Julian Bentham: What it’s like studying Japanese at university

After completing his A levels at Christ the King Sixth Form College, Julian Bentham moved up north to study at the University of Sheffield. His degree may eventually take him much further afield however, as his chosen subject is a BA (Hons) in Japanese Studies.

Julian eventually plans to move to Japan to teach English.

He spoke to our Alumni team about his university course, his future plans and how CTK helped him get where he is today.

“CTK gave me the work ethic I need to succeed at university,” he said. “College helped me to develop an independent attitude towards my learning, whilst providing an environment where I was supported if I slipped up.

“The greatest challenge I have faced at Sheffield University however, is the intensive workload of the Japanese Studies course,” said Julian, who studied A Levels in Maths, English Literature, History, Biology and Critical Thinking at CTK.

Japanese Studies at the University of Sheffield is a four-year degree which gives the opportunity to reach a high level in Japanese language as well as learn about the history, culture, politics and economy of the country, among other aspects. The third year is spent abroad in Japan.

“The highlight of university so far for me has been meeting loads of amazing people, both on my course and through various societies,” said Julian.

“Once I’ve completed my degree I hope to go and teach in Japan.”

Finally, we asked Julian if he had any advice for fellow CTK students hoping to progress to university. He said: “Do a bit of work each day, join loads of societies, and meet and connect with as many people as you can. You probably won’t be in this kind of environment again in your life so make the most of it. “