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Study Abroad: China or Japan? (HELP!)

ywjjloveywjjlove Posts: 3Registered User New Member
edited November 2012 in Study Abroad
I'm an international relations major, planning to choose either Chinese or Japanese as my second major (I'm currently taking both). I plan to study abroad next year (as a junior) but can't decide between China and Japan. If I followed my heart, I would be going to Japan because of my love for the language and culture. However, people are telling me that China would look better on my resume since its economy is growing and would likely offer more opportunities.

Which country is better for my major, and which country is more likely to help me succeed in the future?
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Replies to: Study Abroad: China or Japan? (HELP!)

  • MutaRiSCMutaRiSC Posts: 1,248Registered User Senior Member
    I would pick China.

    But why not Korea?
  • BlueJayBJBlueJayBJ Posts: 250Registered User Junior Member
    If you like Japanese go with Japanese. Asian languages for English speakers are languages that need full time devotion to get to any degree of fluency. Also I don't know where you study international relations or if the program has a strong Asia aspect but no IR professional would talk about the economy of China like it's still an unstoppable beast. In fact BRIC is already pass
  • browngradbrowngrad Posts: 16Registered User New Member
    china tends to have a larger impact career wise only if u plan on moving to china
  • ywjjloveywjjlove Posts: 3Registered User New Member
    As I am Korean and speak Korean fluently, I don't think going there to study would help me much.
  • ywjjloveywjjlove Posts: 3Registered User New Member
    Thanks for your input. I have been told by many professors that having fluent Chinese on my resume would considerably increase the number of job/internship offers that I receive, but your reply was quite informative.
  • RedSn0wRedSn0w Posts: 241Registered User Junior Member
    I think it comes down to what you make out of it. If you go to China for the purpose of having a good looking resume, are you really going to get what you want? I would go to Japan if that's where you want to go.
  • rmlm1912rmlm1912 Posts: 2Registered User New Member
    I recommend you Japan,because you like Japanese language.
    I think you should do what you want to do!!
    Japan is unique country and has unique culture.
    Studying abroad in Japan will be nice experience for you.
  • keepittoyourselfkeepittoyourself Posts: 1,476Registered User Senior Member
    Thanks for your input. I have been told by many professors that having fluent Chinese on my resume would considerably increase the number of job/internship offers that I receive, but your reply was quite informative.

    I think they may mean something stronger by 'fluent' than what most Americans mean by it.
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