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Guillaume Vandame

I really wanted to study History of Art and I knew that was my calling. After research, I found out that SOAS was a prestigious school with notable alumni and also that I could study History of Art and Law as a joint degree, which is perhaps the only school in the world that offers this at the BA level.

BA History of Art and Archaeology

I really wanted to study History of Art and I knew that was my calling. After research, I found out that SOAS was a prestigious school with notable alumni and also that I could study History of Art and Law as a joint degree, which is perhaps the only school in the world that offers this at the BA level.

My initial impression of SOAS was that it was extraordinarily different. I used to describe it as the ‘United Nations’ to friends and family, because of its diversity. Only here do we have a Swahili club and students who actually study Swahili, which is to say we are committed to our passions.

I must admit while I didn’t fit in immediately, I did find my place at SOAS. It took me until the end of my first year to realise that people were extremely non-judgmental and accepting of who you are as a person, which in itself is a triumph. 

Most of all I love the students here. They are incredibly supporting and comforting and they understand you. You can literally break out in spontaneous conversation with anyone studying in the library or someone at the bar. Even at the SU, the presidents can always take a moment from their busy day to talk.

The students are the power of SOAS, and breathe life into exciting and risky projects that most people would never attempt alone, or indeed outside of the campus. I love how they are different and how they bring a unique style to the place.