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Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

Student Profiles

Some of the things our students and alumni have said about us:

Gregory Bilotto

SOAS has a long tradition of training future academics, linguists and leaders for the fields of Oriental, African and Middle Eastern cultures.

Beatriz Cifuentes

BA History of Art/Archaeology and Tibetan

Beatriz Cifuentes: BA History of Art/Archaeology and Tibetan

When I heard about SOAS I immediately knew it was the school for me.


Xavier Fournier

MA History of Art and Archaeology (Near & Middle East & South East Asia)

Xavier Fournier

The insight provided, knowledge delivered and understanding transmitted during lectures, seminars and conferences at SOAS is impressive and requires real personal involvement in the topics.

Elizabeth Kelly

MA History of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East

Elizabeth Kelly

Studying Islamic Art History at SOAS has been one of the most engrossing, pleasurable and rewarding pursuits I have undertaken.The SOAS academics I encountered are exemplary. Their scholarship, first hand experiences and enthralling anecdotes brought their subjects to life. Within this rich and rigorous environment, also supported by access to other SOAS departments and the numerous co-curricular resources available in London, it is inevitable that students strive for excellence.


Vaishnavi Patil

SOAS is a vibrant place filled with diversity.

Katja Utz, University of Heidelberg

Study Year Abroad

AA-Katja Utz

The UK and especially London is a great place to study. SOAS in particular offers a warm and hearty atmosphere with the opportunity to study at a renowned university and get to know people from everywhere in the world.


Guillaume Vandame

BA History of Art and Archaeology

Guillaume Vandame

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.