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International Students

Information for Prospective Students from Pakistan

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Welcome to the country page for Pakistan, which contains specific information for Pakistani students interested in studying at SOAS.
Currently there are 63 students from Pakistan studying at the School.

Contact

Mark Coddington, responsible for supporting students from Pakistan, would be very happy to answer any questions you may have about applying to and studying at SOAS.

Email: mark.coddington@soas.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4032

Minimum Entry Requirements

The below are guidelines only and do not guarantee entry. Each application will be judged on its own merits with your academic qualifications, personal statement and your references all being considered carefully.

Undergraduate

Applicants offering either ‘A’ levels or the IB Diploma will be considered in the same way as UK applicants. Please refer to the undergraduate admissions page for the minimum grades required for each subject. 
The Pakistan High School leaving certificate is not sufficient for entry to a SOAS undergraduate degree. However, the International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies Centre (IFCELS) at SOAS offers a preparatory year for international students seeking entry to undergraduate degrees at British universities. Details can be found at IFCELS.
Applications from students who have already completed a BA or BComm from a university in Pakistan will also be welcome; they should have gained at least a Division I (60% or above).

Information about how to apply can be found on the undergraduate admissions pages and on the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) website.

Postgraduate

Applicants with a Bachelors degree from a university in Pakistan may be considered if they have graduated from a very prestigious university (eg LUMS) or have relevant work experience. SOAS welcomes applications from those with a Masters degree from a university in Pakistan with a Division I (60% or above).
In addition, applicants should also refer to the individual programme entries in the Graduate Prospectus or postgraduate admissions pages, which may have additional requirements.

Applicants to MPhil/PhD programmes should have an excellent master’s degree, preferably from a UK university. Any other application will need to make a strong case and secure the approval of the Associate Dean for Research.

English Language Proficiency 

Applicants whose first language is not English must show that their level of English is sufficient to follow an academic programme in English. There is more information about English language requirements here. For those students who do not quite meet the entry requirements, SOAS offers 4-week and 8-week pre-sessional courses so that students have the opportunity to improve their language skills before beginning academic study.

Foundation Courses

Those applicants who do not meet the above entry requirements or would like to improve their English language before studying for a degree, could consider applying for one of the foundation degrees offered at the SOAS IFCELS centre. Students can improve their English while studying academic courses in an area of their choice, including Development Studies, International Business, Media and Communication and International Politics.

In-Country Representatives

SOAS works with the following educational representatives in Pakistan, many of whom have offices in the main cities. Contact them direct for further details. If you have any comments about these representatives please contact Dan Rolfe.

Aspire Education

32-C Shayan Arcade,
1st Street
Badar Commercial Area
Phase V
Karachi DHA 7550
aspireeducation@hotmail.com

Campus Consultancy (Head Office in the UK)

Mr. Munir Lone
323, Wokingham Road,
Earley, Reading. RG6 7EB. UK.
Cell: 0044 79 20865758
Tel: 0044 118 9662898
Email: munir@campus-uk.com

Campus Consultancy

27-Upper Mall Scheme
Mian Mir Road
Lahore
Tel: 0321-4387512; 0092 42 35714062
naseemhkhan@yahoo.co.uk

Dignosco

MM Alam Road
Lahore
Pakistan
+92301 8379777
ata.rahman@dignosco.org

ERN

2nd Floor, Block 14
Super Market, F/6
Islamabad
ern@dslplus.net.pk

HR Consultants

No.35, First Floor Beverly Centre,
F-6/1,
PO Box 2166, Islamabad
Tel: 0092 51 2206451-2
Fax: 0092 51 2206453
hrcon@apollo.net.pk

RMT Enterprise Head office

46, Badri Building
I.I. Chundrigar Road
Karachi 74000
Tel : 0092 (021) 241-3693, 242-3453
hoodbhoy@khi.comsats.net.pk

Scholarships and funding

SOAS offers a range of scholarships, bursaries and awards to support students. For more information, please visit our scholarships and bursaries web pages.

The Charles Wallace Trust also offer awards specifically for students from Pakistan. Details can be found on the Wallace Trust website.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities Masters has recently announced Scholarships for the study of MA Religions and MA History(Asia/ Africa) for overseas fee paying students. Further details can be found on the Tallow Chandlers scholarship page.
SOAS and the International Students House award the William Ross Murray Scholarship to students from developing countries who wish to study for an LLM. 

There are also a number of scholarships provided by the University of London, the British Government and other external organisations, for a full list please visit scholarships and bursaries.

Alumni

If you would like to ask an alumnus/a of SOAS any questions then you can contact alumni from Pakistan who would be happy to advise you . Please see the SOAS Alumni website for contact details. 

Useful Links

  • The British Council is the British Government's international organisation for educational and cultural relations. This site provides information about the Council’s activities in over one hundred countries worldwide.
  • Education UK is produced by the British Council offers a wealth of advice and information for international students interested in studying for a UK course or qualification.
  • The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is the UK’s national advisory body serving the interests of international students and provides information on many aspects of studying overseas, including visas and immigration.
  • The Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) is the body through which all applications for undergraduate study must be made.
  • For official information on visas and immigration consult the UKBA website.