About the School of Oriental and African Studies
SOAS is home to a number of Regional Centers of study such as: the Center of Contemporary Asia and the Caucasus, the Center of Near and Middle Eastern Studies and the Center of South Asian Studies. You'll have access to SOAS' library, which houses close to one million volumes in more than 400 languages and is considered the United Kingdom's national library for Asian and African studies.
A full-time course load normally includes four courses per semester. At SOAS, you can expect a faculty-to-student ratio of one to 12. Teaching is conducted primarily through lectures, seminars and tutorials, which are supplemented by language laboratory work where appropriate.
Arcadia University College of Global Studies guarantees your accommodation and handles these arrangements for you. Your housing application will first be submitted for accommodation in SOAS housing, which features single, en suite bedrooms with shared kitchens in modern flats. If housing at SOAS is not available, you will be assigned to a shared room in a furnished flat or student house operated by Arcadia University. Arcadia's accommodation, which requires an additional charge, provides cooking facilities so you can prepare your own meals. All housing operated by Arcadia University is in residential areas of London that are near shopping and easily accessible by local transportation.
Finally, you'll benefit from SOAS' membership in the University of London system, which is made up of more than 50 colleges and institutes throughout London. As a student who attends a member college, you can use the libraries and facilities of most member colleges or institutes.
Additionally, you'll be welcome to use the system-wide University of London Student’s Union, located in central London. In addition to bars, restaurants and an entertainment venue that attracts major bands and comedy acts, you'll find the Union equipped with shops, a fitness center and weights room, health spa, squash and badminton courts, and an international-size swimming pool.