SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

IFCELS Entrance Tests in London and Abroad

All applicants to ICC Foundation and FDPS Pre-master's programmes are interviewed and some are required to sit an entrance test. After we receive your application, we will inform you how we plan to consider it.

Students whose English level meets our entry requirements can be considered by a Skype interview (and in some cases an emailed essay), but we also run tests and interviews at SOAS and in other countries - see below.

Candidates applying from countries not listed below should send their applications to ifcels@soas.ac.uk or by post to the address given on the front of the application form and we will confirm arrangements for testing and interview.

Students intending to apply for SOAS or University of London accommodation are advised to make an early application for the programme, and by May 2017 at the latest. Students who apply later may not receive an offer for university accommodation.

Please also see the IFCELS International Visits Page for details of when our staff will be in your country.

  

London 

Entrance tests and interviews for 2017 entry to ICC Foundation and FDPS Pre-master's programmes will begin in January 2017 and will run on a regular basis until early September 2017, as below*:

  • Friday 6 January
  • Wednesday 15 February
  • Wednesday 29 March
  • Wednesday 12 April
  • Wednesday 3 May
  • Wednesday 17 May
  • Wednesday 31 May
  • Wednesday 14 June
  • Wednesday 28 June
  • Wednesday 5 July
  • Wednesday 12 July
  • Wednesday 19 July
  • Wednesday 26 July
  • Wednesday 2 August
  • Wednesday 9 August
  • Wednesday 16 August
  • Wednesday 23 August
  • Wednesday 29 August
  • Wednesday 6 September

*Dates subject to change

China 

Entrance tests for applicants for ICC Foundation and FDPS Pre-master’s programmes starting in September 2017 will be held in six cities in China between November 2016 and July 2017 as follows:

  • 3 December: Shanghai
  • 4 December: Beijing
  • March 2017: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan and Chengdu
  • May 2017: Beijing , Shanghai and Shenzhen
  • July 2017: Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou

Exact dates will be posted here as soon as they are known and full details of the venue and times will be will be sent once we receive your fully completed application. To reserve your place on a particular test date, please send your application by email at least one week in advance to ifcels@soas.ac.uk.

Applicants who have already met the English language requirements for the programme can be considered by Skype interview and, in some cases, an essay test by email so they can be tested at any point throughout the year.

 

Japan 

The next opportunity for in-country testing and interview for students in Japan will be in March 2017.

In the meantime, please send applications to ifcels@soas.ac.uk and we will contact you about forthcoming tests and interviews. Suitably qualified candidates can be considered by Skype interview.

 

Korea 

The next opportunity for in-country testing and interviews for students in Korea will be in early December and then March 2017.

We also hope to run regular entrance tests in Seoul from April through to July 2017 combined with Skype interviews. Watch this page for details.

In the meantime, please send your application by email to ifcels@soas.ac.uk. Suitably qualified candidates can be considered by Skype interview.

 

Thailand 

The next opportunity for in-country testing and interviews for students in Thailand will be in February or March 2017.

In the meantime, please send your application by email to ifcels@soas.ac.uk or by one of our in-country representatives. Please see IFCELS Staff Visits to Thailand for the latest information on representatives.

Suitably qualified candidates can be considered by emailed essay or Skype interview at any time.

  

Bahrain, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Kuwait, Taiwan & Turkey 

Interviews and tests may be available by arrangement when IFCELS staff visit the above countries. Please see IFCELS International Visits for the latest information. Otherwise applications will be considered by Skype interview and, if required, essay test so please go ahead and submit your application at any time.