Think Beyond Borders
A SOAS education gives you the skills to question conventional thinking and experience the world from multiple perspectives. Our unique approach has helped to produce influential graduates who have gone on to make a real difference, wherever they are in the world.
For example, you could:
reach the heart of world affairs
through our BA International Relations degree, studying global history and power relations, and exploring the ways in which economics, culture, identity and ideas play into world politics.
get a global perspective on English language and literature
with our new BA English. Find out how English has spread around the world, being shaped and adapted by different cultures, explore the reach of Shakespeare's plays and study literatures in English from every point of the compass.
focus on the legal systems of the developing world
by studying for your LLB at one of only a handful of Law Schools globally which take this approach. Expertise in comparative law is complemented by specialists in international law, human rights, transnational commercial law, environmental law and socio-legal method.
develop a deep understanding the history of Africa and Asia
with our BA History course, which approaches historical subject matter, interpretation and methodology with different eyes, for example through economic history or the history of religion and culture.
Meet the world at SOAS
Broaden your horizons
Over 40% of our undergraduate degree programmes offer the opportunity to spend a year abroad, experiencing a different culture first-hand. In 2012/13 our first cohort of SOAS students attended An-Najah National University, in Nablus, for their year abroad.
A special ceremony marks a year of study by SOAS BA Arabic students at An-Najah National University, in Nablus
The eight students, all from the BA Arabic programme, studied Arabic at the Palestinian university and lived in Nablus. This city of 130,000 residents in the West Bank, lies approximately 30 miles north of Jerusalem and has a history stretching back almost 2,000 years, it is an ancient commercial and cultural centre. Third year student Lara Allen-Mepham said: “The mixture of dedicated teaching, and hard-work put into making the program work, combined with living in the seclusion of Nablus makes for a special year, out of the usual practices that we are accustomed to.”
Create global opportunities
Our Careers Service can help you to develop the skills to get noticed and provide you with opportunities to meet some of the world’s top employers.
Lingesh Thayala graduated from SOAS in 2010 with a BSc Economics and now works for Ernst and Young in Malaysia. He found the diversity of the SOAS community very enriching, challenging his way of thinking, and says he has taken this with him into the workplace.
Victoria Stephenson graduated from SOAS in 2011 with an MA International Studies and Diplomacy and now works as a Senior Development Manager at UNICEF. Victoria is in no doubt that her time at SOAS enhanced her communication and negotiation skills as well as developing excellent writing skills and a sound knowledge of international law and human rights law.
Make a difference
Liberian-born US resident Robtel Pailey is a doctoral student at SOAS and recently was named one of the world’s most influential young foreign policy makers. Her book for children, Gbagba, aims to fight corruption and increase literacy in her home country and has been welcomed by Liberia’s Ministry of Education. Robtel has already made an impact through her earlier campaign to make Liberia’s international scholarships system merit-based, transparent and gender-balanced.
Robtel Neajai Pailey presenting her book, Gbagba, to children in Liberia