Japan (with substantial contributions from The Japan Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation).

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Stella Gordon
Student | BA Japanese
"Without a doubt, the year abroad in Japan was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I saw my language level sky-rocket and I made many friends and connections all around the world. This now means free accommodation wherever I travel!"