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SOAS University of London

Thornhaugh Street Russell Square London View map
United Kingdom
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Founded 100 years ago, SOAS University of London has produced groundbreaking research shaping policy, politics and discourse in the fields of human rights, development, law and religion, to name a few.

SOAS offers a broad range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as distance learning, foundation degrees and summer school.

An international campus in the heart of London
With 130 nationalities represented on campus, SOAS is one of the most international universities in the world, with the proportion of international students around five times the global average, according to the QS World University Rankings® 2018.

Studying here means having the chance to visit international galleries, see musicals, opera, plays, and explore London’s vibrant nightlife. With all this on your doorstep, the British capital offers an unparalleled student experience. Situated in Bloomsbury in London, SOAS is within walking distance of the British Museum, British Library, Regent’s Park, the West End and a cluster of other London universities.

Profiling the SOAS student
The SOAS student is passionate about her field, happy to learn a second language and most of all seeks to engage with multiple perspectives to shatter preconceptions and prejudice. SOAS has a reputation for really breaking the mould when it comes to encouraging independent thought, debate and individuality among students.

Webinars to help you get started
SOAS runs webinars on topics like admissions, visas, tuition fees, funding, housing, career tips and specific courses. Find out about any undergraduate and postgraduate webinars relevant to you.
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For a relatively small higher education institution, SOAS is fortunate to have outstanding facilities, both scholarly and practical.

  • The Brunei Gallery, opened in 1995, provides a 40-room conference venue at a convenient, central London location. These facilities are run by the SOAS Conference Office.
  • The SOAS Library - recognised as a collection of national importance - houses over 1.3 million items in more than 400 languages. It has significant archival holdings and a growing network of electronic resources.
  • SOAS has ranked in the top 5 universities nationally in terms of Library and IT expenditure per student.
  • There are eight Regional Centres that coordinate regional expertise and run programmes of seminars, workshops and conferences to provide up-to-date and in-depth knowledge.

SOAS Students’ Union is a bustling and diverse environment, which offers support and representation for all SOAS students. It is our role to make sure that all our students’ – be they international, home, part-time or full-time – voices are heard. We do this in two ways, first via the elected officers on the Union. We have four sabbatical co-presidents who work full time to represent you. They attend School committees and lobby management on issues raised directly by students. There are also ten part time officers who have various portfolios to work on.

Representation also occurs at a course level. SOAS has one of the best Class Representative schemes in the country (the model for a number of other Universities). Each class has a representative who attends departmental meetings and is a vital part of decision-making processes on the lowest level. Not only does this ensure students voices are heard on every level, but that more students can be involved democratically with the direction the Students’ Union chooses. We recognize that we can only be representative by getting people involved.

There are many other ways students can get involved with the Union. We have approximately two hundred clubs and societies, covering sport, dining, political debate, cultural issues and everything in between. We want to get students involved, and if the particular interest you have is not represented then it is easy to set up your own society. It is our job to make your life in London easier, more interesting and packed with things to do. The Union puts on plenty of events, both inside and outside of SOAS.

In addition to all of this the Union runs the bar in SOAS, a popular meeting place for students and a Café - convenience store which is the cheapest place to buy your pens and papers in the area. SOAS Union is your Union, we exist to give you a voice and to entertain you – and hopefully to help you get involved.  See the website for more information:


Admissions Policy

The nature of the School places diversity at the centre of life at SOAS.  As such we are committed to providing high-quality education to all, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, or national origin, gender, religion or belief, sexual identity, sexual orientation, or any other factor not relevant to academic achievement.  Further information about admissions is available on SOAS website, or by email:  [email protected]

Undergraduate application

Postgraduate application

International Students FAQs

English Language Requirements 

Research degree admissions FAQS

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

 · One-to-one careers advice on the application process, including CVs and covering letters as well as advice on how to decide on a career path

· Practice Interviews to help students prepare their upcoming recruitment process, including assessment centres

· A large selection of SOAS-specific events such as Careers Fairs, Alumni Workshops and Skills Sessions throughout the academic year

· Assistance with navigating both online and printed information resources, such as MySOAS Student, Assessment Day and GoinGlobal

· Access to CareersZONE, our online system for searching for jobs, internships, voluntary work and employers

For more information, visit us in SL62, Lower Ground Floor, Senate House North Block, SOAS University of London or follow us on Facebook and Twitter!


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Undergraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Arts & Humanities

Life Sciences & Medicine

Social Sciences & Management

University Highlights

Total students - 4,683


International students - 2,373


Total faculty staff - 476


Total students - 4,683


International students - 2,373


Total faculty staff - 476



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