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)

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International Student Statistics

1,740 international students in 2017–18

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.

Quick Guides to International Tuition Fees and Finance