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Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Student Profiles

Some of the things our students and alumni have said about us:

Xavier Fournier

MA History of Art and Archaeology (Near & Middle East & South East Asia)

Xavier Fournier

The insight provided, knowledge delivered and understanding transmitted during lectures, seminars and conferences at SOAS is impressive and requires real personal involvement in the topics.

Mohammad Mirbashiri

MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies

Mohammad Mirbashiri

SOAS is a truly great institution that provides a stimulating learning environment with extensive resources and outstanding teaching staff.


Padraig Belton

MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies & Certificate in Arabic

Padraig Belton

I happily give to SOAS, my two courses and my lecturers my warmest recommendation.

Samuel Southgate

MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies

Samuel Southgate

SOAS seemed the natural place to come, not only because of its fantastic location in the heart of London, but also because of its specialist focus and its diverse student body.


Samuel Kustaa Lammi

MA Middle Eastern Studies

Samuel Kustaa Lammi

SOAS is truly a microcosm in the heart of London.

Sergiusz Scheller

BA Hebrew and Israeli Studies

Sergiusz Scheller

SOAS is situated in the heart of London, which as a global capital can offer you, if you try hard, anything you wish or fancy


Mia Eskelund Pedersen

BA Arabic and Development Studies

Mia Eskelund Pedersen

The atmosphere at SOAS is incredibly stimulating, and learning in an environment with such a diverse group of engaged students has really made for a very unique learning experience.

Nicholas Day

BA Thai and Economics

Nicholas Day

SOAS is unlike most other places in the UK. It definitely has a unique feeling to it, being a relatively small university, and has a much friendlier atmosphere than larger more impersonal universities


Nazmul Hudha

BA Arabic and Geography

Nazmul Hudha

To describe SOAS in one word: enriching!

Farkhanda Mohiyuddin

BA Persian and History

Farkhanda Mohiyuddin

University experience in SOAS is truly a colourful and unique experience. No other University comes close.


Mysa Kafil-Hussain

BA Arabic and History

Mysa Kafil Hussain

From the moment I first stepped into the SOAS gates, I thought ‘wow this place is different’, with a big gulp in my throat.

Ranya Saadawi, Columbia University

Study Year Abroad

London is a phenomenal city to live in. On any given day there are plenty of things (free or cheap as well!) to do


Ramy Sedhom, Siena College

Study Year Abroad

Ramy Sedhom

London is definitely an ideal place for a university student and I believe that the city prides itself on that

Quinn Connors, Tufts University

Study Year Abroad

Quinn Connors

Despite the size of the city it’s also one that you can easily come to know and feel comfortable in.


Mariam Kandil, Sciences-Po Paris

Study Year Abroad

Mariam Kandil

If you ever have this opportunity, don’t think twice!

Sonja Bartsch, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Sonja Bartsch

I met so many people from different countries, which was an unbelievable experience. Here you can find friends for a lifetime from all over the world and it definitely broadens your horizon.