[skip to content]

Stephanie Koch

If I were to describe SOAS in one sentence it would say that you will hear at least six different languages on the same day while you casually walk through the corridors of the university.

BA Mandarin Chinese & History

I came to study at SOAS because of its good reputation in Mandarin Chinese, but also because of its central London location and its international, multicultural student body. Of course another reason was because of its specialisation in the study of Asia, Africa and
the Middle East.

The thing I have liked most about my course is that it isn’t afraid to challenge convention or the status quo, for example the Eurocentric view, which pops up from time to time. It also encourages me to challenge (and get rid of) my own stereotypes.

Following on from that, the best thing about my time here is noticing how your points of view change, you think you know something about a subject but once you seriously start examining it, you notice you actually do not know anything. 

If I were to describe SOAS in one sentence it would say that you will hear at least six different languages on the same day while you casually walk through the corridors of the university.