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Academic Development Directorate

Summer Schools for Year 12s

SOAS, University of London is the only university in the UK specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  SOAS summer schools grapple with some of the pressing issues — democracy, development, human rights, identity, poverty, religion, social change — confronting these regions and our globalised world.

SOAS Summer Schools last for four days. During each summer school students attend lectures by leading academics, take part in a debate, engage in study skills sessions and receive personal statement advice. Participants meet and work with current students and have a Q&A sessions with recent graduates.

During June and July of 2015 SOAS will be offering four subject-specific summer schools for students in Year 12 and we hope that you will want to join us for these exciting opportunities.

The SOAS Summer Schools are for students currently in Year 12, attending state schools or colleges in London. They are all free, non- residential and will be held at the Russell Square campus, running approximately 9.30am - 3.30pm each day.

Politics Summer School
Tuesday 16th June - Friday 19th June

Do you have a passion for international relations? Would you like to gain more of an insight into studying the politics of Africa, Asia or the Middle East at university? If you enjoy thinking about states, people and power in a globalised world, then the SOAS Politics Summer School is for you.

History Summer School 
Monday 22nd June - Thursday 25th June

Are you a budding historian? Would you like to gain more insight into studying history at university? If you enjoy analysing facts and exploring sources then be a part of the SOAS History Summer School.

Law Summer School 
Tuesday 30th June - Friday 3rd July

Do you enjoy solving problems and developing lines of argument? Want to learn what justice means to different people, and how laws interact? Gain an insight into studying law at university with the SOAS Law Summer School.

Development Studies Summer School 
Tuesday 7th July - Friday 10th July

Are you concerned about global social and economic changes and the major policy challenges they present? This Summer School will focus on how we can 'do good', this will include looking at how the choices we make as consumers impacts the people who make the clothes we wear. 

Applying for a Summer School

There are a limited number of places available for each summer school and a mixture of academic and widening participation criteria will be used to allocate places. 

The application is available to download on the top right hand corner of this page. The application deadline for all Summer School programmes will be Friday 3rd April.

If you have any questions about the summer schools then please e-mail wpteam@soas.ac.uk

Please see below for information on what happened at the summer schools in 2013 and what participants thought:

SOAS Summer Schools 2013

In the summer of 2013 75 students from London schools and colleges attended the SOAS History, Politics and Law summer schools, jam-packed with lots of activities. Students attended lectures, engaged in study skills sessions and language tasters, gained tips from recent graduates and worked in groups to prepare for debates and presentations. On the Law Summer School, leading academics lectured on international law, family law and dispute resolution, and approaching law as a lawyer.  At the History Summer School, participants were given a world-class insight into using maps, music and photographs to analyse complex histories. During the Politics Summer School participants focused their attention on the implications that conflict has on politics in some of the world’s most relevant and talked about regions.

Not only did the summer schools give students a taste of university, it also provided an extra-curricular experience which many students felt would make a valuable addition to their CVs or UCAS Personal Statements.

Twitter was buzzing with feedback such as:

“SOAS Politics course has finally ended and exceeded my expectations completely. I see why it’s such a highly regarded political institution”.

“it was highly interesting…I totally want to come to @SOAS now”

“The summer school is the only thing that motivates me to wake up so early and make this 2 hour journey”

“law summer school is over :’( can I just skip A2 and go to SOAS please”