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Mikaela Parrack

I have had the chance to read the most up to date, often controversial and revealing perspectives on South Asia, presented by leading academics who will often actually be members of the South Asia Department Faculty itself. My choice to study at SOAS was the best decision I ever made; being a student here is an exciting and unique experience.

BA South Asian Studies and Development Studies

It was after my first trip to India that I became fascinated by its colourful and vibrant culture, it was a fascination that brought me to study BA South Asian Studies and Development Studies, a course that only SOAS could offer, in this sense and many other ways SOAS seemed the unrivalled choice.

As my interests stretched further than South Asia, the joint honours degree has allowed me to study more general topics on a global level, combining this with a focus on South Asia has fostered my passion for the region and given me the opportunity to study Bengali. The South Asian Studies course has, so far been truly insightful; we have had the opportunity to study everything from the languages of South Asia to its complicated history and politics. With such a diverse and multi-layered region there is certainly a lot to learn!

One of the most valuable things about studying at SOAS is the level to which your learning experience challenges many of the previous conceptions you held. I have had the chance to read the most up to date, often controversial and revealing perspectives on South Asia, presented by leading academics who will often actually be members of the South Asia Department Faculty itself. My choice to study at SOAS was the best decision I ever made; being a student here is an exciting and unique experience.