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SOAS University of London

SOAS University of London is an exceptionally cosmopolitan and diverse place to study, with a large number of international students. Degree combinations in a wide range of subjects provide many options for study in either single-subject or two-subject (combined) degrees. If language is not a core element of a degree, the Language Entitlement Programme provides the opportunity to include language learning as an extra activity entirely free of charge.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Bronze is awarded to institutions that deliver teaching, learning and outcomes for their students that meet "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

International Student Statistics

1,880 international students in 2016–17

Welcome Arrangements

  • SOAS runs a Welcome Week at the start of term to introduce students to their studies.
  • A range of student services exist to help international students with issues relating to visas, funding, advice and well-being.
  • SOAS produces webinars on subjects such as Living in London and Tier 4 Visa Applications.

English Language Requirements

To ensure that SOAS students have a sufficient standard of academic English to study effectively, all non-native English speaking applicants are required to submit evidence of their current level of academic English.
  • Current requirements are: IELTS: overall 6.5 or TOEFL iBT: 100.
  • Further details are available on request from the International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies (IFCELS) department.

Accommodation for International Students

  • SOAS students have exclusive access to two residences – Dinwiddy House and Paul Robeson House, located on Pentonville Road, a 20-minute walk from Russell Square. These are self-catering with shared kitchen facilities.
  • SOAS students are also entitled to apply for a place in one of the seven intercollegiate residences owned and maintained by the University of London (approximately 190 places are allocated to SOAS students). This offers a valuable opportunity to mix with students from other colleges of the university. Intercollegiate halls provide catering, offering breakfast and evening meals on weekdays and meals at weekends.
  • All accommodation has Internet access.
  • International students are spread evenly throughout the accommodation, rather than clustered together.

Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2017–2018). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Undergraduate (£) Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 16,575 18,075–19,750
Mixed - -
Laboratory - -
Clinical - -
Classroom
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Mixed
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Laboratory
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.