Study Abroad at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
- The leading institution in the world dedicated to the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
- A small and intimate atmosphere where research and scholarship are paramount.
- Student body is extraordinarily multicultural.
The School of Oriental and African Studies, or SOAS, as it is popularly known, is a specialist’s dream. You can choose to focus on development studies, law, and comparative religions, or music and film and media as it relates to these distinct regions of the world. A variety of languages are offered such as Pashto, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi and Yoruba, among many more unique course offerings.
While SOAS' Russell Square Campus and new Vernon Square Campus are situated in the center of London, you'll appreciate the friendly atmosphere found on each campus. With around 3,500 students, you will easily get to know many of your peers and have the chance to interact with world-class researchers and faculty. And, when it’s time for a break from all this cerebral activity, simply stepping out of the building will engulf you in the delightful chaos of London. Steps away are the libraries and Student’s Union of the University of London as well as all the resources and distractions of the city.
Courses may be selected among various departments. You will earn the following hours of credit:
- Fall and spring semester: 16 credits.
- Academic year: 30-32 credits.
GPA Requirements: 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
You are required to submit a second academic reference. Both references should be within your intended area of study. Please download the R-Form or you may have your reference send a letter on the letterhead of his/her institution.
You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation. You need to submit a complete application including a transcript, letter of recommendation and an advisor's form before your application will be considered.
- Fall semester: April 20
- Spring semester: October 15
- Academic year: April 20