A knowledge of Chinese language and culture is increasingly important as China becomes a bigger global player, economically and politically. China currently has the largest population in the world and the world's second largest economy.
You will learn Mandarin Chinese and learn to read and write classical and modern standard Chinese.
During the Chinese programme at The University of Edinburgh, you will spend Year 3 in China or Taiwan where you will develop your language skills and experience the countries' rich culture. There are also opportunities for home stays with local families during your year abroad.
The majority of the teaching takes place within the School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, located within the University’s Central Area. You will have access to The University of Edinburgh’s libraries and computer facilities and the School’s language labs.
Most of the cultural courses are taught through lectures and tutorials. Languages are taught in small classes that use computer-assisted learning.
You will be assessed by a combination of exams, class exercises and coursework.
Employers look for the breadth of training and experience demonstrated by our graduates, who are in high demand in a wide variety of sectors, including the media, commerce, industry, and the civil service.
Many Chinese-speaking graduates are currently recruited by companies based in East Asia, an increasingly powerful player in the global economy, but with Scotland's strategy to enhance engagement with China, opportunities for employment are increasing closer to home too. These include careers in translation/interpreting and education.
There are also opportunities to continue studying at postgraduate level. Year 4 in particular will focus on developing the research skills you’ll need if you choose this path.
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You will study Chinese 1, an introduction to modern spoken and written Chinese, and Modern East Asian History, an introduction to modern East Asian history. A range of other courses, including Modern China in Literature & Film, is available.
You will continue to learn Chinese and will explore Chinese culture further in Chinese 2A and Chinese 2B. You may also take Pre-Modern East Asia to 1600, to learn more about classical and pre-modern Chinese history and culture, in preparation for your year in China.
You will spend Year 3 studying abroad, where you will develop your language skills and follow courses in Chinese literature and culture.
You will continue to study Chinese language alongside your choice of courses in film, politics, modern and pre-modern history, literature, philosophy and economic history.
You will also undertake your dissertation.
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PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Check the programme website for information about funding options.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.
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