SOAS, University of London

Why SOAS, University of London?

SOAS programmes are taught by respected specialists engaged in fieldwork and research, which influences both government policy and the lives of individuals across the globe.

Students are typically passionate about their subject and opt to learn a second language. They love to learn and travel, are curious and enjoy being surprised, and are interested and engaged with the world around them.

The school aims to add and enhance to these attributes by offering courses of study which give students the opportunity to look at their subject(s) from multiple perspectives. The university challenges preconceived ideas through debate with fellow students and tutors and to overturn unexamined assumptions, helping students develop careers that make a real difference in the world.

SOAS offers an extensive range of exciting courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, Masters’ degrees and diplomas by distance and online learning, foundation programmes for pre-university study, as well as a range of shorter language courses and summer school options. Additionally, more than 40% of undergraduate programmes offer students the opportunity to spend a year studying in another country.

International Students

SOAS’s proportion of international students almost exceeds five times the global average, according to the QS World University Rankings. With 130 nationalities represented, the campus is part of the most international universities in the world.

International students discover a fascinatingly diverse, lively and close-knit community on SOAS's central London campus, with friendly fellow students who share an intellectual interest in international issues. It is a place for those who want to expand their horizons, develop a deeper understanding of the world, re-examine preconceptions to not just accept the traditional status quo.

The university is within walking distance of the British Museum, British Library, the shops of the West End and London’s vibrant culture and entertainment – an unparalleled student experience within the best student city in the world.

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

  • Degree combinations in law, politics, economics, finance, business, management, the arts, humanities and languages provide many options for study, in either single-subject or two-subject combined degrees
  • 5,200 undergraduate and postgraduate students studying on campus
  • More than 300 academics providing the largest concentration of specialist staff engaged in the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East
  • Notable alumni include Luisa Dias Diogo, former Prime Minister of Mozambique; Paul Robeson, American singer, actor and civil rights activist; David Lammy, UK politician; and Freya Stark, explorer and travel writer

Contact

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School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1H 0XG

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."