University of Leeds

Arabic and Japanese BA

University of Leeds
In Leeds

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Leeds
Duration 5 Years
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Leeds
  • Duration:
    5 Years

Arabic is a vital language for understanding societies in the Middle East and the Islamic world. If you’ve never studied the language before, this degree will allow you to learn the language from scratch while gaining an insight into Islamic thought, Arabic culture and Middle Eastern history. A combination of core and optional modules will give you a firm grounding in the language and Arab and Islamic history while you study the topics that suit your interests.
Japan is an important player on the world stage. This degree will combine core and optional modules so you can learn Japanese from scratch, as well as gaining an insight into the culture, history and politics of Japan and East Asia as a whole. You’ll spend a year studying at a Japanese university to improve your skills, as well as studying topics from translation to Japanese cinema, Sino-Japanese relations and East Asian religions.

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Leeds (West Yorkshire)
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University Of Leeds, LS2 9JT


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· Who is it intended for?

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers. Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development.

· Requirements

A-level: AAB excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. GCSE: Grade 4/C in a foreign language

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4.0 17/07/2018
What I would highlight: To try to find accommodation close to the main campus but also close to the city center (my accommodation was not so close).
What could be improved: Nothing
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)
5.0 28/01/2018
What I would highlight: food is cheap, nightlife is quite expensive. If you rent an house in good position, as i did, you didn't even need a bus card. And if you take a university residence you will have free acces to gym, refectory etc.
What could be improved: Nothing to change
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)
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What you'll learn on the course

Communication Skills
Communication Training

Course programme

A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you’ll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects. You’ll study one of our cornerstone modules in Year 1 to draw your two subjects together, and apply your knowledge and skills to a major research project in either subject in your final year.


You’ll spend your first year studying core modules that develop your Arabic language skills and introduce you to Arab and Islamic history. All of this will prepare you for your time abroad, when you’ll study in an Arabic-speaking country to experience the local culture. When you return, you’ll take advanced language classes and study translation, as well as choosing from options such as Arabic literature, Middle East politics and Islamic Studies.


Core modules in your first year will develop your Japanese skills. You’ll also choose from optional modules on Japanese and East Asian culture and history. This will prepare you to study in Japan the following year, where you’ll build your language skills and gain first-hand experience of the culture. When you return you’ll take advanced language classes and choose from a wider range of optional modules on aspects of Japanese and East Asian politics, history and culture.


Year 1

Compulsory modules

Beginning Arabic 1 Beginning Arabic 2 Early and Medieval Islamic History Basic Japanese Language (1)Basic Japanese Language (2)

Optional modules
  • Japan in War and Peace
  • Japan: History and International Politics
  • Japan: A Cultural History from Buddhism to Murakami Haruki
  • Foundations of East Asia
  • Introduction to Religious and Philosophical Texts of East Asia
  • Introduction to East Asian Religions
  • LCS Academic Essentials

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Arabic Year Abroad

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Year Abroad in Japan

Year 4

Compulsory modules

  • Advanced Arabic Grammar and Translation
  • Essential Skills in Practical Arabic
  • Japanese 2A: Written Communication Skills
  • Japanese 2B: Spoken Communication Skills

Optional modules
  • Culture and Society in the Arab World
  • Modern Middle Eastern History
  • China Since 197920 credits
  • Japanese Literature in Translation: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan

Year 5

Compulsory modules

  • Advanced Skills in Arabic Language
  • Japanese 3: Advanced Communication Skills
  • Final Year Project: Dissertation
  • Final Year Project: Extended Essay
  • Final Year Project: Translation
  • Final Year Project: Extended Translation
  • Final Year Project: Digital Documentary

Optional modules
  • Islam and Modernity
  • East Asia's Regional Political Economy

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