SOAS University of London

Facts and figures

2nd
ranked for overall satisfaction in the UK in the NSS 2016

Teaching

  • We rank 5th for teaching quality in the UK in the Times & Sunday Times University League Table 2016
  • 8th in the Complete University Guide 2016 (East & South East Asia)
  • 21st in the Guardian 2015 Guide (Languages and Linguistics combined)
  • 86% satisfaction for teaching and 86% for learning resources in the NSS 2016
  • NSS - Asian Studies departments ranked 2nd in UK
  • Number of Staff: 9 academic, 6 teaching and scholarship, 12 teaching and scholarship (fractional)
  • Eight undergraduate Japanese and Korean degrees(single or joint), with or without periods of study abroad
  • Six postgraduate degrees, most of which with a flexible structure, offering a broad range of disciplinary choices
  • Rigorous language training accompanies the study of the cultures of the region, and in the more intensive programmes constitutes the very foundation for the study of all other disciplines
  • One of two only universities in the UK to offer a BA degree in Korean
  • SOAS joining the global elite for Modern Languages in the recent QS World University Rankings by Subject, where it has been ranked sixth in the UK and 32nd internationally

Research

Alumni and student stories

  • "Not only does SOAS have a great reputation for its Japanese department and Japanese library collection, but I also believe that for language students, there’s no better city to live and study in than London"

    Not only does SOAS have a great reputation for its Japanese department and Japanese library collection, but I also believe that for language students, there’s no better city to live and study in than London

  • "SOAS is a unique institution not only through its degrees, but also through the diversity of people that you meet here. "

    SOAS is a unique institution not only through its degrees, but also through the diversity of people that you meet here. My department is more like a family, the teachers are warm and caring, and they know how to maintain our curiosity for learning new things.

  • "The cultural diversity is something rare in the UK and what makes the university experience so much more than studying."

    It’s a melting pot of languages and cultures where your eyes open to new things you might have never heard about on a daily basis.

  • "Here you’re not only intrigued by the lectures but also by the people around you."

    The best thing about my time here is that there has been a huge improvement in my language skills and I have become more aware of people from various backgrounds. 

  • "Lots of students often bypass a chance to study in the UK because they assume it won’t be a culturally “exotic” experience... Think again!"

    Being a city girl, I thought life in London wouldn’t be too much of a culture shock but it actually was! London is very different from cities like New York or Tokyo. It really is one of a kind.

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

    London is amazing. It is a big city, there is always something going on, always something interesting to do. Also, you can move around easily and fast. It is a frenetic life, but it is just part of the fun. If you want you can also relax in a park. I particularly love parks as there are not many in my city. You can enjoy art, nature and everything else in the same city. I really think it is amazing!

  • "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. "

    My advice would be: go for it! Especially if you are thinking about studying at SOAS because it is a great experience, not only for your CV but for yourself as well because [the] SOAS environment is really as great as the leaflets or the website tell you.

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

    I really enjoyed the intimate atmosphere of SOAS and the chance to learn just as much from my fellow students as from my lecturers. I also really enjoyed how open and helpful the lecturers were, and was grateful to learn that they honestly cared about my progress in their course. I always felt supported during my time at SOAS.

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