Literatures, Languages & Cultures


Asian Studies has exchange programmes with 43 universities in China and 16 in Japan that involve student exchange, staff mobility, joint research collaborations, etc.

Most of our students attend Dalian University of Technology, in Dalian; however, they are free to study at any other university.

Chinese exchanges

Dalian University of Technology

Dalian University of Technology (DUT) is one of the key national-level universities under the administration of China's Ministry of Education. Through 60 years of ongoing progress and innovation, DUT has earned a reputation as one of the top universities and top technical universities in the country. Though the university particularly excels in the sciences and technical fields, DUT also boasts excellent programs in business administration, tourism management and the social sciences. DUT offers 60 bachelor programmes, 135 master programs, 126 PhD programs and 20 post-doctoral programs. With 31,486 full-time students enrolled and more than 600 international students in 2009 hailing from Scotland to Russia, Nigeria to Japan, Dalian University of Technology is fully committed to an international learning environment.

"I opted to study in Dalian University of Technology. I learned more than just Chinese language during that year — it was an invaluable experience and one I will never, ever forget. We had lessons in Chinese language (oral, written and listening), ancient Chinese, Chinese history, culture and tradition, calligraphy, tai chi, business Chinese, HSK, and there were so many more options… we were left with no excuse but to be well prepared for finals! I lived with a Chinese host family who were always keen to involve me in their life, teaching me how to cook traditional Chinese foods, assisting me with my homework and immersing me so deeply in Chinese culture I began dreaming in Chinese!"

Carly (Exeter, England)Chinese, 2010

Hangzhou Normal University

Located in Hangzhou, a celebrated city with historical culture and the Capital City of Zhejiang Province, the University consists of Xiasha, Yuhangshan and Gudangwen Campuses, occupying a total area approximating to 900 hectares. The University exhibits its characteristics in the courses of normal education and arts, advantages in the courses of liberal arts and social sciences, and dominant positions in some of the courses of sciences, and with the simultaneous development in the fields of multi-subjects.

"I spent my year abroad in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. I had never been to China before, but a friend recommended it to me as a green, beautiful city, and the university is considered to be among the top in China. Hangzhou was the ideal place for me to study as you really have to use your Mandarin daily. The course was very well organised, and there were lots of trips, events and interest courses for the international students to participate in. I travelled around China quite a lot during that year, one of my favourite places was Yangshuo — I've never seen such dramatic landscapes!While I was studying I also found some part-time work as an English teacher, and even had an internship in a local software company. That was very interesting as it was my first insight into how a Chinese business is run. No matter where you go during your year abroad, you will have an amazing time and experience things you never imagined."

Sophie (Blackburn, England)Chinese, 2011

National Taiwan Normal University

Founded in 1946 originally as Taiwan Provincial Teachers College, the school had a mission to train outstanding teachers for secondary education. The name was changed to National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) in 1967. NTNU has established sister-school ties with 138 well-known institutions abroad, spanning four continents: Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Australasia. NTNU is a diverse, multinational institution and community, with an international student population of nearly 3,000 students, including students enrolled in the Mandarin Training Centre.

"I spent my year abroad living and studying Mandarin in Taipei. I found Taiwan an incredibly friendly place. People would talk to my classmates and me on the street to practise their English, or ask to take photos with us at tourist spots. It was easy to travel around the island, and I somehow managed to fit in a little rafting and beach time amidst my studies. I also took part in both traditional and contemporary cultural traditions, from the lantern festival to karaoke."

Susan (Plymouth, England)Chinese 2012