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International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

IFCELS Entrance Tests in London and Abroad

Most 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 telephone or 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 in order to receive an offer by May 2016 at the latest.

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 2016 entry to ICC Foundation and FDPS Pre-master's programmes will begin in February 2016 and continue on a regular basis through to early September 2016.

The first four dates are:

Wednesday 10 February

Wednesday 16 March

Wednesday 13 April

Wednesday 4 May

Tests will continue every two weeks in May and June and every Wednesday through July and August. A full list of dates will be posted here in February.

Applications for IFCELS 2016 programmes should be emailed to ifcels@soas.ac.uk.

China

Entrance tests and interviews for ICC Foundation and FDPS Pre-master’s programmes starting in September 2016 will be held on a regular basis from early December 2015 through to mid July 2016.

Details of the next tests are:

Saturday 19th March in Beijing

Sunday 20th March in Shanghai

Further details about the test and venues 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 will be given the option of a Skype interview and, in some cases, an essay test by email so they can be tested at any point throughout the year.

Hong Kong

Details of the next entrance tests and interviews for students wishing to join the ICC Foundation Programme in September 2016 will be posted here once they have been arranged. In the meantime, suitably qualified candidates can be considered by emailed essay and telephone or Skype interview.

Please send applications direct to ifcels@soas.ac.uk or contact our in-country representatives Universal Consultants ((852) 2398 3639, unichk@gmail.com)  Address: 17C, Great Smart Tower, No. 230 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai.

Japan

Entrance tests and interviews in Japan for 2016 entry to ICC Foundation and FDPS Pre-master's programmes will be available by arrangement during our next staff visit in March. Please check the IFCELS Staff Visits to Japan page for the latest information.

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 a telephone or Skype interview.

Korea

We will be running entrance tests for our 2016 ICC Foundation and FDPS Pre-master’s programmes in Korea on several dates during the first half of 2016. Interviews will be carried out in the two weeks after the test by Skype or face to face.  

The first test date is:

Saturday 23rd January in Seoul

Further dates will be posted here when they are decided

Please send your application by email at least one week in advance of the test date to ifcels@soas.ac.uk.

Suitably qualified candidates can also be considered by emailed essay and telephone or Skype interview.

Thailand

Entrance tests and interviews will be available during our visit to Bangkok in March. See our international visits page for details.

Please send your application by email to ifcels@soas.ac.uk or via one of our in-country representative by mid March.

Suitably qualified candidates can also be considered by emailed essay and telephone or Skype interview at any time in the recruitment cycle.

Bahrain, Indonesia, Italy, Kuwait, Taiwan & Turkey

Interviews and tests may be available by arrangement when IFCELS staff visit the above countries. Please check the IFCELS International Visits Page for the latest information.