SOAS, University of London

SOAS, University of London (the School of Oriental and African Studies) is Europe's only higher education institution specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East

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Why SOAS, University of London?

SOAS has the largest concentration of specialist staff concerned with the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East of any university in the world.

The school's small-group teaching is an important feature of study at SOAS – its student-staff ratio (11.3:1) is one of the best in the UK.

More than 40% of its undergraduate degree programmes offer the opportunity to spend a year studying in another country.

Famous for its language teaching, SOAS offers an unparalleled range of non-European languages, all of which may be studied without prior knowledge. The school was recently awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for the excellence, breadth and depth of its language teaching.

First-class facilities include the school's recently-refurbished library, which has more than 1.5 million items and extensive electronic resources. It is the national library for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, attracting scholars from around the world.

International Students

SOAS has more than 5,000 students from 160 countries on campus, and 38% of them are from outside the UK. This makes SOAS an exceptionally cosmopolitan and diverse place to study.

A special welcome day is organised for all international students that usually takes place on the weekend before the start of the autumn term.

Additional English language courses are available if you feel you need extra help with your English.

The student welfare officer can offer advice on matters such as visas, working in the UK and your finances.

The Students' Union has its own International Officer, as well as a number of regional societies where you can meet your countrymen and women.

What Students Say:

"The highlight of my academic studies at SOAS did not come from a book or a teacher – although I certainly loved the education I received – but instead from the students. Where else in the world will you find students from six different continents all in one classroom? Learning about everyone's different cultures and experiences was something that can never be bought, even in the most advanced and cultured of institutions."

Ramy Sedhom, Arabic 100, Death and the Meaning of Life, The Christian Scriptures and History of the Near and Middle East.
Quick facts
  • About 4,000 students and more than 300 academic staff.
  • A variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes including foundation degrees, distance learning and flexible non-European language training courses.
  • More than 350 undergraduate degree combinations are available in social sciences, arts, humanities and languages. More than 115 postgraduate programmes are available.
  • Notable alumni include Prime Minister of Mozambique Luisa Diogo, politician David Lammy MP and Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.
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School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1H 0XG

SOAS, University of London
Student Testimonials

"The highlight of my academic studies at SOAS did not come from a book or a teacher – although I certainly loved the education I received – but instead from the students. Where else in the world will you find students from six different continents all in one classroom? Learning about everyone's different cultures and experiences was something that can never be bought, even in the most advanced and cultured of institutions."

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