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Heidemarie Jahn, 3rd Year

The campus is just one big condensed version of the globe itself for students from all kinds of ethnic and professional backgrounds!

BA Development Studies and Social Anthropology

Studying at SOAS has been an amazing experience for me that could hardly have been matched by any other university! The campus is just one big condensed version of the globe itself for students from all kinds of ethnic and professional backgrounds!

On a typical day at SOAS, it is not uncommon to come in for your class and hear Arabic, one African and one East Asian language in the hallway while trying to dodge a student rolling an impressive South East Asian xylophone by on one side, a researcher precariously balancing a stack of books from the heavenly and ever-surprising collection of the SOAS library (eg “Fighting for American manhood : how gender politics provoked the Spanish-American and Philippine-American wars”) before you make it into today’s Development Studies lecture about Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers and Structural Adjustment Policies of World Bank and IMF.

In the evening you might attend in a talk by a journalist from the Economist about the current political situation in Thailand or take part in an event of one of the around 100 Clubs and Societies (eg Model United Nations, Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines or the terrific 150-strong World Music Choir). There is only one place like this!