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International Students

Information for Current Associate Students

This page is for Study Abroad, Erasmus, Associate and Exchange students from Japan and Korea who are already enrolled at SOAS. 

We hope you enjoy your time at SOAS, whether it be for one term or the full year.  This page is designed to provide information that you may need in order to be successful in your academic studies and in getting the best study abroad experience.

Remember that if you have any questions, you can always contact the Study Abroad Coordinator in the International Office, room G1 (ground floor of the main building, behind the reception desk), studyabroad@soas.ac.uk or on 020 7898 4125.

Academic Study Support

The Academic Development Directorate (ADD) offers all students extra support with their academic studies.  All students can receive help, whether you are at SOAS for the full year or one term. The ADD runs one-to-one tutorials, workshops and also has 'help yourself' resources online.  You might wish to speak to them about:

  • Planning and structuring essays
  • Listening to lectures and taking notes
  • Managing your time
  • Giving presentations
  • Preparing for and doing exams
  • Working with long reading lists/ adapting to an independent learning style
  • Dyslexia/dyspraxia support

To find their resources, see a list of forthcoming workshops or to make an appointment for a tutorial, please see their section of the website: www.soas.ac.uk/add

Student Advice and Wellbeing

The main Student Advice and Wellbeing office is based at the Vernon Square campus, on the third floor. They can offer advice and support on a range of areas relating to student life, for example, on money and budgeting, health, faith and spiritual practices in London and complimentary therapies.  They also have the following specialist services:

  • International Student and Welfare Advice
  • Counselling
  • Disability Advice
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice
  • SOAS Chaplaincy (based in the Faber Building at Russell Square)

All services are free and confidential. For further information about all of these services, as well as information about their drop-in times, how to make an appointment and their online materials, please visit: www.soas.ac.uk/studentadviceandwellbeing/

Students' Union

All of the societies, events and facilities of the SOAS Students' Union are open to exchange, study abroad and associate students so get involved! The website (http://soasunion.org/) has a full list of all the societies available, an events calendar and welfare information and you can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Your student sabbatical officers are based on the ground floor of the main building at Russell Square, next to the student common room.

Those of you at SOAS for the full academic year will also be able to vote in the Union elections.

Assessments: Submission and Extensions

If you are at SOAS for the full academic year then you must complete the same assessments as the degree students in your classes; if you are at SOAS for term 1 only or terms 2&3 only you will have alternative assessments. Your orientation handbooks give full details.

There are two ways of submitting coursework at SOAS: either by hard copy to the faculty offices or via the BLE. Your lecturers can let you know which method they would prefer you to use. If you are asked to submit hard copies, you must submit two copies of the essay to the relevant faculty office and you will be given a receipt, which you must keep until you get your final transcript of grades. If you are asked to submit your essays via the BLE then make sure you are familiar with the process well before the deadline and that you get a receipt for the submission.

It is not possible to submit your essays directly to your lecturers or tutors.

Extensions are not given at SOAS: if you are unable to submit your work according to the deadline then you must hand it in as quickly as possible after that date and complete a 'late submission form' in the relevant faculty office. With this form you can explain why your work was late and attach evidence (for example, a doctor's note).

Please note that SOAS has a final School deadline, after which no essays (even with evidence) can be submitted.  The final School deadline in 2013/14 is Friday, 2nd May 2014.

Grade Conversion and Marking Guidelines

The marking system in the U.K. is different to that of the U.S.A., other parts of Europe, Japan and Korea. Even if you are completing the alternative assessments you will be marked according to the U.K. system. Each faculty has marking guidelines stating what you need to produce in order to achieve certain percentage marks. The marking guidelines can be found using the links below:

The grade conversion charts on the right of this page will give you an idea of how U.K. percentage marks compare to the U.S. and ECTS systems. Your home institutions will convert your grades so your final converted mark may differ to what is indicated on these scales but they should give you an idea of how you are doing.

Assessment Regulations and Plagiarism

Even if you are completing the alternative assessments you will be expected to follow the same guidelines and regulations as SOAS degree students. You will find a guide to SOAS regulations, including information on word counts and the penalties for plagiarism in the degree regulations document.

Plagiarism is taken very seriously at SOAS and includes using the exact words of others without indicating this with quotation marks and referencing, summarising another's work without referencing them and also using your own previous work without acknowledging this.  Each faculty has a plagiarism statement, which explains this more thoroughly:

Please take careful note of the regulations and reference your work properly. Full penalties will be applied even though you are not a degree student.