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Intercollegiate courses

Intercollegiate students fall into three main categories.

Choose from:
  • Joint degree students if you are  studying a degree programme that is jointly delivered by SOAS and another College of the University of London.
  • Incoming intercollegiate students if you are studying an undergraduate or Master's degree programme at another College of the University of London and you are eligible to take an intercollegiate option at SOAS.
  • Outgoing SOAS intercollegiate students if you are already studying a degree programme at SOAS and you are eligible to take an intercollegiate option at another College of the University of London.

Joint degree students

This is for undergraduate and postgraduate students on a degree programme taught jointly with another University of London college.

Examples of jointly taught degrees include:  
Degree ProgrammePartner College
BA French and an Asian or African languageUniversity College London (Lead College)
BA Geography and another subjectKings College London
BA Global Cinemas and Screen ArtsBirkbeck (Lead College)
BA History of Art (Asia,Africa, Europe)University College London
BA Turkish and Modern Greek StudiesKings College London (Lead College)
MRes Politics with a languageBirkbeck
Enrolment

We will send you all the enrolment information before you start your degree.

Make sure you complete enrolment before you begin your course at SOAS – and at the latest by the first Wednesday of term – to make sure we can assign you to your tutorial group by Week 2.

Here are our School term dates.

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Incoming intercollegiate students

If you are an undergraduate or Master's degree student registered at a participating University of London College, you may be able to take a course at SOAS as part of your degree.

Participating colleges
  • Birkbeck
  • Goldsmiths
  • King’s College London
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Queen Mary
  • University College London 
Eligibility

To be eligible, you must:

  • be currently registered for an undergraduate or master’s degree at a participating University of London College.
  • get academic permission from your home college to study a course at SOAS. And it must form part of your degree programme.
  • get administrative permission from your home college authorising the payment of relevant tuition fees to SOAS.
  • get academic permission from the SOAS Department or Centre where you will be studying a course. Email the appropriate Faculty Office in person for more information.
Application process

Please complete the Application to Study an Intercollegiate Course at SOAS (msword; 69kb) and obtain all three authorising signatures and stamps. Then send the form to the Admissions Department:

SOAS Admissions,
Room G1,
Thornhaugh Street,
Russell Square,
London, WC1H 0XG

Associate Admissions: associatestudent@soas.ac.uk

Our Admissions team will email you to confirm when your application is complete. We will issue you with a SOAS library card authorisation so that you can pick up your ID card.

Tuition Fees


Fees are charged to your college pro rata at the relevant standard SOAS undergraduate or Master’s fees rate.  For example, if you are a Home/EU fee status undergraduate student taking a full course unit at SOAS your home college will be charged 25% of the standard SOAS Home/EU undergraduate tuition fee, a half unit would be charged at 12.5%.
The tuition fees schedules can be found at Tuition Fees.

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Outgoing SOAS intercollegiate students

This is for SOAS undergraduates who want to take a course at another University of London College.

The restrictions on intercollegiate courses or modules in our Academic Regulations do not apply to you if the course forms part of the published programme specification.

Please note that postgraduate students are not permitted to take intercollegiate courses at other colleges unless it forms part of the published programme specification.

Participating colleges
  • Birkbeck
  • Goldsmiths
  • King’s College London
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Queen Mary
  • University College London 
Restrictions

You cannnot take an intercollegiate course if:

  • there is a suitable equivalent offered at SOAS
  • you are in Year 1 of your undergraduate degree programme.
  • it is not listed in your degree title (eg, if your degree is BA Politics, you can only take intercollegiate courses from the politics subject area at the other College). You cannot take an open option course at another College.
  • it is a language course, unless it has been approved under very exceptional circumstances by the relevant Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching

You are limited to two full intercollegiate courses (60 credits) during your whole degree. And no more than one full course (30 credits) in a year.

There are special requirements for the LLB degree - please ask the Law and Social Sciences Faculty office for more details

Application process

If you want to take an intercollegiate course at another University of London college and your programme structure permits it, you need to:

We’ll then email your SOAS account to confirm approval

Make sure you apply sooner rather than later. Some colleges have an earlier course sign-up deadline than SOAS so the courses may fill up quickly.

Make sure you include the course and college name in the Course Sign-up information you submit to your Faculty Office.

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Tuition Fees

Your tuition fee covers your study at both SOAS and the partner college. SOAS will pay the partner college directly.

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Regulations and procedures

Intercollegiate courses are governed by the regulations of the home college where the course is being taken. In our case, you will need to familiarise yourself with SOAS Degree Regulations and make sure you understand our rules for submitting coursework and sitting exams.

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Disability and Student Advice and Wellbeing

If you have a disability or Special Learning Difference and need help, please contact our Student Advice and Wellbeing team.

It is worth noting that any adjustments you’ve agreed with the disability office at your home college might not apply at SOAS. And vice versa. It’s best to check with the Student Advice and Wellbeing team.

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Contacts

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