SOAS, University of London

London, United Kingdom
With its vast repository of knowledge and expertise on the regions of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, SOAS is uniquely placed to inform and shape current thinking about the religious, political, cultural and economic challenges of our world.
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Why should I study here at SOAS, University of London?

  • Challenge perspectives in a complex world
SOAS scholars grapple with the pressing issues that confront humanity – democracy, development, human rights, identity, legal systems, poverty, religion, social change – whilst at the same time acting as guardians of specialised knowledge in languages, periods and regions not available to study anywhere else in Europe.
  • Join an international community
Our community is diverse, multinational and vibrant, welcoming the brightest minds from over 130 different countries. SOAS has the ninth highest percentage of international students in the UK (Complete University Guide 2015), making it a diverse cultural hub at the centre of one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.
  • A rigorous academic environment
SOAS is first in the world for quality lectures and course content, and second globally for expert lecturers in the latest student survey (Student Barometer 2014). We’re a world-class institution for teaching and research, with one of the best student-staff ratios (11:1) in the country.
  • A friendly, vibrant campus in the heart of the world's greatest city
London's rich cultural and social life is literally on our doorstep. It offers students an unparalleled environment in which to live and study, being a centre for government and law, Europe’s leading financial market, a style-setting centre of multi-cultural life and intellectual hub. SOAS' small size and low ratio of staff to students makes an intimate community at the centre of the university quarter of historic Bloomsbury, with the world renowned British Museum and the British Library close by.

About SOAS, University of London

At SOAS, you can choose from a range of programmes in the arts, humanities, languages, law or social sciences, each with global relevance and specialist teaching in the regions of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Whether you want to specialise in a specific geographical region or gain knowledge of a range of global issues, our flexible programme structure allows you to tailor your programme according to your interests. Every student is also offered the opportunity to learn a language alongside their programme through the Language Entitlement programme.


  • The SOAS Library

The SOAS Library is one of only five National Research Libraries in the UK, with more than 1.2 million items and extensive electronic resources in 400 languages. As the national library for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East it attracts scholars from all over the world.

  • Language laboratories

Dedicated language laboratories and two open-access language resource rooms are available to language students, and a recording studio provides facilities for the production of audio and video. Students and staff also have access to satellite television offering up to 80 channels.

  • The Brunei Gallery at SOAS

The Brunei Gallery hosts a changing programme of contemporary and historical exhibitions from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. With permanent rotating displays of the School’s own collections in the Foyle Special Collections Gallery and the Japanese Roof Garden, the gallery is a stimulating space on Museum Mile in London. It’s open Tuesday to Saturday and admission is free.

  • New learning and teaching facilities at Senate House

SOAS has recently acquired the North Block of the University of London Senate House, which is due to open in summer 2016, just as we celebrate 100 years since the School was founded. This iconic, Grade II listed building was designed in the 1930s to rival Oxford and Cambridge. As SOAS embarks on its second century, it will offer state of the art research, teaching and student provision, all in one precinct.

Student life at SOAS, University of London

SOAS is known around both the University of London and the wider community in Bloomsbury as a social hub. Our Junior Common Room is famous for its music scene, helped by the output of the much-acclaimed SOAS Radio, having played host to everyone from Manu Chao to Nirvana. Our bar has served for decades as the home of after-hours discussion, debate and other important activities.

From Brixton’s cafés, to the art rooms in Hackney, from the restaurants on the route of the Notting Hill Carnival to the waterside pubs in Greenwich, SOAS students are known in every corner of the London community for their friendliness and diversity.

At SOAS, the capital’s rich intellectual, cultural and social life is on your doorstep, and you can choose from a huge range of attractions and opportunities that suit every taste and budget. Being a student at SOAS — which means you are also a student at the University of London — gives you a chance to enjoy the finest cultural attractions on offer.

SOAS is located between the City of London and the West End, and just around the corner from the British Museum, so students are only a short walk away from a wealth of galleries, theatres and museums, palaces, parks, squares, restaurants and shops, as well as London’s famous and familiar landmarks, such as the Elizabeth Tower (home to Big Ben), the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square.

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