SOAS, University of London is the only Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. SOAS is a remarkable institution. Uniquely combining language scholarship, disciplinary expertise and regional focus, it has the largest concentration in Europe of academic staff concerned with Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Top 3 reasons to study here

  • SOAS is above the national average for student satisfaction at 89% (National student survey 2013).
  • SOAS has more than 5,000 students from 133 countries on campus, and just over 50% per cent of them are from outside the UK.
  • SOAS has the largest concentration of specialist staff (300+ academics) concerned with the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East.



The School was founded in 1916 as the School of Oriental Studies. It took its present title in 1938, by which time it had also established itself as a centre for African Studies. It moved to its present site in 1941.


More than 350 undergraduate degree combinations are available in social sciences, arts, humanities and languages, all with a distinctive regional focus and global relevance. And over 115 postgraduate programmes.

SOAS has over 115 postgraduate programmes taught on campus and a wide range of degrees, certificates and diplomas taught by distance learning, in the social sciences, humanities and languages, with a distinctive regional focus and global relevance.


SOAS is unique. It is the only higher education institution in the UK specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. With more than 300 academics dedicated to research and teaching in these areas, it has become one of the world’s leading institutions of its kind.

Our five centenary research themes frame the School’s key aspirations for its future research in the future.

  • Global voices
  • Heritage of humanity
  • Global interactions
  • Sharing a small planet
  • Global diplomacy and governance


We offer the following services to current students and recent graduates:

  • One-to-onecareers adviceon the application process, includingCVsandcovering lettersas well as advice on how to decide on acareer path
  • Practice Interviewsto help students prepare their upcoming recruitment process, including assessment centres
  • A large selection of SOAS-specificeventssuch as Careers Fairs, Alumni Workshops and Skills Sessions throughout the academic year
  • Assistance with navigating our virtual careers information resources such asCareers Taggedand theMoodle
  • Provide information resources, including books, onfurther study,internships,jobsandvolunteering

Short Courses

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (20)
Social Sciences (13)
Business & Management (6)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Law (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Short Course at SOAS, University of London!


Student services

A range of student services exist to help you during your time at SOAS. They provide an invaluable source of advice and support and are available to all students of the School.

Every student is assigned a personal tutor to answer any academic related questions or concerns. The Learning and Teaching Unit (LTU) provides additional support to make sure you have the best opportunity for developing your writing and other aspects of your study. A series of talks and workshops cover subjects such as effective note-taking, reading for study, writing an academic essay, giving a presentation, managing your work and doing exams.

Housing services

alls of Residence

Bed spaces are reserved for SOAS students in the following privately run halls of residence. Please click through for more information

Self catered accommodation
  • Dinwiddy House - SOAS students only
  • Paul Robeson House - SOAS PG students only
  • Urbanest St Pancras
  • Chapter Highbury
  • Helen Graham House
  • Goldsmiths House - Female students only
Catered accommodation

The following Intercollegiate Halls are run by the University of London. 105 places are reserved for SOAS students across the five residences.

  • College Hall
  • Connaught Hall
  • International Hall
  • Lilian Penson Hall
  • Nutford House

SOAS students can also apply to the following accommodation run by the University of London

  • The Garden Halls
  • Clandon House

Library services

The SOAS Library – recently refurbished – has more than 1.5 million items and extensive electronic resources for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and attracts scholars from all around the world.

ICT services

We maintain an eduroam enabled network for wireless and wired connectivity. This network is usable by staff and students of SOAS as well as other educational institutions who have eduroam enabled Once you are configured to connect to eduroam you will be able to connect to any other 'eduroam' enabled organisation you visit around the world.

Medical services

The University Central Institutions Health Service is located close to SOAS, and offers a wealth of experience in dealing with student-related issues such as study strain, stress, fatigue and exam nerves. All students are required to register with a doctor in London, be it the University service or another GP close to your term-time address.

Student Life

Campus life

Located in central London, SOAS is a short walk from many of London’s bars, cafes and world-famous social and cultural sights. The SOAS campus includes internationally recognised buildings like our Brunei Gallery, Japanese Rooftop Garden and a UK top-five library facility.

You’ll find making friends at SOAS easy by joining any of a wide range of sports, societies, events and student-led clubs. At SOAS University of London, you’ll study in a lively and international environment, where you will have the opportunity to excel in the subjects you already love, and in others that are just waiting for you to discover them.

Student clubs

Our Students' Union makes your life in London easier, more interesting and packed with things to do. With around 50 clubs and societies, we want students to get involved or even start their own club!

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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