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International Students

Current Study Abroad/Exchange Students

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.

Pastoral Support, Academic Advisors & Faculty Point of Contacts

Pastoral Support

Study Abroad Coordinator
Coryn Shiflet is your main point of contact before arriving at SOAS and during your time here. Contact: studyabroad@soas.ac.uk

Academic Advisors 

Academic Advisors can offer advice and guidance on all aspects of study and academic life at SOAS

Study Abroad Student Academic Advisor
Dr. Shabnum Tejani, st40@soas.ac.uk

Erasmus StudentAcademic Advisor 
Dr Nima Mina, nm46@soas.ac.uk

Japanese StudentExchange Academic Advisor
Dr Isolde Standish, is16@soas.ac.uk

Korean Student Exchange Academic Advisor
Dr Jae Hoon Yeon, jy1@soas.ac.uk

Faculty Office Support

Faculty office points of contact can offer advice and guidance on navigating individual courses within particular Faculties. 

Languages & Cultures Point of Contact
Sarah Goodyear (sg81@soas.ac.uk, Room 351) 

Law and Social Sciences Point of Contact
Andy Chavez Ocana (ac125@soas.ac.uk, Room 201)

Arts and Humanities Point of Contact
Karen Philpott (kp20@soas.ac.uk, Room 327)

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.  Full year students are expected to be present for Term 3 exam period and cannot expect alternative assessment arrangements to be made to accommodate travel wishes.  

If you are at SOAS for either Term 1 only or Terms 2/3 then you will follow our Alternative Assessment Policy. 

Term 1 only Alternative Assessment Policy
  • Undergraduate students: one essay of 4000 words maximum, due by the Friday of Week 1 of Term 2
  • If preferred by individual lecturers, this could be split into two essays with a maximum total of 4000 words or one presentation with one shorter essay. Note: if this option is chosen, the first Assignment should be due on the Friday following Reading Week and the second assignment should be due by the Friday of Week 1 of Term 2
  • Postgraduate students: one essay of 3500-5000 words maximum, due by the Friday of Week 1 of Term 2
  • Languages and other courses which need to be assessed with an end of term test will need to have assessments arranged before the end of Term 1.

 

Term 2/3 only Alternative Assessment Policy

  • Undergraduate students: one essay of 5000 words maximum, due by the Monday of Week 2 of Term 3
  • If preferred by individual lecturers, this could be split into two essays with a maximum total of 5000 words or one presentation with one shorter essay. Note: if this option is chosen, the first Assignment should be due the last day of Term 2 and the second Assignment should be due by the Monday of Week 2 of Term 3  
  • Postgraduate students: one essay of 3500-5000 words maximum, due by the Monday of Week 2 of Term 3
  • Due to the cumulative nature of language courses, students joining language courses in January are expected to sit final examinations in Term 3
  • Term 2/3 who join half unit courses in January (in which there is an exam) are expected to be present for the Term 3 exam and cannot expect alternative assessment arrangements to be made to accommodate travel wishes.

 

Submission/Extension

All coursework should be submitted via the BLE in the appropriate submission point. If you have a question about this, please contact your course convenor and/or the Faculty office directly.  

Extensions are not given at SOAS: if you are unable to submit your work according to the deadline then you should either 

  1. Hand it in as quickly as possible after the deadline and complete the 'late submission' portion of the Non/Late Submission Form, or 
  2. Just complete and submit the 'non-submission' portion of the Non/Late Submission Form.  

With this form, you must also demonstrate your extenuating situation or 'mitigating circumstances' and attach evidence (for example, a doctor's note). More information about the Non/Late Submissions Form can be found on the Late coursework, non-submission, and absence from exams website. 

Please note that SOAS has a final School deadline, after which no essays (even with evidence) can be submitted.  

All marking must be done within 3 weeks of the due date (4 weeks if the course has more than 50 students).  Each course convenor must either indicate the students' mark on the BLE, and/or notify the Faculty office directly of the students' mark.   

2014/2015 Dates (Note: guideline and course convenors may have tweaked dates slightly; please confirm directly with course convenor) 
  • Term 1 only: If one assignment, then due on Friday 9 January 2015. If two assignments, first due on Friday 14 November 2014 and second assignment due on Friday 9 January 2015. All marks due Friday 30 January 2015.
  • Term 2/3 only: If one assignment, then due on Monday 27 April 2015. If two assignments, first due on Friday 20 March 2015 and second assignment due on Monday 27 April 2015. All marks due Friday 22 May 2015.  
  • Final School deadline in 2014/2015 is Friday 1 May 2015. All assignments must submitted before this date.  

 

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.

SOAS Credit Conversion to your Home Institution

If you come for the full year, then each full year course will earn you 1 unit. If you come for either Term 1 (Autumn semester) or Term 2/3 (Spring Semester), then each course will earn you 0.5 unit.
It is up to your home institution how they choose to transfer your SOAS credits but we provide this information as a guide.  

Undergraduate:
ECTS: A full/maximum course load for one academic year is 4 units and is the equivalent of 60 ECTS points.  Therefore, each SOAS undergraduate unit is worth 15 ECTS points, and a half SOAS unit is worth 7.5 ECTS points.

US CREDITS: A full/maximum course load for one academic year is 4 SOAS units and is the equivalent of 24 or 32 credits (whatever is the full course load for your institution).

Postgraduate:
ECTS: A full/maximum course load for one academic year is 3 units and is the equivalent of 67.5 ECTS points.  Therefore, each SOAS postgraduate unit is worth 22.5 ECTS points, and a half SOAS unit is worth 11.25 ECTS points.

US CREDITS: A full/maximum course load for one academic year is 3 SOAS units and is the equivalent of 24 or 32 credits (whatever is the full course load for your institution).

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:

  • Arts and Humanities plagiarism statement 
  • Languages and Cultures plagiarism statement
  • Law and Social Sciences plagiarism statement

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.