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Five reasons to study Asian Studies

For those considering a degree in Asian Studies but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are five compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Second language

One of the skills most prized in graduates by large modern companies is the ability to communicate in more than one language. Often, employers want to deploy workers abroad without concern over whether they can carry out their job in a different culture. Knowledge of a second language to degree level will give your CV a significant boost.

2. Combined courses

Asian Studies departments usually offer several dual honours degrees to help improve your graduate prospects. You’ll have the option to combine a cultural education with another subject area such as Politics, Business & Management or a different foreign language.

3. Opportunity to study overseas

This is a very international subject area, so most courses offer the opportunity to study abroad. You can tailor the degree according to your travel aspirations and have an in-depth experience of a different part of the world.

4. Multicultural environment

The quality of Asian Studies education at UK universities attracts a substantial number of tutors from overseas. Studying this discipline will put you in close contact with those who have first-hand knowledge. What’s more, courses attract natives of these countries and home students, meaning a multicultural work environment is guaranteed.

5. No prior experience required

Schools don't offer direct routes into Asian Studies like they do with subjects like English or History. As a result, most courses don't look for qualifications in particular subjects, just a good overall score and someone who can contribute to the degree.

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