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Studying the languages and cultures of Africa at SOAS

Facts and figures

ranked in the UK - NSS 2013


  • SOAS is the only university in the UK where you can learn a major sub-Saharan language (eg Hausa or Swahili), combined with more general (African) culture/language studies as part of a BA degree
  • NSS 2013 - 91% Teach 89% Overall 85% Learning Resources
  • NSS 2013 – Ranked 1st in the UK
  • 21st in the Guardian 2015 Guide (Languages and Linguistics combined)
  • SOAS joining the global elite for Modern Languages in the recent QS World University Rankings by Subject, where it has been ranked sixth in the UK and 32nd internationally


  • Home to the Journal of African Cultural Studies

Alumni and student stories

  • "To be here is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I can develop my academic skills and grow personally. My studies have been exciting and rewarding."

    Previously I just dreamed about SOAS. I had some lectures on Africa while studying Social Anthropology in Hungary, and I discovered that my professor had studied at SOAS. This made me work hard to join SOAS.

  • "SOAS provides students with plenty of flexibility to explore their talents and discover new ones."

    Being at SOAS is a privilege I have greatly appreciated academically as well as socially. It really is a gem that surfaces unheard voices and unseen faces.

  • "There are numerous academic resources if you need support and even more social events. It seems every country in the world is represented in the UK, so it is a true global experience!"

    The exposure to different perspectives was more than I could have ever imagined in another developed, English speaking country. The progressive students and faculty at SOAS challenged assumptions I have developed from my experience.

  • "SOAS is a great school to have on your resumĂ©. There is so much to see and experience in a multicultural city like London, you might not even want to leave. "

    One of the things I enjoyed the most was the size of the classes, as they are smaller than in Norway, and also the interaction between the students, and especially the interaction between professors and students.

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