The Faculty of Oriental Studies is home to a diverse range of languages and subjects that cover an enormous geographical area, from Morocco in the west to Japan in the east, and a long time span from the earliest civilizations that emerged in the fourth millennium BCE, to the present day! Twenty-five languages, both modern and ancient, are taught in our Faculty where undergraduates also have the opportunity to study literature, history, religion, and other aspects of a diverse range of contemporary world cultures.
In real-world demographic terms, the areas taught and studied in this Faculty represent well over half of the world’s current population, as well as covering many of the major civilizations of Asia and Africa. The subjects taught in this Faculty are far from marginal; they are right at the centre of our modern world!
An undergraduate degree in Oriental Studies at Oxford can open many doors, and our students have gone on after graduation to pursue a variety of career paths: from journalism to the NGO and business sectors, to translation/interpreting, publishing, and academia. To find out more about Oriental Studies, watch the videos on these pages.
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Why Oriental Studies?
Classics with Egyptology
Spanish & Arabic
Arabic & Islamic Studies
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