Information for offer holders on single and joint honours degree programmes involving Chinese. 欢迎 / 歡迎
Welcome from Professor Jeremy Robbins, Head of School
Thank you for your interest in the subject area of Chinese. Whichever programme you hold an offer for, congratulations on receiving it! I’m delighted that you are interested in studying with us, and we very much hope that you will join our community.
The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) offers one of the widest range of languages of any UK university. Our students and graduates tell us that they value the School’s friendliness, the connections they have made here, and the in-depth guidance of our staff, who are experts in their field and passionate about what they do.
We specialise in teaching students with varying amounts of language experience so, whatever your existing level, you will be in good hands. As well as the School’s professional Student Support Office, Chinese Studies has its own Peer Support Group, and being part of our Asian Studies department means getting to know students and staff in Japanese and Korean too.
Ordinarily, we’d be welcoming you to our building in the heart of the University of Edinburgh’s Central Area, just across George Square from the Main Library where collections include the Chinese and East Asian Studies Collection of 50,000 print and digital resources. As we can’t do that just now, we’ve provided as much information as we can here to help you on your way to choosing the right university for you.
Good luck, and we hope to see you in September.
Recording from our recent offer holder event
If you missed our live subject presentation, catch up now to learn more about Chinese at Edinburgh and the range of support and opportunities available to you throughout your studies.
- Video: Chinese Offer Holder Subject Session 2021
- Our academic staff explain what it will be like to study Chinese at Edinburgh
The programme at Edinburgh is unique in its structure because it allows you to not only study Chinese language with your peers, but also delve into China’s history, literature and film under the guidance of renowned lecturers. One of my favourite aspects of studying at Edinburgh is being able to connect with other students studying Chinese from across all four years; they are always willing and enthusiastic mentors.
The detailed content of your degree programme has now been published in our Degree Programme Tables for 2021 entry.
What is my Degree Programme Table (DPT)?
Your Degree Programme Table provides information about what you will study on your programme at Edinburgh and how you will be assessed.
The information is correct for the academic year 2021-22. Your DPT will be updated each year that you study at Edinburgh, so details may change for future years of your programme.
Please note, there may be some minor changes to your degree programme since you applied, but the structure and compulsory courses remain the same.
What should I look out for?
As part of your programme you’ll take a selection of courses (some are compulsory and some you can choose yourself). Each course is assigned a number of credits and you’ll need to take 120 credits worth of courses each year.
Your DPT will show which courses are compulsory, which optional courses are open to your programme, and how many credits each course is worth.
You should also check your DPT to see whether there are any prerequisites (e.g. specific qualifications) you need to have to take a particular course.
Choosing your courses
You will make your course choices at the start of the academic year.
There will be a virtual Course Options Fair, where you can pick up more information on courses available within your programme.
You will be able to discuss your options with us, including availability of courses and timetabling. Some courses may have a limited number of places or you may find that the courses you’d like to take conflict in terms of scheduling, so you’ll need to consider a range of options.
We will be able to help guide you as you select your path of study.
The student-run Tandem Language Exchange helps members find language exchange partners in lots of languages, including Chinese. The group hosts weekly language cafes, monthly speed linguas, and other language-themed events.
This year, we've also been working with Edinburgh Global on the eTandem Global languages programme and vlog competition. Our students have had the chance to make new friends in different universities worldwide, practise languages, and learn more about each other’s culture.
Srishti Kashyap, a student of Chinese, and her partner Shiqi (Lisa) Yang were runners up in the vlog competition.
All our Chinese programmes include time abroad studying in either China or Taiwan. If you’re taking Chinese and another language, you’ll spend time in two countries to practise both languages.
For you, the Year Abroad will be the 2023-2024 academic year, your third year as an Edinburgh student. It will be your chance to turn classroom learning into living engagement with Chinese and East Asian culture, developing lots of skills that you will use after university and that employers love to see.
If international travel restrictions mean that you cannot go abroad, don’t worry. You will be offered alternative ways of engaging with your subject(s), allowing you to meet your learning outcomes and prepare for your final year.
Find out more about Go Abroad opportunities at the University of Edinburgh and hear from our Study and Work Away Team.
One of the benefits of taking a four-year degree is the chance to study different subjects in your first two years. Most of our degree programmes have this flexibility.
If you love languages, and Chinese is the only one you are studying with us, why not pick up another language while you’re here?
We have a very wide range of languages to choose from, either as part of your programme, as a short evening course with the Centre for Open Learning, or socially.
The majority are suitable for complete beginners - no previous experience required!
Take a look around our School, and the wider University, with our Virtual Visit. Look inside 50 George Square (where Chinese is based), check out the campus libraries and points of interest, and get a feel for what it's like to study and live in Edinburgh.
We currently plan to deliver a mix of in-person and digital teaching for the academic year starting in September 2021.
We’re monitoring government guidance on Covid-19 prevention measures and we’ll adjust our 2021-22 plans in response to any relevant changes.Current plans for teaching and learning in 2021-22
Lucilla Luprano has just been voted in as the Student Association’s Undergraduate Rep(representative) for the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) for 2021/22.
Asked what advice she has for school leavers starting university this year, she says: "No matter how scary it seems, just jump into all the opportunities you find interesting. Four years are actually shorter than they seem."Find out more about Lucilla’s role in LLC
What happens next?
We'd love you to accept your offer and become part of our community.
If you do accept your offer, you will receive further information about what to do next, including details of our New Students website and information about Welcome Week.