More students are studying Japanese and Korean in the U.K. too

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This Guardian article reports that the number of students studying or majoring in Korean and Japanese has increased at the universities in the U.K. according to the recent report by the University Council of Modern Languages (

Quote: “Interest in anime, gaming and K-pop is fuelling a boom in Korean and Japanese university degrees that is helping to revive modern languages departments struggling with falling enrolments.

Acceptances to study Korean more than trebled from 50 to 175 between 2012 and 2018, while Japanese places grew by 71% in the same period, according to a report published this year by the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML). More students now study Korean than Russian, and more take Japanese than Italian, the report shows.”

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