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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: BC applicants only
Quick Facts:
Quick Facts:
Accommodation: Student Residence GPA Requirement: 3.3
Language of Instruction: English On-Site Staff: BC Resident Director, International Student Office
Click here for a definition of this term BC Program Type: BC Program Program Manager: Larry Pickener
Program Description:
The University

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.

LondonThe Program
Students are fully integrated into SOAS. More information regarding abroad at SOAS

On-site Staff

Helen Reed
BC Resident Director - BC in London

University Address:
SOAS Student Recruitment Office
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square

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.

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.

Course information 

  • Fall Term: Starts in mid-September and ends in mid-December
  • Spring Term: Starts in early January and ends in early June.*
*The spring semester exam schedule is not released until late spring semester. Spring term students should be prepared to stay at SOAS until the end of the term. Taking exams early or outside of established SOAS regulations is not allowed.


Housing fees will be paid by students directly to SOAS and costs vary according to the type of accommodation assigned. 

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.



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.

Cultural Activities

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. SOAS also sponsors a dynamic lecture program with lectures, concerts, film screenings, etc. offered throughout the year by SOAS and visiting faculty and scholars.