SOAS at a glance
SOAS has the highest concentration of specialist staff (300+ academics) concerned with the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East at any university in the world.
Small-group teaching remains an important feature of study at SOAS, and our student/staff ratio (11.3:1) is one of the best in the UK.
350 degree combinations
More than 350 undergraduate degree combinations are available in social sciences, arts, humanities and languages, all with a distinctive regional focus and global relevance.
SOAS offers an unparalleled range of non-European languages, all of which may be studied without prior knowledge. The school was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2009 for the excellence, breadth and depth of its language teaching.
The recently refurbished SOAS Library has more than 1.5 million items and extensive electronic resources for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and attracts scholars from all around the world.
SOAS is above the national average for student satisfaction at 89% (National Student Survey 2012).
Over 133 countries
SOAS has more than 5,000 students from over 133 countries, and more than 50% of them are from outside the UK.
Just over 24% of undergraduates are over 21 when they start their course.
There is a roughly equal split between undergraduates (55%) and postgraduates (45%).