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Intercollegiate courses

Intercollegiate students fall into three main categories.

Choose from:
  • Joint degree students if you’re studying a degree programme that’s jointly delivered by SOAS and another College of the University of London (UoL).
  • Incoming intercollegiate students if you’re studying a degree programme at another College of the University of London (UoL) and you’re eligible to take an intercollegiate option at SOAS.
  • Outgoing SOAS intercollegiate students if you’re already studying a degree programme at SOAS and you’re eligible to take an intercollegiate option at another College of the University of London (UoL).

And get more general information on:

Joint degree students

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

The restrictions on intercollegiate courses or modules in our Academic Regulations don’t apply to you if your course forms part of the published programme specification for the degree.

Examples of jointly taught degrees include:  
Degree ProgrammePartner College
BA African StudiesNew York University London
BA Ancient Near Eastern StudiesUniversity College London
BA French and an Asian or African languageUniversity College London
BA Geography and another subjectKings College London
BA Global Cinemas and Screen ArtsBirkbeck
BA Hebrew and another subjectUniversity College London
BA Hebrew and Israeli StudiesUniversity College London
BA History of Art (Asia, Africa, Europe)University College London
BA Modern Greek Studies and another subjectKings College London
BA MusicKings College London
BA Turkish and another subjectKings College London
MRes Politics with a languageBirkbeck
Enrolment

We’ll 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’re an undergraduate or masters degree students registered at participating University of London Colleges, you might be able to take courses or modules at SOAS as part of your degree.

Participating colleges
  • Birkbeck
  • Goldsmiths
  • Heythrop
  • King’s College London
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Queen Mary
  • University College London
  • School of Advanced Study
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 or module at SOAS. And it must form part of your degree programme. You’ll need to check with your home college about their application procedures before you apply to SOAS.
  • 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’ll be studying a module or course. Email the appropriate Faculty Office in person for more information.
Application process

As well as completing your own college’s application process, you have to fill out the Incoming Intercollegiate Application Form.

Make sure you get all three authorising signatures then send the form to our Admissions Department:

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

Our Admissions team will email you to confirm when your application’s complete. We’ll then issue you a SOAS library card authorisation so can pick up your ID card by the start of your course with us.

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Outgoing SOAS intercollegiate students

This is for SOAS undergraduates who want to take an open option at another University of London College.

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
  • Heythrop
  • King’s College London
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Queen Mary
  • University College London
  • School of Advanced Study
Restrictions

You can’t take an intercollegiate course if:

  • There’s a suitable equivalent offered at SOAS
  • You’re in Year 1 of your undergraduate degree programme.
  • They’re 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)
  • It’s a language course, unless it’s been approved under very exceptional circumstances, by the relevant Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching

You’re limited to two full courses (60 credits) of intercollegiate courses 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, please download and fill in this form. 

Before applying, you need to:

  • Get permission from the appropriate Programme Convenor at SOAS.
  • Visit the appropriate University of London college as soon as possible to fill in the necessary forms to make sure you’re enrolled on the course
  • Send the completed forms to the SOAS Registry

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. Go to our Tuition Fee schedule.

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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’ll need to familiarise yourself with our Degree Regulations and make sure your 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, get in touch with our Student Advice and Wellbeing team.

It’s 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

Ask a question about studying at SOAS.

Or email the Registry if you have any questions.

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