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Cornelia Rottenmoser

The quality of education and the reputation of the college are excellent and the teaching excels by far what I expected before becoming a SOASian. SOAS is incredibly diverse yet specialised in its approaches to studying the social sciences and the arts.

MSc in Global Energy and Climate Policy

As a student at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) I am exposed to many different ways of thinking, evaluating history and leaving the Euro-centric path of looking at historic and current events from a different angle. The whole community of students and researchers benefits from the School’s specialisations in these broad but incredibly interesting fields of studies by focusing on Africa and the Middle East, regions which rarely stand in the focus of academic orientation.

The quality of education and the reputation of the college are excellent and the teaching excels by far what I expected before becoming a SOASian. SOAS is incredibly diverse yet specialised in its approaches to studying the social sciences and the arts.

The abbreviation SOAS stands for School of Oriental and African Studies but to me it also could stand for school of openness and awareness in society or school of otherness and association in sociology. Being a foreign student and not being familiar with the British educational system I found open ears and helpful hands whenever I needed support from my lecturers and tutors.

SOAS is not only located in one of the most fascinating cities of Europe but lies in the heart of it. Access to other University of London  libraries is easy, the provision of study rooms is plentiful and the service provided by professors and administration is of high value. In the beating heart of the school, the JCR, where everyone comes together, no one ever stands alone but is part of the community of SOASians.  Most people at the school are very internationally oriented, and the networks I have established during my time at SOAS will conveniently travel with me anywhere I will venture to in the future.

Having been part of SOAS is something I never want to miss in my life and whenever passing through London I will come back “home” to SOAS for a visit.