Oriental Studies

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Studying Oriental Languages at Oxford offers you a chance to learn in depth about a broad range of literatures and cultures, and to perfect your language skills. You are able to learn a new language from scratch and there are a wide range of options in fields such as art and archaeology, history, literature, philosophy, religion and modern social studies. You can also study core European languages along with a Middle-Eastern language. The course combines intellectual training – how to analyse, how to argue, how to read the meanings which lie below the surface of language – with the acquisition of practical skills: writing, comprehension and speaking other languages to a high level.

Students of Oriental Languages at Christ Church work hard for what is a richly varied and intellectually stimulating course, as well as participating in the exciting extra-curricular activities offered in the College and across the University as a whole. Most courses also offer the opportunity to spend a year in the region being studied. Graduates with Oxford degrees in Oriental Studies are highly employable in the UK and in other countries. Career options exist in finance, the media, commerce, the Civil Service, law, accountancy, and the arts to name but a few, and some 30% of Oriental Studies graduates go on to further study.

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