Ranked among Europe’s top ten universities, SOAS offers the unique opportunity to combine a British higher education experience with specialist studies of the languages, cultures, and societies of Africa, Asia, and the Near and Middle East. Study abroad students at SOAS choose from over 350 courses in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Faculty of Languages & Cultures, and the Faculty of Law & Social Sciences, each with a distinctive regional focus.
Students are integrated into the regular university curriculum at the host university. Each institution offers a wide-ranging curriculum that enables students to design a discipline-specific program to suit their major program of study.
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SOAS Student Recruitment Office
Academics & Support
Students studying at SOAS for the full academic year are expected to take four units, which is a full course load in the UK. Students studying at SOAS for just Term 1 or just Terms 2 and 3 are expected to take four courses and do not need to be concerned about the unit value. A unit is either 0.5 or 1.0. Courses or modules are less structured than courses at Boston College. Students are expected to do much more independent reading. Students’ grades will be based on a limited number of assignments. It is likely that ones grade will be based on one final exam or paper.
Course information for SOAS is available here
Students should consult the host university’s course pages to review any course requirements, restrictions or limitations. Students should review and understand the information provided by the host university.
- Fall Term: Starts in mid-September and ends in mid-December
- Spring Term: Starts in early January and ends in early June.
Housing fees will be paid by students directly to SOAS and costs vary according to the type of accommodation assigned. Study abroad students will most often be placed in Dinwiddy House. These buildings are adjacent to the Vernon Square campus and a 15-minute walk from the main campus at Russell Square.
Each building has single rooms with ensuite bathroom facilities and telephone/internet connections. The rooms are in clusters of six or seven rooms sharing kitchen facilities. Students who receive university housing will sign a Housing Contract with SOAS (similar to a lease).
For spring and full year students, if exams are over in the early part of the examination period, students will still be responsible for paying the rent on the housing to the end of the exam period.
Accommodations and housing fees are here
Each apartment is equipped with a kitchen. Students shop for themselves and cook in the apartment. There are numerous shops and restaurants located throughout the city.
The BC resident director organizes monthly activities for all students studying in London that have included museum and theatre visits in London and trips to Brighton and Hastings. In addition, as members of their host university, students are also encouraged to participate in university-sponsored events and student union activities, clubs and societies, and sports.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of their membership to the SOAS Student Union
. Students are also enrolled in the University of London Union (ULU)
. The ULU building is only a short walk from the Russell Square campus and has a swimming pool, gym facilities, lounges, and various student shops. SOAS also sponsors a dynamic lecture program with lectures, concerts, film screenings, etc. offered throughout the year by SOAS and visiting faculty and scholars.
Students may purchase pre-paid cell phones upon arrival (these do not require a contract).
London has one of the most extensive public transportation systems in the world. Options include using the Underground (Tube), bus, Docklands Light Rail, or tram system for less expensive transportation options. The Oyster Card is available for all of the previously mentioned methods of transport and is the cheapest and most efficient way to pay for public transportation.
Helpful websites are:
Transport for London