Are you interested in studying Japanese? Would you like to master specialist language skills whilst gaining an introduction to the culture, society, history, economy and politics of the region? This programme brings together expertise in all these different fields to give you a well-rounded understanding and appreciation of the Asia Pacific region, built on a foundation of your specialist language training. You’ll study using the latest industry-standard equipment in professional interpreting suites and gain practical experience during your year abroad. No previous knowledge of your chosen language is required, although a post A Level route is offered for Japanese. With Asia Pacific countries playing an important part in the modern world economy, you will be set apart from other UK graduates with competency in your chosen language as well as transferable skills and a knowledge of the region that will prepare you for work in a multitude of industries in, or engaged with the Asia Pacific. On graduating from this course, you could enter occupations such as translation/interpreting, journalism, travel and tourism, working for international airlines, facilitating business between Asia Pacific and English speaking contacts and working for local governments in promoting Japan, China or South Korea. You could also teach English in Asia Pacific language schools or universities. You could have the opportunity to gain practical experience during your year abroad as a part-time language assistant, and in translation and interpreting by assisting local businesses in their dealings with Asia Pacific partners. Short-term internships are also offered by the Worldwise Learning Centre, the School’s centre for advancing language learning across the University. You will have the opportunity to engage in cultural activities through various events organised by the Asia Pacific Studies course team, as well as through the Worldwise Learning Centre, the Confucius Institute, the Institute for Korean Studies and the strong community of student societies related to the Asia Pacific including the Korean Society, the Japanese Society and the Chinese Language and Culture Society.