SOAS, University of London

SOAS, University of London (formerly known as the School of Oriental and African Studies) is the world’s leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. SOAS has a global academic base and is a crucial resource for London. Our world-class research and teaching in politics, law, culture, business and society equips people for a global economy and multicultural society. Our academic reputation (6th in the UK*) means that our experts are the first port of call for the world’s media, government and non-governmental organisations.

Our campus is in Bloomsbury, London’s historic quarter for learning and heritage, close to the British Museum and the British Library.

Why study with us?

SOAS offers world class teaching in law and social sciences, languages and cultures, and arts and humanities through 350+ undergraduate degree combinations and 200+ postgraduate programmes (taught and distance learning). We are one of the top four universities in London** ***, 26th in the world for arts and humanities**** and one of the UK top ten for modern languages*. Whatever your subject, you can deepen your study by focusing on one or more of our regions and every student is entitled to study one of our unrivalled range of non-European languages.

Our intimate size creates a strong sense of community. With one of the best staff-student ratios in the UK**, we achieve high levels of student satisfaction (89% for teaching*****). Many graduates go on to further study but a large proportion go straight into employment building careers as human rights lawyers, politicians, journalists, diplomats, ambassadors and scholars.


The SOAS Library is one of just five National Research Libraries in the UK, with 1.5 million volumes, books, periodicals and audio-visual materials. The Students’ Union provides students with social space and catering facilities, sports clubs and societies. SOAS has exclusive access to two student residences with individual study bedrooms with en-suite facilities.

Students have a wide range of support services from dedicated Welfare Officers, Counsellors, Chaplains and Careers Advisers to the Students’ Union.

*QS World University Rankings 2013
**Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014
*** Guardian University Guide 2013
****THE World University Rankings 2013
***** National Student Survey 2013

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London WC1H 0XG


+44 (0) 20 7637 2388



Number of students

Total 4,268
Undergraduate 56.73%
Postgraduate 43.27%
Mature* 41.33%
International 22.28%
* new entrants only