About Us

East Asian Studies at Leeds


If you want to study an East Asian language - be it Chinese, Japanese or Thai, and learn about the cultures, societies, religions, literatures, histories, politics, economies and international relations of this dynamic region, then East Asian Studies has a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes to suit you. A highlight of our programmes is the opportunity to immerse yourself in your chosen language and culture during a study year abroad. We also offer non-language programmes, and the most Joint Honours combinations of any university in the UK.

We introduced Chinese Studies at Leeds in 1963. In the fifty years since then, we have grown into one of the largest centres of East Asian Studies in Europe. We are a vibrant scholarly community with students and staff from a variety of backgrounds and from all over the world. We also form part of the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC),  a collaboration with Leeds University Business School (LUBS) and the School of East Asian Studies (University of Sheffield).

We have more than 25 academic members of staff including many native speakers of Chinese, Japanese and Thai, and visiting scholars from around the world. We currently teach around 450 undergraduate, 50 taught postgraduate and 20 postgraduate research students. Our stimulating learning environment enables you to develop your interests in the region and equip yourself with a wide range of sought-after skills.

We now have an East Asian Studies Facebook page. It was originally created for the celebration of 50 years of East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds, so it contains photos and recollections from the department's past, as well as some of our latest news. You can also catch the latest news from the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies on its Facebook page here.