Seven Reasons to Study East & South Asian Studies

For those considering a degree in this area, but need further convincing, The Complete University Guide lends its expertise. Here are the top seven reasons to study an East & South Asian Studies degree:

1. Second language

One of the skills most prized in graduates by large modern companies is the ability to be deployed abroad without concern over whether they can carry out their job in a different culture. A knowledge of a second language to degree level will give your CV a boost like few other things can.

2. Unusual course

Fancy doing something outside the norm? Stretching yourself in an area barely touched on in schools? Reckon you can stand everyone in a party you meet saying to you, "I've never met anyone who does that before"? Then consider East and South Asian Studies.

3. Combined courses

Asian Studies departments usually offer a number of dual honours degrees meaning you’ll be able to combine a cultural education with another passion of yours, or explore two strands of learning in greater detail. 

4. Opportunity to study abroad

As the name suggests, East & South Asian Studies is a very international area and this is reflected in the variety of modules students are able to select if they want to study abroad. Students can tailor their degree according to aspirations of travelling the world, and keep their interest in this part of the world alight.

5. International perspective

The world is a small yet diverse place, both more global, yet at the same time dividing people like nothing else. South East Asian degrees can reflect this trend. 

6. Multicultural environment

The quality of Asian education at UK universities attracts a substantial number of tutors from overseas. Studying in this discipline will put you in close contact with those who have first hand knowledge of the subject, as well as easier contact with students raised in this culture.

7. No prior experience in the area required

Schools don't offer direct routes into East & South Asian Studies, unlike for English, History and others, so most courses won't look for degrees in particular subjects, just a good overall score and someone who can contribute to the degree. Ideal if you, to put it simply, don't know what to do.