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Faculty of Languages and Cultures

Year Abroad Procedures and Contacts

Year Abroad Procedures

Study abroad co-ordinator in Department (see list below)
  • responsible for all academic matters relating to students
  • briefing of students upon departure
  • regular contact with students during year abroad
  • generates a list of contact details for each students: email, phone etc.
  • makes arrangements for alternative academic program together with Associate Dean (UG) in case of emergencies
  • if they are the first to hear of an emergency that goes beyond academic matters, they must contact faculty based admin who will alert students services
Study abroad coordinator in Faculty – Student Support Office (room 351)
  • has detailed information on all year abroad agreements
  • alerts staff when agreement needs to be renewed
  • has central database on all students on year abroad including contact details
  • liaises between academic coordinator and  the school's student services in relation to emergency procedures
  • provides support to academic year abroad coordinator
Student and Registry Services 

(primary contact: David Christmas, Director of Student and Registry Services; secondary contact: Bob Westaway, Acting Head of Registry)

  • has details of academic coordinators and faculty-based administrator with YA responsibility, who will normally be the primary contact.
  • In the event of an emergency:
    • takes responsibility for decisions on evacuation and other emergency procedures
    • takes responsibility for communication with affected students
    • liaises with embassies, FCO etc

Year Abroad Co-ordinators

LanguageCo-ordinator
BurmeseJustin Watkins
ThaiDavid Smyth
VietnameseDana Healy
HebrewTamar Drukker
KoreanKyung Eun Lee
ChineseLik Suen
TibetanNathan Hill
Japanese
Arabic
TurkishYorgos Dedes
SwahiliMartin Orwin
BengaliJohn Stevens
HindiNaresh Sharma
NepaliMichael Hutt
IndonesianBen Murtagh

SOAS Contacts

Language year abroad co-ordinator at SOAS - see table above

Faculty Office, Student Support

Lisa McSweeney, Faculty of Languages and Cultures
Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4080/4044
Email: lm2@soas.ac.uk AND languagesandcultures@soas.ac.uk

Mr Roger Nuthall, Faculty of Languages and Cultures
Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4101
Email: rn2@soas.ac.uk

School Registrar and Secretary

Mr. Graeme Appleby
Tel: +44 (0)20 7074 5032
Email: ga12@soas.ac.uk

Dean, Faculty of Languages and Cultures

Prof. Ann Pauwels
Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4474
Email: ap62@soas.ac.uk

Associate Dean, Faculty of Languages and Cultures

Prof. Andrew George
Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4335
Email: ag5@soas.ac.uk

Director of Student and Registry Services

Mr. David Christmas
Tel: +44 (0)20 7074 5081
Email: dc12@soas.ac.uk

Head of Communications

Ms. Catriona Finlayson
Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4966
Email: c.finlayson@soas.ac.uk