Get involved in a multi-cultural ‘school for diplomats’

This lively and diverse university is known colloquially as the 'school for diplomats' as it attracts so many international students who are passionate about world affairs and who go on to lead very internationally-focused careers. Even the character for Indiana Jones was inspired by a SOAS lecturer! Maybe you can be one of these intrepid students, hanging out in the beautiful Japanese rooftop garden at SOAS main campus in central London.

As the only institution in the UK that specializes in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East, SOAS University of London has a unique academic approach in courses like non-governmental organizations and development to international politics, music, anthropology, economics, art history and the comparative religions. Its Language Centre offers an unparalleled range of non-European languages such as Persian, Thai, Sanskrit, Urdu, Hindi, Arabic, Cantonese and more, taught from beginner to advanced levels. Its international and inclusive heritage is apparent in the energy of its diverse student body, committed to tackling global issues large and small—if this excites you, it may be a great program option.

The most interesting aspect of being a student at SOAS is the diversity of the students on campus. They are from all over the world. ”

Olutosin Adinyode

Amherst College Student, SOAS, University of London

  • Learn more about our Arcadia London Center.

  • In the 2019 Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings SOAS was ranked third in the world for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal “Peace Justice and Strong Institutions”.

  • You’ll have access to the SOAS Library, considered the UK’s national library for Asian and African studies. The collection includes over 1.2 million volumes in more than 400 languages.

  • You’ll quickly become active on-campus through the bustling Students’ Union, home to a number of clubs and societies with organized events like world music concerts, guest speakers, panel discussions, and even a produce co-op. You’re also welcome to use the Student Central facilities in central London.

  • Situated on one charming campus, you’ll be located in the intellectual and literary Bloomsbury quarter, a London neighborhood rich in culture—which is also home to the Arcadia London Center! The newly developed North Block is part of the iconic Senate House library building. You will find state of the art study spaces and the one-stop-shop for student support, the Student Hub. 

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Spring 2023 1/3/2023 6/17/2023 16 $28,060 10/15/2022 More Info
Fall 2023 9/19/2023 12/16/2023 16 $26,125 4/20/2023 More Info
Academic Year 2023 9/19/2023 6/15/2024 32 $49,985 4/20/2023 More Info
Spring 2024 1/2/2024 6/15/2024 TBA TBA 10/15/2023  

Program fees listed are base fees only. Please select MORE INFO for an estimate of additional expenses and any additional fees that may be incurred based on enrollment selections or housing placements. Dates and fees for future terms will be posted as they become available. Please see Program Calendar for detailed dates.

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