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Oriental Studies

University of Oxford

36 months
32480 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Oriental Studies course offered at the University of Oxford is unique in its sole focus on introducing students to civilisations that are different from the Western ones upon which the curriculum in most British schools and colleges is based. The courses present both the major traditions and cultural trends of the regions studied and, in most cases, their modern developments. 


Oriental Studies has a long history at the University of Oxford. The Bodleian and other libraries have acquired extensive collections. The Nizami Ganjavi Oriental Institute library, the KB Chen China Centre, and the Bodleian Japanese and Indian Institute libraries are all specialists in their respective fields. Around the corner from the Oriental Institute is the Ashmolean Museum, which houses superb collections, the Leopold Muller Memorial Library at the Clarendon Institute for Hebrew and Jewish Studies material, and the Sackler Library which contains the renowned Griffith Institute Archive, one of the finest libraries in the world for the study of ancient Egypt and the Ancient Near East.

Work placements/international opportunities

Most courses offer the opportunity to spend time in the region being studied. The Arabic course includes a year in the Middle East, the Turkish course a year in Turkey and the Hebrew course an optional year in Israel. The Chinese and Japanese courses also include a year in China and Japan respectively. For Persian, the faculty decides each year whether it is advisable for its students to spend their year abroad in Iran. In years when Iran is not possible, they study in Tajikistan instead.


The skills developed while studying for a degree in Oriental Studies are greatly appreciated by a wide range of employers. Career options include finance, the media, commerce, the Civil Service, the law, accountancy and the arts. Around 30% of Oriental Studies graduates go on to further study.

Andi, who graduated with a BA in Japanese, is Director of International Business Development at Ping Identity. He says: ‘My time at Oxford gave me a good foundation for the varied demands of both small and large companies, and the skills required to handle the constant change and learning required in the software industry. I’ve had the opportunity to do business in Japan on several occasions through my career.’

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Elementary language
  • Middle Eastern history and cultures
  • Core work on language and literature
  • History
  • Specialisation or subsidiary language
  • Islamic Religion (Arabic only)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits
  • 360 - 480


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A-levels: AAA
  • Advanced Highers:   AA/AAB
  • IB: 39 (including core points) with 666 at HL  
  • Students are not expected to have studied an Oriental language before. A language to A-level, Advanced Higher, Higher Level in the IB or another equivalent can be helpful to students in completing this course,  although this is not required for admission.         
  • Candidates for course combinations including Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew, Jewish Studies and Persian must take the Oriental Languages Aptitude Test (OLAT) as part of their application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32480 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32480 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Oxford

939 - 1530 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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.

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