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International Year Abroad Student Testimonials

Hirsh Jain, Harvard University, Law School

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Hirsh Jain

Simply put, I can't imagine a better study abroad experience than the one that SOAS provided.

Soohyun Nam, Waseda University

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Soohyun Nam

I chose SOAS because of its uniqueness. Academically and socially SOAS has a very unique environment


Katarina Starcevic, Georgetown University
Katarina Starcevic

Everyone has an amazing story to tell and SOAS creates an open and engaging environment in which to hear from everyone.

Dong-Kyung Lee, Korea University

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Dong-Kung Lee

My experience here of studying Buddhism and Taoism was highly inspiring


Tamara Bah, American University, Washington
Tamara Bah

Living in London was the best experience of my life thus far. Kings cross was a great location to live in.

Karoline Tufte Lien, University of Oslo

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Karoline Lien

SOAS is a great school to have on your resumé. There is so much to see and experience in a multicultural city like London, you might not even want to leave.


Sonja Bartsch, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Sonja Bartsch

I met so many people from different countries, which was an unbelievable experience. Here you can find friends for a lifetime from all over the world and it definitely broadens your horizon.

Hannah Brower, Smith College

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Hannah Brower

If you think you might pass it up because it might not be an adventure- think twice. I know I had my heart set on something exotic like India, but London has been more than I could have wanted.


Sara Iannone, Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”

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Sara Iannone

London is really a city for young people and sometimes you get lost in the sea of possibilities that it offers... I enjoyed living in London, it was magical.

Roku Foku, Vassar College

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Roku Foku

The lecturers are passionate about teaching and the students have a passion to learn.


Joshua Tan, Monash University

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Joshua Tan

Be open and friendly, you will enjoy yourself.

Natalie Chaney, Washington University in St. Louis
Natalie Chaney

When you come to London, you don’t just come to exchange ideas with the English, but to exchange ideas and culture with people from all of the world. This is especially true at SOAS.


Suzanne Jacobson, Hamilton College
Suzanne Jacobson

It’s important to remember that your time here is limited and that you should take advantage of all of the opportunities that this experience has to offer, whether it’s meeting new people, wandering the streets, visiting a museum, or travelling to new countries.

Simge Erdogan, Boğaziçi University

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HI-Simge Erdogan

SOAS is more than a university, it is a lifestyle. Every moment I spent at SOAS was a memory and every memory at SOAS was unforgettable.


Caitlin Ryan, Georgetown University

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Caitlin Ryan

From the day I arrived I have been telling people that London is the most diverse place I have ever lived

Mariam Kandil, Sciences-Po Paris

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Mariam Kandil

If you ever have this opportunity, don’t think twice!


Hannah Fitzpatrick, Barnard College

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Hannah Fitzpatrick

For the first time in my college career, I felt like I belonged to an intellectual community

Katja Utz, University of Heidelberg

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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.


Katherine Wycisk, Wake Forest University

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Katherine Wycisk

Londoners are the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, and one conversation will shatter forever the image of the British as cold and aloof.

Kemi Oyewole, Spelman College

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Kemi Oyewole

There are numerous academic resources if you need support and even more social events. It seems every country in the world is represented in the UK, so it is a true global experience!


Alexis Berko, Wesleyan University

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Alexis Berko

What was unexpected and my favourite part about studies at SOAS is that in my classes, I could more or less choose the direction in which my studies were going

Ramy Sedhom, Siena College

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Ramy Sedhom

London is definitely an ideal place for a university student and I believe that the city prides itself on that


Jason Hill, Tufts University

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Jason Hill

SOAS has exceeded my expectations; in fact, I could not be happier with my lecturers and their courses

Ranya Saadawi, Columbia University

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London is a phenomenal city to live in. On any given day there are plenty of things (free or cheap as well!) to do


Michael Sinacore, Boston College

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Mike Sinacore

Living in Dinwiddy was amazing. My flatmates were all very welcoming. Because of them, I feel like I got a full British experience

Tora Toreng, University of Oslo

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Tora Toreng

I really enjoyed the language course. The teachers are amazing and give every student the attention they need.


Inger Lise Ellingsen, University of Oslo

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Inger Lise Ellingsen

The best way to find something to do is to follow the weekly SOAS student email, where most student societies and activities are posted.

Kate Van Akin - Harvard University, Law School

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Kate Van Akin

My courses far exceeded my expectations – I felt like a kid in a candy shop! I looked forward to my lectures and devoured my readings.


Hristina Racheva, INALCO France

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Hristina Racheva

London is city that offers a thing to everyone. Luckily, most of these “things” are available for free or at a low price if booked in advance.

Franziska Korn

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Franziska Korn

I will remember great and long-lasting discussions, helpful and open-minded people and teachers who have time for their students.


Fiorella Cerbasio, Erasmus

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Fiorella Cerbasio

London is amazing. It is a big city, there is always something going on, always something interesting to do.

Farida Begum, Barnard College

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Farida Begum

The people are nice, the academics are inspiring, and the city is marvellous! Why would anyone not want to come?!