Pre-Arrival and Welcome Arrangements

  • Please refer to SOAS' website for details.

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

  • All new undergraduates from outside London are advised to apply for a place in a student residence. SOAS has around 1,000 bed spaces available each year and while it tries to accommodate as many new students as possible, it is unable to guarantee campus housing for all new students. In practice all international students who apply by the deadline do manage to get accommodation.
  • SOAS students have exclusive access to 2 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 1 of the 7 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):

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
Dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine are the clinical subjects.

What Do International Students Study?