SOAS University of London
- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
SOAS University of London welcomes the brightest minds to study on its central London campus with like-minded individuals who feel passionately about contemporary world issues.
UCAS Code: S09
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Level of study
- Undergraduate 50%
- Postgraduate 50%
Mode of study
- Full Time 82%
- Part Time 18%
Where students come from
- UK 57%
- EU 14%
- Other 29%
- Male 35%
- Female 65%
Student Services and Facilities
Libraries and Information Services
- The SOAS library is the UK National Research Library for Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
- The library houses over 1.3 million volumes, together with a major collection of digital resources, archives, manuscripts, rare books, and special collections.
- Students at SOAS also have access to the main University of London library in Senate House, as well as other libraries belonging to colleges of the University of London.
- SOAS' location in central London ensures there are plenty of part-time job opportunities for students to take advantage of.
- The SOAS Careers Service is the dedicated provider of careers advice, events and information services for current SOAS students and alumni, providing support in the search for part-time work, internships or full-time jobs after students graduate.
- The service offers confidential, one-to-one careers advice and resources on how to decide on a career path. This includes advice on the application process, CVs, interviews or practice interviews, and assessment centres.
- Information is given on internships, full-time jobs, part-time jobs, recruitment agencies and volunteering; and the JobOnline vacancy service advertises opportunities, providing a Job Alert service direct to students who register.
- There are also resources on starting a business, and student enterprise.
- SOAS offers a Student Advice and Well-being service.
Counselling and Mental Health Support
- SOAS offers a confidential student counselling service.
- The SOAS Student Disability Office provides information, advice and support to disabled students, from when they first apply to when they graduate.
Other services and facilities
- SOAS' expansion in 2016 into the north block of the iconic Senate House building provided students with a variety of new learning spaces, seminar rooms, lecture theatres and breakout spaces – as well as cafés and informal social areas.
- SOAS Students' Union is a bustling and diverse environment, which offers support and representation for all SOAS students.
- The SOAS SU is one of the most politically active in the UK and has the largest proportional turnout in SU elections in the country.
- The SU has approximately 150 clubs and societies, covering sport, political debate, cultural issues and everything in between.
- SOAS celebrated its centenary in 2016 and continues to chart a course as a scholarly resource of global relevance for the 21st century.
- Founded in 1916 as a college of the University of London, the School of Oriental Studies took in its first students at the start of 1917.
- In the late 1930s the school expanded, and with the aid of a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation founded the Department of African Languages and Cultures – adding 'African' to the name of the school in 1938.
- SOAS lecturer William McGovern was an inspiration for the film character Indiana Jones.
Notable Alumni and Famous Faces
- Professor John Atta Mills – former president of Ghana.
- Zeinab Badawi – TV and radio reporter and news presenter.
- David Lammy – MP for Tottenham, former minister of state for higher education and member of the SOAS International Advisory Board.
- Paul Robeson – American actor, singer and civil rights activist.
- Dame Freya Stark DBE – travel writer; one of the first Western women to travel through the Arabian deserts, often alone. Joined the Ministry of Information during World War II and contributed to the creation of a propaganda network aimed at persuading Arabs to support the Allies or at least remain neutral.
- Fatima Bhutto – poet and writer; granddaughter of former Pakistani prime minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and niece of the late Benazir Bhutto.
- Jamie Drummond – co-founder and chief strategy officer for ONE, a global advocacy organisation which arose out of the Jubilee 2000 Drop the Debt campaign.
- Jemima Goldsmith – writer, human rights campaigner and fundraiser for several national and international charities. She is associate editor of New Statesman and the European editor-at-large for Vanity Fair.
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