SOAS is a great place to study Ethnomusicology. It has the flavour of the world spread through the music made by the students, lecturers and guests. I chose SOAS because it is the only place in London where I could gain a broad knowledge of Music in the Middle East. I could be in touch with organisations related with my studies based at the college.
The course assignments are structured in a thoughtful way which allowed me to progress gradually along my path. The lecturers are open to hear your inclination and favourite topic so they could help in developing it. Moreover, the opportunities offered parallel to the course are great. There are free concerts with widely recognised musicians from all over the world. And if you are a musician the opportunity to organise and play with them is very high. I had chance to attend a training workshop organised by the Music Department for future job opportunities.
The student life is very lively and colourful. There are different student societies created around the Music Department. It is possible to learn, experiment with new instruments and to create an ensemble to perform at school. I felt it was a year full of opportunities for me to grow in my studies and along my human path too. The school is very concerned with ethical policy which creates the feeling of living in a safe island all year through.