Students are drawn to SOAS by its international reputation for academic excellence, as well as for the opportunity to study in a lively and international environment with like-minded individuals who feel passionately about contemporary world issues.
Undergraduates discover a fascinatingly diverse, lively and close-knit community on SOAS’s central London campus, and friendly fellow students who share an intellectual interest in the international issues in which SOAS specialises.
SOAS is a place for those who want to expand their horizons and develop a deeper understanding of the world; for those who want to re-examine preconceptions and not just accept the traditional status quo.
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. Additionally, more than 40% of undergraduate programmes offer the opportunity to spend a year studying in another country.
SOAS undergraduates aspire to varied and ambitious goals. Whether it be developing a career as a UN diplomat, dreaming of staging a kabuki play, or championing human rights, SOAS develops the skills for students to excel in their chosen area when they graduate.
“Amazing education and atmosphere”
“SOAS is amazing. I love my course and friends and overall vibe here.”
“Met great people and staff and admin are helpful.”
The SOAS Careers Service offers one-to-one advice on all aspects of applying for a job, from writing a stand out CV and cover letter, to prepping for interviews. There are also plenty of careers fairs and workshops available throughout the year to help you get an idea of the kind of industry you want to go into after graduating.
On the university’s JobOnline website, you will be able to find information on internships, work experience, voluntary work and graduate schemes.
Graduates have gone on to find work in companies including Oxfam America, The International New York Times, UNICEF and Save the Children, in roles varying from finance managers to journalists.
“They do have job fairs and a good careers department”
“There seems to be a lot on offer to help employment”
“They send a lot of email opportunities”
Student reviewers praised the enthusiastic and knowledgeable lecturers, many of which are world renowned in their field of study.
Courses are structured so you can tailor your degree to suit your own interests, with the choice of studying towards a single or joint honours degree. You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars, where you will talk about the readings from your modules in group discussions, while assessments will include essays, exams and group study projects.
Over 40% of the undergraduate programmes include the option to study abroad, enabling you to learn in a new environment, broaden your horizons and have the time of your life.
“Really stimulating, interesting people studying diverse issues/places/ideas/etc”
The Student Union at SOAS is made up of an Executive Committee, which includes three Co-Presidents representing Activities and Events; Democracy and Education; and Equality and Liberation.
SOAS also has a Class Representative scheme, where representatives from each class attend department meetings, becoming a vital part of the decision-making process at the university and ensuring that all students’ voices are heard.
Students praised the SU for being inclusive and open to all students, in particular their ‘suggest your ideas’ section on their website.
“An inclusive sense of community”
“I think they do a good job of organizing events”
"I love it"
There are 13 different halls of residence across London for SOAS students, with a range of catered and self-catered options to choose from.
Living in catered accommodation is ideal for those looking to save time and energy rustling up a meal every night, with two meals a day and brunch at the weekends being included in the price. Alternatively, a self-catered option will ensure you never have to worry about missing meal times and have the flexibility of eating on the go.
Facilities vary depending on the accommodation, but include Mac rooms, common areas, TV lounges, table tennis rooms, cinema rooms and en-suite bathrooms. All halls include laundry facilities and WiFi.
"Great for price and location”
“Accommodation provides the basic necessities”
"Love the location"
The university’s refurbished library is one of the five National Research Libraries in the UK. It is also considered to be the world’s most important academic library for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, with over 1.5 million books and electric resources in more than 400 languages.
On campus, you will also find two galleries, the Brunei Gallery and the Foyle Special Collections Gallery, both of which showcase a great range of artwork and artifacts from Asia, Africa and the Middle East, along with the university’s own collections.
Other facilities include an internet café, an ethical co-op, a book shop, a language centre and over 200 Macs and PCs across the two campuses.
The university also has a lively bar, with club nights, live music events and daily happy hours and drinks deals for you to enjoy.
“Facilities are modern and varied. SOAS library is epic”
“New senate building space is amazing”
“The library is excellent”
Student reviews highlighted the city as being a fun and exciting place to study in.
With the main campus situated in Bloomsbury, you will be in walking distance to the West End, as well as many of the capitals most iconic attractions, including The British Museum, the British Library and Regent’s Park.
You will also be close to the city’s parks and green spaces, farmers’ markets and Covent Garden, which is famous for its quirky shops and street performers.
Sports fans will be able to enjoy visiting Wembley Football Stadium, the tennis grounds at Wimbledon and the rugby at Twickenham, all within easy access from campus via the tube. There are also plenty of restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs all within walking distance.
“Enjoyable with plenty of interesting things to do in my spare time”
“Best city in the world!”
Societies at the university proved popular in our student reviews, being described as diverse and welcoming to every one of all levels and abilities.
You will be able to join societies ranging from the Alternative Fashion Society to the Bee Keepers Society, the Chinese Culture Society or even the Journalism Society. There is also a student newspaper, magazine and radio station for you to get involved with and dip your toes in the media industry. Sports clubs include Boxing, a Swimming team and Volleyball.
“Cool, very diverse”
“I love being a part of sport societies and charity societies at the same time. There is a huge variety”
The university offers a free and confidential counselling service for all students managed by its Welfare team. All students are also assigned a personal tutor to answer any academic-related questions or concerns.
The Student Disability and Dyslexia Support Team provide support for students with disabilities, depending on your needs and requirements.
Faith and prayer rooms are located across the campuses, while close to SOAS you will find The University Central Institutions Health Service, which can offer advice in dealing with student-related issues such as stress and exam nerves.
Students found the support services at the university to be easy to use and inclusive for everyone.
"TERRIFIC counselling and tutors/lecturers are very approachable"
"Good on all fronts"
UK per year: £9,250
International per year: from £17,750
SOAS offers an Access to Learning Fund, which is awarded using national guidelines to provide financial support to home students where access to education may be inhibited by financial considerations.
SOAS Childcare Fund
Limited funding is available for students who require childcare assistance.
SOAS Excellence Bursary
£7,500 over the duration of your degree is eligible to students in need of financial support, who demonstrate an outstanding academic potential.
Undergraduate SOAS Academic Excellence Scholarship
20 cash awards of £7,000 for new students based on academic merit and subject to meeting progression criteria.
Undergraduate SOAS Global Leadership Scholarship
10 scholarships for new students based on academic merit, a personal statement, and a 500-word essay.
SOAS Sanctuary Scholarship
Six scholarships are available for UK resident students with Limited Leave to Remain status, which will cover the fees of up to 3 years of studying.
To find out more about the scholarships available, head to SOAS’s website.
SOAS academics are engaged in fieldwork and research providing students with skills training for contemporary global issues as well as influencing government policy and the lives of individuals across the globe.
Languages and Linguistics
There are over 50 languages to study at SOAS, including languages of Africa, the Near and Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, and Central Asia. The department also has close ties to the Language Centre, where it is possible to study additional languages, including European languages: French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Students studying Languages and Linguistics are in demand in a variety of organisations, with graduates finding work as translators, research assistants and teachers.
For a place on the majority of undergraduate programmes, students will need to have obtained ABB grade in any subject at A level (or equivalent).
To find out more about the different courses to study at the university, along with the required entry grades, head to SOAS’s website.UCAS TARIFF CALCULATOR
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